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Four years in Kenya

Depending on how you count, today or yesterday marks four years since I’ve been in Kenya; I left the United States on October 25th, 2007, and arrived on the 26th. In those four years I’ve taught computer science classes, learned Swahili, traveled Eastern Africa, fainted and whacked my head on the floor, became a small-scale farmer, and bought a flat screen TV; what an adventure.

Here are some photo highlights (in no particular order):

Looking back at it all makes me want to do it all over again…

Kentucky Fried Chicken comes to Kenya

For all the niceties we have in Kenya (especially in Nairobi), we lack the presence of large Western chain stores and restaurant franchises. Honestly I couldn’t care less, but I remember it being a surprise when I first came to Kenya in 2007. In the United States at least, we’re used to being constantly bombarded with McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Walmart, etc; I was so sure that at least some of those familiar things would be here in Kenya.

As this USA Today article states, that has changed:

You can’t buy a Big Mac in Kenya. There are no Burger Kings. But there’s good news for chicken lovers…

To my knowledge, this is the first Western chain which has come to Kenya. The doors opened in August, 2011, and everyone’s been talking about it. I happened to be at the Junction mall the other day so I snapped a picture of the (in)famous Colonel Sanders logo.

I haven’t eaten there yet, and I probably never will (I hear it’s really expensive); I just think it’s funny to see that logo in Nairobi after all these years of seeing nothing but local brands…

Ice skating at Panari Sky Centre

Cassandra, Bill, and I went ice skating this past weekend at the Panari Sky Centre‘s “Solar Ice Rink” (whatever that means). Bill’s visiting ILRI from the UK to help with some embryo transfer stuff, and I figured it’d be fun for him to see something outside of the institute over the weekend.

I had my fancy shmancy phone with me so I just had to see how well I could skate backwards and take pictures…

… and video!

They only let you skate for one hour (after which they have to refreeze the ice… or something), but we must have gone around 400 times in that hour; a good workout, and very enjoyable!


I was so lucky to see this advertisement today as I was walking down Wayaki Way after work. At first it was the “Core i3″ that caught my eye, and then the words “FREE DOS” leapt out at me. Holy cow, each new Dell Inspiron comes with a complimentary copy of DOS! How Dell limited themselves to only using capital letters, I don’t know. If I had an opportunity like that I would pay some guy to stand on top of the billboard, shouting, “FREE DOS!!!” at the top of his lungs!

Just kidding… FreeDOS is a free, open-source clone of Microsoft’s Disk Operating System (DOS). Yes, DOS. You know, the black and white one from 1980 where you type commands. The one before the GUI became common. Ringing any bells?

The reason this is hilarious is because FreeDOS is not a FEATURE, you can’t do anything with it. It’s there to keep the price of the laptop down. If Windows ain’t pre-installed, then you’re not paying the “Microsoft Tax.” Why they don’t just install an equally-free (and more useful) operating system like Ubuntu, I have no idea. The fact that none of their target audience even knows what FreeDOS is is just an added bonus.

Good work, Dell. Way to push the envelope ;)