I know, it's been a week since i've posted but it wasn't completely my fault. Some goober decided to cut the internet wires in the dark of night so we were without internet until that was fixed. And then one day several of us women decided to go shopping in the afternoon and we had language in the morning and when i got home, the electric was off. But the shopping was great fun. We went to a couple of pottery stands on a crazy street and i bargained myself into buying 4 pieces for the grand price of just under $4. One large and 3 small....and if you saw the stands you would wonder how they can sell anything at all. But this is Kenya, not Pottery Barn outlet so it's what's expected. We strolled through the muslim shops, and i bought a piece of material because i have been ruining dresses at a steady rate since we've arrived here. This country is brutal on clothing and i didn't bring near enough. The muslim shops are quite an experience as each stand has a muslim in some form or another perched on a chair in front of their small room. The men will try and convince you that you need their stuff while the women just look suspicious or if you're lucky they might say welcome. I especially pity the women with their bodies wrapped in yards of stifling material even to the point of only having slits for their eyes. It almost makes a person feel naked except that the sweat dripping off me is a good reminder that i do have ample clothing on.
We also went to the "animal market" where you can buy wonderful carved wooden animals, beautiful plates, african art and so forth. A tourist trap of sorts, but it became a literal trap for me when an asian/indian connoisseur decided i look like a vulnerable victim and spent quite a bit of time trying to convince me that i needed to buy his stuff since he is my brother and i'm his sister. Dream on buddy, if you were my brother i'd give you a piece of my mind and kick you out of the family, but since he was standing between me and my exit i was trapped. Didn't think giving him a piece of my mind was wise, so i informed him i will be buying NOTHING since my husband's not along. He didn't believe that for one second, in spite of me insisting that my husband is my boss and i dare not spend 2000 shillings without his approval. He then accused me of not trusting him......a very perceptive man. Eventually he left me go but he will never catch me again if i can help it.
But it's been a good week and was so wonderful to feel healthy! On Friday i went with Marlin and the other Agape couple and the two social workers to meet with the administrators and matrons of the orphans. 6 adults and 6 children crammed into a very old, very rattly van made for a long day but it was good. So good to get out and experience more of the culture and meet the native christians. To eat hot mandazis (like a non sweet donut) from a little roadside stand, and to shout "how do you do" to the little kenyans waving frantically at our van with large smiles.