Driving School

Today I had the wonderful joy of doing a little retail therapy. I so look forward to the weekend because I know it means we’ll make the drive into Nairobi and explore a little. Today I got to do it with a girlfriend, Armida, who knows her way around (that’s always a shopping plus). The May family split up, boys versus girls and we went our separate ways. Ian with the grocery shopping list, me with the last part of my American dollars ready to exchange and spend.

First I was taken to a consignment shop. Yes, gasp, there is one here!! Tiny, but I was still able to find myself a little shirt (hah! A Macy’s brand) and a nice little bathrobe that I had been hoping for even this morning as I stepped out of the shower. The window advertised “new stock” coming in on Tuesday and I am trying to plot how I might make it back to Nairobi on my own, find the shop, shop, and get back in time to pick the kids up from school. That might have to wait until another day!

From there, we headed to a great handmade ceramic bead factory/shop. I spotted some sweet vendors along the road that I might be visiting another time for some gifts to send you all back home. Anyhow, the shop is known for it’s ceramic bead necklaces, earrings, bracelets and dishes.

After that, some lunch and a few more stops (some good touristy type objects) and my therapy session was over and back to joining the family.

Ian insisted that I drive home from Nairobi….so I did. And we all survived. Only 1 matatu honked at me, and there were no near misses. I’m looking forward to knowing my way around Nairobi…so I can get my shop on whenever the need arises without having to wait for a big weekend trip.

Another funny thing, we have this book called Everyone Poops. It discusses the full anatomy of pooping across the animal kingdom. On one page it discusses how some animals poop in place while others poop on the move. Why am I talking about this? Well coming home I almost hit a cow that was refusing to move from my lane. Who knew cows are one of the animals that don’t do it on the move. Got to stand still to make duty. OK, another thing I didn’t know I didn’t know.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by connie clemens on June 13, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    To piggyback off Ron’s request…How is the feeding program working? Do the same kids come or is the group growing? I wondered if the three women helping sort rice in your pictures were staff or volunteers. PS- Hey Anne, tried any nyama choma yet?


  2. Posted by AMERIKA on June 13, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    WHOO HOO!!!!!!! I’m going to a big G-sale at church this morning – wish you were my shopping partner.


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