I’m just gonna be honest… I’m no size zero at home. We don’t need to get into the emotional and physical effect of that but I’d be lying if I said when I left I didn’t think I was going to lose some weight here. I knew I wouldn’t be controlling as much of what and how much I ate and there’s way less processed and fast food there than at home (obviously). I knew I was also going to be walking a tonne and just in general likely being a bit healthier. Then last week happened…
Last weekend, we were supposed to visit a teacher at his home for lunch and also meet some kids at Haki but due to some poor scheduling and a long Skype chat with my brother we had to cancel. This worked out well though as Beth and Cristina came over again but earlier than we expected them and we indulged in a quintessential girls’ day. We started off with lunch in the mall food court where I got to have a spring roll, fried rice and sweet and sour pork and evidently I was happy. After we spent the day shopping (some things don’t change even when you’re away) and picked up some necessities and also some trinkets. There is very little you can’t get here in the city although some Western brands are quite expensive.
When we got home we made some Betty Crocker Triple Hershey’s Chocolate brownies and covered it in peanut butter and watched Two Weeks Notice. Can’t really complain, it was a really great day and we got to recharge and channel our inner teenage girl.
On Sunday we (with Bob and Tricia from my first Nairobi post) were invited to the home of PJ,the short term coordinator for AIM Eastern Region and his wife, Emily. There are no other words to describe them than super duper nice. When I first met Emily, I was so relieved because she was wearing make up and earrings and cute clothes so it was nice to know that missionaries don’t need to be… fashion challenged (although we really love our Chacos). We were treated to a lasagna and fresh made bread lunch which we were REALLY (I mean REALLY) excited about. Bonus for me is that they have two kids Sarah, 8 and Aiden, 5. If you know me at all, you know I love kids and a certain someone at church even refers to me as a baby snatcher because I’m always with a kid or two in tow. So it’s nice to have kids who speak English and can hang out with me. PJ and Emily have been in Nairobi the last 3 years and will be for the foreseeable future so they’ve settled in and made their home really lovely and comfortable. They also have a lovely mirror etching of this quote from The Lion, the With and the Wardrobe that I love.
Safe? Who said anything about safe? But he’s good. He’s the King I tell you. -Mr. Beaver
We’ve also managed to make some friends within the students at school and starting to realize which ones we are connecting with and can begin to focus energy into intentional relationship with them. We took a few of the accounting students out for sodas this week after a long exam and we were able to chat with them about Kenya and their families over ice cold pop all for 180 KES ($2.31 CND). It was nice cause they also didn’t know where we were going so we led the way for once!
We took the hostel girls out for their first taste of pizza. When we arrived almost all of them said they didn’t want to try it so we got fries for everyone instead. But they promptly ate all of our dinner when those tasty, hot, cheesy pies hit the table. To be fair it definitely went over better with some than others but it was nice for us to be able to share a little bit of our culture with them. It was also good to get out of a formal devo setting and just hang out with no teachers/matron around. We could just talk about whatever we wanted and it was nice to see different personalities come out.
Last week I also walked with Mr. Orao, the Job and Business Officer, into the outskirts of the slum to check in on some of the organizations and groups we are attempting to recruit students from. It was a hot day and what we thought was going to take 30 minutes took, in typical Kenyan fashion, like an hour and a half. So on our way back to school he offered to buy me a soda. Somehow I was convinced to take the bigger size because my soda of choice was not available in the typical 300 ml. I had a 500 ml glass bottled soda, which means you sit there and drink the whole thing so you can return the bottle. Have you ever tried to drink 500 ml of soda in 10-15 minutes? I was full, or as they say here very satisfied, for several hours after that.
Basically, I’ve eaten and drank a tonne of sugary, fatty, carb-y delicious things the last two weeks. Whoever thought I was gonna be hungry here was sorely mistaken, myself included.