Kenya

Driving tour of Kitengela

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I found a video of driving in Kitengela. The video starts a bit slowly as it begins on the outskirts of town, but gets much more interesting after the first minute. It shows places I used to go to all the time, like Eastmatt – and after 3:00 (and once the truck moves that is […]

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Elephanta Island, and the spirit of E. M. Forster

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I visited Elephanta, an island that lies in Mumbai’s harbour, about seven miles north-east of the jetty in front of the Gateway of India.  I went down to the Gateway and bought a ticket for the ferry to the island (Rs 150 at time of writing), and then queued up on the jetty with groups […]

India

Practical Realities of Living Abroad

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This post is for those of you who might be feeling that I am living a glamorous and exotic life in the sunshine, while you suffer the ignominy of daily life.  This is to reassure you that my life is not glamorous, at all. I’ve recently realised that there’s going to have to be a […]

Kenya

Moving on from Diani

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Last week I spent my remaining time on Diani swimming in the sea, reading (Amitav Ghosh’s The Glass Palace – incredible book!) and eating.  In my delight at having a kitchen I cooked three large, warm meals per day, and put on lots of weight, reclaiming all the pounds I had lost during the previous […]

Kenya

Tsavo East Safari and Wasini Island

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So much has happened in the past few days.  The first thing is the weather has changed and is now so extremely hot that it’s worthy of comment.  It began on Sunday afternoon, and through Monday it was almost unbearable.  It probably sounds like a lot of fun to you who are stuck in winter-gripped […]

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Marine Safari

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On Saturday I went on a marine safari to Kisite Marine Reserve. I got picked up in a private touring matatu from my cottage at 7.15am, and we drove along the strip picking up other passengers from their hotels.  This also enabled me to see some of the other hotels along the strip – some […]

Kenya

Korrompoi and Nairobi

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All my bank problems have finally been resolved, and I am so happy!  For a week I have had no access to any money… but now I have a new pin and my card is actually working in an ATM here in Kitengela!  The good old Kenya Central Bank (KCB) has given me cash…! Now […]

Kenya

Kitengela Diary

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Last Sunday two things happened: there was a nationwide power cut across Kenya, and the rains finally arrived in (and flooded) Kitengela.  The internet has been down since last Saturday so I am really excited that today I can blog again!  It’s 4.25pm and I have just got back from school. Last weekend was quite […]

Kenya

Kenya Journal 21-10-09

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So I have arrived in Kenya, and met my lovely host family.  I’m living in Kitengela, a small, rapidly growing town about 30km (19 miles) south of Nairobi. Today was my first day at school. It was overwhelming meeting the kids as they all attached themselves to me and took me off to classrooms 1-4 […]