Two Years in Kenya

It will be two years ago tomorrow that I moved to Kenya with Sara. After a few months living in Tala we were evacuated due to the post-election violence after Kenya’s 2007 Presidential election, but I came back soon after. In that period I’ve taught computer classes as a VSO volunteer, traveled all over East Africa, learned Swahili, forgotten English, and gotten a non-volunteer job in Nairobi. Who knows where the hell I’ll be in two more years!

Tomorrow is also the annual Nairobi Marathon, in which I’ll be running ten kilometers. I’ve never been a runner, per se, but I’ve always been into sports. I want to do the run more for fun than anything else (besides, ten kilometers isn’t really that far — a whole marathon is forty-two). For the past two months or so I have been training (if you can call it that) with some buddies at work. We run at lunch time, anywhere from five to ten kilometers, through dirt roads, corn fields, etc. It’s a great way to get out of the office if nothing else. Not to mention the countryside is very beautiful, especially when you’re running in the rain. Also, I don’t feel so guilty when I go out and eat a pastry at the coffee shop afterwords.

Adios, muchachos!

5 Comments to “Two Years in Kenya”

  1. Geoffrey Kibet Rotich

    Good to hear that you have enjoyed your volunteer time in Kenya. I also completed mine in Ethiopia last month. I am a Kenyan and currently I am at home in a place called Bomet.

    1. Alan Author

      Wow, what a great experience. Did you enjoy your time in Ethiopia? It’s SO different than East Africa, isn’t it?!

  2. Buddy! I found you!
    Man I have been looking all over for you for years, and all this time all I had to do was find your website again. This is Rog, by the way. I don’t think we’ve talked in about 2 years but it looks like you’ve moved your life from Chico right into the African ways. That’s awesome. Seem like a whole new man, from the pink hat, death metal, trips to the water holes, mish-finding, ice cream sandwich on a picnic table in the middle of safeway eating, random adventures we had those years back at Chico. Whew. It’s good to see you’re doing good and keeping well. Hope to hear from you again someday man, and maybe even meet up with you again too! Take it easy brotha. Rog Out.

    1. Alan Author

      Haha, I remember eating ice cream sandwiches at the picnic table inside the grocery store. I think that was Seth’s influence, wasn’t it?! Glad you found me, now don’t lose me again!

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