Thursday, August 9, 2012

week one in Kenya

We made it!

It feels like an entire year has passed since our last post. Those were crazy times, packing up the house, sorting out bank details, seriously downsizing our belongings and finalising power of attorney paperwork - at the departure gate, no less!

We then spent 30 + hours in transit before landing at Jomo Kenyatta Airport and finding ourselves in a new whirlwind of activity. We joined with another seven Australians for our week of orientation - Swahili classes, security briefings, house hunting, safari, health sessions, supermarket visits, public transport runs etc. It was busy and a bit exhausting, but also great fun to spend time with the others and get a glimpse of our next twelve months.

Already, we’ve seen lions in Nairobi National Park, monkeys in our neighbour's garden and Australian Women’s Weekly cookbooks in the local supermarket, Nakumatt. We are coming to realize very quickly that Nairobi really does have it all and any preconceived ideas you may have of us living rough in a grass hut are wildly incorrect!

Now the dust has settled and we find ourselves setting up house in a really great apartment in a great part of Nairobi. The apartment came fully furnished and we've spent the last few days hunting down linen and crockery and other bits and bobs to make the place feel more homey.

We have a handful of photos already and are looking forward to sharing tidbits of our life in Nairobi, but we'll say 'kwaheri' for now and leave you with the promise of more in the next few days.

swahili word of the day
kwaheri - 'goodbye'

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