In Kenya - Blog day 1

In Kenya - Blog day 1

In Kenya - Blog day 1

KENYA!

So we finally arrived and went through the airport of Nairobi just to find David outside the airport ready to pick us up with a driver. I’ve heard that the traffic in Nairobi can be quite intense, and I get what they mean now. A 1,5 hour ride took like 4 hours. And it was one of the most fun, sleepy, interesting and bumpy rides I’ve ever had. At one point I actually thought that the small bus was going to tilt, but we arrived safe and whole. I was surprised that no one was run over since people were walking next to the highway and across (!!) it all the time. Thank god nothing bad happened.

After a couple of ours we finally arrived at Agnes and David’s House where we were entering as their invited guests. Agnes and David live outside the city of Matuu in a big house where they live together with their two sons. They often let kids from the school live there as well since they need to be taken care of and Agnes and David has the extra room and want to make sure that everyone gets the food and care that they need.Kenyan kitchen

A typical Kenyan kitchen. A fireplace where you cook and prepare all your food. 

They had put together both friends and family and prepared a breakfast for us, sustaining some bananas (picked from the garden), a purple rooth (Cassava rot: it kinda tasted like potatoes but a bit flourier) and some kind of soup that I do not know the name or ingredients of. But some kind of meat. (see picture) They also served us some biscuits, freshly made juice and African Té.

Kenyan food

Some of the food that we were offered for breakfast. 

A very new type of cousine but still very rewarding to sit down in a “real African” home and see what’s that’s like. 

IST collegues up on the wall in Agnes home

Agnes and David visited Denmark and Sweden in June. They had a memory up on their wall from when they visited Anne (Our Danish CEO) in Denmark. 

After the breakfast, Agnes & David showed us around the house, the living room, the dining room, the kitchen and the boys rooms. (Her son’s rooms) They also showed us their dogs, their water tank, their water carrier, their rooster/chicken house (including the roosters and the chickens) and their growing land (chamba) and goods.

Chicken househouse and chicken

The kitchen house and utility room. 

After the tour around the house we were invited to sit down again, this time in their garden, together with some of the teachers and staff at Kilango school and eat lunch. They had made so much food! African culture is a lot about the food. You share and you eat together with friends and family whenever you can. The food is not like it is at home. They do not use that many flavours and spices so they usually prepare the food as is, they boil a lot of the meat and vegetables. We were offered rice, spaghetti, bean stew, corn stew and many other things during this feast.

The danish visitors and Agnes + DavidEating lunchsome of the food

eating lunch together

The danes with Agnes & David.  The other photos are displaying when we had lunch in front of their house. 

The girls in the house had prepared the food the entire day and it was so much fun to sit together and eat. They also got the brilliant idea to mix us all up. Very nice to have a conversation with the teachers from the school. I sat next to the Swahili teacher and we mostly discussed Geographic’s of some kind of reason, but also politics, schools, crime in Nairobi, Platueas, rain and dry seasons and of course, the differences between Sweden and Kenya.

The girls who prepared the lunch

The girls who prepared our food.

It was a lovely afternoon, though we felt a bit tired from the trip. And it feels a little bit odd to be here, don’t get me wrong. I am so excited to finally be here, but there is a huge difference here compared to home.

Walking togetherGladysAgnes and David

Agnes & David Mwanzia our hosts.

Some reflections from the day in general: I like that all people are so friendly and warm, that they are proud of what they own and everything they do in a very nice and kind way. I like that “things” don’t matter as much as it does at home. And yes, I know, I am one of those persons who likes to buy “nice-to-have things” but it gets so real here. You really see the perspectives on everything. Two of the smaller girls that prepared the food for us had put on their nicest dresses and they were so proud. I like that. I think this might be something that we could take after. A couple of weeks ago I read an article that you in some cultures, if something breaks, you fix the flaw with gold. That’s like the most inspiring and nice thing I’ve heard in a really long time. We should live by that more. A flaw isn’t something bad. It’s something unique and valuable. So maybe we don’t need to buy that many things, maybe we could just get better at re-using them, or fix them? Maybe we can try to be more proud of what we already have. How we look and what we know, and stop wishing for more all the time?

Talk to you guys tomorrow, please comment share or like!

With  love from Kenya,

Best Regards Rebecka