I'm still exhausted!
31.12.2009 - 17.01.2010
Saturday, Jan. 23rd:
January has flown by! First New Years, then back to school, and finally a weekend long birthday celebration with so many rounds of fried chicken I couldn't even keep track!
For starters, we stayed local for New Years. I finally conviced people to try smack the blat, and it was a hit! A new party favorite here in Nairobi. Later, a group of teachers met up at Tribe Hotel, a very swanky new spot in town for the countdown. Our favorite band, Sauti Soul was performing. I, of course, wore a special hat for the occasion. Fireworks, champagne, and two idiots in the pool helped ring in 2010!
I've climbed my first mountain! Mt. Longonot is about an hour outside of Nairobi and a straight vertical climb up! However, the view was definitely worth the climb...and the sore legs for days afterwards! Once we got to the peak of the mountain we walked around the crater enjoying the view and avoiding the water buffalo scattered along the ridges. The climb was a challenge, but one of many mountains down.
Next up was Philip's bday. I'm always shocked when I see a Cubs or Packers shirt on some random Kenyan, and our visit to a local soccer match was no different. I think I saw Reggie Greene in the crowd! The game was quite an experience...hundreds of Kenyans screaming and dancing, trying to get an autograph of a Cameroon player that is on a European team.
And then, on to the birthday! Round one of fried chicken: the staff canteen at lunch. A special item appeared on the menu board: Brake's fried chicken. (Kenyans pronounce Bl like Br, so my official nickname here is Brake.) When the day finally ended, Lindsey and Emily picked my up from school with a change of clothes and a greasy paper bag filled with fried chicken. I almost hit some innocent pedestrians with the empty bones on the side of the road.
Then, I was surprised by a group of friends from school at a local tapas bar. The table was decked out in balloons, party hats, toys and bling. After a few rounds of dirty martinis we were off on our next leg of the adventure...bowling! My skills at the wii version did not translate well into an actual game, and the drinks might have had something to do with it. I saw plenty of students while there, and eventually got into a very competive game of "who can hit the bumpers the most times and still knock pins down"? The night was finished with some hard core dancing at Black Diamond.
Saturday was a fancy dinner with the newbies, followed close behind by more dancing and drinks. However, the real big day, Sunday, was by far the icing on the cake. About a dozen friends came over to the apt. for a pool party and fried chicken fest! I have eaten enough chicken to last me all year...excpet for when I come home and have the real deal from KFC, of course!