So there can be no confusion about just how muddy it gets here when it rains, here’s a clip of some trainees on their way to my session on “technology in the classroom:” Forget “uphill both ways,” this is walking to school at its most dangerous. We even saw a giant tree branch fly by!
And here are the two volunteers who joined me for a Christmas dinner of goat meat (here served on Christmas Day, after church is out). And yes, I did go to church.
Here’s a rare photo of me, as I ponder the profound meaning of family, peace, and goat slaughtering:
Just like the above, here’s another pic my “little brother” took. This one’s of his sister. Does this boy have a knack for natural lighting or what?
Speaking of brothers and sisters, here’s the newest addition to the family since I left here a year ago And yes, she was always this happy to see me.
What’s a Loitokitok photo collection without Kilimanjaro?
Lastly, here’s the Christmas present my Loitokitok family gave to their neighbors: Who’s not a sucker for puppy pictures?
I’m leaving Loitokitok tomorrow for Mombasa, where the next day I’ll be picking up (or just “picking,” as is the custom to say here) my mom and sister from the airport!
Well, it’s been a while and I wish I could say that I’ve been as busy as I wanted to be. Since I got back from Nairobi I’ve mostly been cleaning and reading, but I’ve recently come back to Loitokitok, the place where I spent my first couple months in Kenya, to celebrate Christmas with my old home- stay family and some fellow volunteers. The town is just like I left it, muddy and beautiful, and I look forward to a big Christmas dinner! Hopefully I don’t have to hold the goat as it’s slaughtered this year.
Merry Christmas everyone.
As much as you love my lengthy prose, I figure I owe you a few photos with simple captions. Also, I’m avoiding having to study for tomorrow’s exam, so reviewing photos seemed really appealing. So without further ado…
This is where I sit at home in the evening and respond to blog comments on my phone. I took this photo today. There is always hot milk for me in that thermos.
This is a very accurate drawing of me. I received this during the Secret Santa gift exchange.
And here is the gift I gave to my Secret Santa. Businesses and homes in Loitokitok usually have at least one positive-message baby sign.
This is my homestay brother. He is five years old and he is holding the electric Christmas Tree that I received in a care package on Christmas Eve (great timing!). This picture was taken in the kitchen. In the background: my homestay sister and auntie (the house helper).
On the left is the front gate of my home. In the distance is Mount Kilimanjaro.
And here are all the Deaf Education trainees. The guy on the bottom right is always asking too many questions in class.