Archive for January, 2005

Crying game

Friday, January 28th, 2005

Had a better day yesterday; made a student cry in my class.

Pilgrimage

Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

My friend from Nguluni told me there was a church carved out of the rock at Koma. I’d already spied the grotesque statue of Mary and Jesus on the hill from the road. Last weekend we headed out with a few extras who invited themselves on the trip.

Nakumatt

Monday, January 24th, 2005

Another semi-random snapshot from my inbox today: This one from Theresa: the Peace Corps volunteer associated with the college. It shows me and Katie (Peace Corps volunteer located in Tala) outside the humungous Ngong Hyper Nakumatt supermarket in Nairobi. We’re there, naturally enough, between the giant Lucosaid bottle and the rusty elephant. Karibu Nairobi. Thanks […]

A bit of luck

Monday, January 24th, 2005

Guess what turned up in my inbox today: a lucky escape! I gave the key itself to Prof Mungbean some time in the past and he just forwarded it back to me (as it were). It has made me very happy: I could do with an escape from this place.

Fear and loathing in East Africa

Friday, January 21st, 2005

I’ve had a couple of temper tantrums this week, rather out of character for me. I’m wondering what it was all about.

Bullshit

Thursday, January 13th, 2005

Thats what I told Lily today. My class sat with their notebooks open at the first page waiting for me to say or write something they could write down. I was trying to engate their brains but some of them had their pens in their hands and were just sitting quietly letting me do the […]

Terminal velocity

Tuesday, January 11th, 2005

Term has started again. In fact it started last week. Despite efforts there were either timetables or students unavailable. This week I had a short conversation with the students I will be teaching the Cisco course to and finally today, right now, my first class… … but the timetable changed again and my first class […]

Hakuna Shida

Thursday, January 6th, 2005

Its common for matatus to be plastered with little stickers containing “witty” or religeious phrases. I saw one yesterday which said: HE WHO THINKS THERE IS A PROBLEM GET BUSY SOLVING IT At first I took this to be an encouraging exhortation to problem solving. Then I thought again.

Safari 2: Lake Nakuru

Tuesday, January 4th, 2005

Lake Nakuru, famous for its pink birds.

Safari 1: Masai Mara

Tuesday, January 4th, 2005

Masai Mara Mark and Rena get aboard a flip-top Nissan van and head for the Mara with all the other safari vehicles.