S: Blogging my way through KENya 1/18/2010- 7/18/2010
FC: KENYA | Blogging my way through
2: January 16, 2010 | "getting ready!" so i thought i'd make the blog now so i can send everyone the URL. im at the tailend of packing for Kenya. Flight leaves Sunday and it hasnt hit me yet that im going. it'll probably sink in on the flight somewhere... thanks for all your support and love! Posted by EricaS at 12:41 AM
3: Colleen said... This is so exciting! I'll be thinking about you and stalking you here and on Facebook. WOO!
6: Lots of tears at O'Hare, 20 hours of anticipation, and a friendly face in Nairobi.
7: Made it here safe! On the first flight I made a friend from Russia. That's pretty random of me bc I usually sleep and zone out on airplanes. It was cool to have someone to talk to. The second flight wasn't so great bc I was jetlagged bc I neglected to take my anti-jet lag pills. I was so excited when we got close to Kenya..it was 61 degrees F when we were still high up! I got real excited bc it could only be warmer when we were on the ground. John and his friend, Mitch, picked me up at the airport. It was good to be in good company! I've been in Kenya for a few days now. It's so nice to have hot showers everyday and indoor plumbing. Ate pizza yesterday from the mall and listening to music on my laptop. Definitely getting spoiled before we head back to the hills. Oh, John's PCV friend, Grover, loves kimchi and lots of other Korean food. Probably more than I like Korean food, haha. They had kimchi, chap chae and other Asian food yesterday. We might head to the villages within the next day or so. Also, my house at the clinic will have electricity but John said it's not always reliable, but I'm glad I'll have a possible connection to everyone. Miss everyone back home! Posted by EricaS at 11:10 PM | Nairobi life | January 19, 2010
8: Mwambirwa that's the name of my village. i finally saw it in writing and realized there is a soft M, like many names of ppl and villages here. a lot has happenend since the posh Nairobi life...after visiting John's PVC friend in Wundanyi (which is also kinda posh) we went from Voi (biggest town closest to where I am) to my new place. it was funny bc i gradually transitioned into village life. we didnt plan it like that, but we went from most modern and nice accomodations to least and finally to my village! haha. I had some unexpected roommates for a day..CHICKENS! they're out now and im airing the place out. so now i have the house to myself. This is my second day at the clinic. the locals are all thankful for extra help. they have one nurse -she does the injections, dressings, prescribing after she sees each patient and sometimes she delivers babies; one pharmacist-ish person who dispenses medication and helps with weighing babies. I've told them I am going to try to help where I can and that Im not a doctor. I've just been floating around trying to figure out how things are done. ppl here are of course super friendly and the staff is helping me adjust to everything. I'm on my lunch break now, 1.5 hours. they need that much time to cook and clean bc everything's a lot slower than in the States. ie, manually pour water from a big jug to wash dishes. this may not sound hard, but it is....I definitely appreciate a faucet! i visited john in his village a few days ago, but i got lost (which is a given if you know me) after john gave me directions. i ended up going the long way which took me an hour and 15 minutes. john actually walked all the way to my village and back in time to meet me near his village, haha. what a power walker! then the next day he gave me directions back and i got lost not even a minute after leaving John. Luckily, i ran into someone I knew in his village and he pointed me in the right direction. i made to Mwambirwa without any wrong turns! talk soon! Posted by EricaS at 2:19 AM