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Crossing the Road in Loitokitok

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!

7 Responses to “Crossing the Road in Loitokitok”

  • Hi Paul,
    A belated Merry Christmas to you, but wishing you a Happy New Year too.
    Was there really a video on your 12.28.09 entry? I couldn`t get it to play

    Best Wishes,


    • The video is there and plays for me in Opera and Firefox. Maybe try a different browser?

  • Paul,
    Thanks for the reply. I do not use either of those formats which is why. Thanks anyway.

    Happy New Year! ******


  • All that goat makes my eyes do that…I’ve started drinking Krest…yet it is so elusive here..gahh Paul! I had a good time catching up with you hope to see you in Nairobi more soon!

  • Hey! I just COSed from Namibia and am traveling through Kenya at the end of February with another RPCV. We would really like to visit some PCV sites so if you or another current volunteer can host us that would be amazing! Please email me at heather.e.reese@gmail.com if you can help us out. Thanks!

  • Hi Paul,
    Have you been in Kenya for a whole year yet? The reason for my asking, is that I would like to visit the Mt Kenya area of Kenya and I thought with you being there, you could provide first hand knowledge of how the weather is there at various times of the year. Any info you can give is appreciated. I hope this isn`t an imposition for you.



    • Haven’t been to the mountain yet. The only weather I now is coastal weather, which is hot and humid, REALLY hot and humid, and occasionally hot and humid and raining.

Another Loitokitok Christmas

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.

2 Responses to “Another Loitokitok Christmas”

  • Paul, Have a Merry Loitoitok Christmas.
    ther was a very large hole at our very small Christmas gathering this year. Miss you!

  • Dear Paul,
    We hope you had a Merry Christmas. We missed you but
    are so excited for you and your upcoming visitors!!!
    Love, Uncle Harvey Aunt Joyce Kyle and Maria

Loitokitok Photos

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.


3 Responses to “Loitokitok Photos”

  • Nice photos Paul. We enjoy reading your blog. You mentioned that you ate goat meat in a previous entry, I’ve eaten goat (Mexican style) several times and find it quite tasty. I’ll have to try termites some day. Take care and Happy New Year!
    Uncle Joe

  • O no !!!!!!!!!!!!!! No high definition pictures on your blog, what are you going to do that is sooooooo terrible! Even worse than the slaughterd goat which I could not help but to read about.,,,Hmmm lets see i had alot of comments while reading but I have probably forgotten most of them by now. But I do remember that I really want those green couches!!!!!!!! They are awesome! Mount Kilimanjaro looks really pretty, and your brother is really cute with the Christmas tree 🙂 I also like the picture of you!!! Its almost as good as the one you drew for mom and I. I cant believe you got our package on New Years Eve as well. Could not have been more perfect! Well love you! O and your second project can always be learning that magic trick!!!

    • Elise the magic tricks might have saved me today if only I had learned them in time– I need to find some way to keep the kids’ attention!