130109–Karibu Kenya!

I’m in Nairobi! Sitting on the floor in my new livingroom grasping the fact that I’m for the first time in my life ”south of Sahara.” The journey here felt much shorter than I was expecting–even though it was snowing i Istanbul and I was rerouted via Amsterdam. I arrived this morning and D. and O. the couple I’m living with had sent a driver to come and pick me up. The driving here is almost even more crazy than in Riyadh, but my new ‘rafiki’ (friend in Swahili) and driver David felt safe. However, I don’t think I will be heading out on the roads driving by myself anytime soon. Today I’ve spent getting acquainted with my neighborhood Kilimani, just north of the city center. This will be my base for now. But my goal is to explore as much as possible. Of course I’ve already gotten lost once, but during the day time most places around here feel and are safe, and people are in general very helpful. Looking for a small supermarket a woman guided me in the right direction, offered me some nuts and told me a little bit about her work with a local NGO. For now things are pretty relaxing. Tonight we are having dinner at an Ethiopian restaurant and I’m going to try and get a hold of a Kenyan number so I can start contacting people to talk to about my project. And I need to figure out what I want to do and where I want to go when I’m here–as I feel and fear that these eight weeks will pass much faster than expected.

Tuonane baadaye–See you later!

/ Irina Bernebring Journiette

tiden springer iväg…

Tiden går och går och om mindre än en vecka är vi hemma igen. Det har hänt mycket sedan vi sist skrev. Vi har hunnit fira både jul & nyår. Har kanske inte haft så mycket julkänsla som man hade haft hemma eftersom det är så himla varmt här. Inte heller har vi ätit någon julmat, men vi klagar inte vi tycker fortfarande maten här är underbar 🙂

Vi har rest runt lite mer på Sri Lanka, besökt fina stränder. Har dock hållit oss i söder. Nu gäller det att njuta av resten av tiden vi har kvar, vilket innebär sol & bad, färska frukt juicer och god mat 🙂

Ha de fint!