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Train, no rain

sunny 26 °C

Emma told me to rant about the water situation on the blog, as it will help get things off my chest instead of punching things. Somehow, the pipes are dry once again. Man, it is so stressful especially because I feel so frustrated. It has been almost 2 months now where we have to rely on waterboys to carry hydrochloride acid jerry cans to fill our containers with water. 2 months of dragging water up the stairs to flush the toilets and washing from a basin crouched down in the bathroom. Water issues here make me really appreciate all the rain in Scotland, I feel like running naked in the driech and drizzle when we get back.

Anyway, that is our home in Kisumu. On Wednesday, I travelled to Nairobbery to meet with our first visitor from Edinburgh off the plane – Jordan (known to me as Katie Price). It is his first time in Africa, so it is quite exciting for him. I found it great to hear another Scottish accent and speak to someone who knows what Irn Bru is and who Partick Thistle are.
Me atop KICC overlooking Nairobi

Me atop KICC overlooking Nairobi

Jordan atop Kenya International Conference Centre

Jordan atop Kenya International Conference Centre

Kenya International Conference Centre and Jomo Kenyata, 1st President

Kenya International Conference Centre and Jomo Kenyata, 1st President


We took the train back from Nairobi, which isn’t the way to travel if you want a rapid inter-city transfer. But it definitely is the way to travel for a bit of adventure in an old colonial sleeper train. It was crazy as it had the ancient cutlery from 1910 or something like that when we were served in the dining cabin. The scenery was very picturesque when we woke up in the morning travelling through the Rift Valley with the sun rising over the peaks. After leaving the train station in Nairobi, it was a very weird experience to pass so close to all the tinned shacks in the shanty town of Kibera. It was really hard to imagine living in such desperate conditions where sewage is flowing openly and the housing is so jam-packed.
Travelling through Kibera slum

Travelling through Kibera slum

Jordan in train-ing

Jordan in train-ing

Train Station somewhere en route

Train Station somewhere en route

The Railway Children

The Railway Children

Railway Scenery

Railway Scenery

Meandering Train in morning sun

Meandering Train in morning sun

Railway Scenery

Railway Scenery

Railway Scenery

Railway Scenery

Railway Scenery

Railway Scenery


Jordan seems to have settled quickly into his new life in Kisumu, he hasn’t been fazed by our water issues or by being called ‘mzungu’ everywhere. In fact, he has done well to be quickly picking up Swahili phrases, introducing himself as Jordan Bahookie to new friends as no one knows any better. I will let him speak for himself as a guest blogger nex time and you can get his perspective...

Posted by africraigs 12:37 Archived in Kenya

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