Lucy, New Appliances, and Tough Chicken
Trip Start Nov 29, 2004
24Trip End Dec 27, 2004
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We went to a large Fred Meyer type store called Uchumi for some groceries. After that we went to another, similar store that also sells large appliances. Sara and I bought a microwave for the family, and a refrigerator for Mungai. Those are things they really needed and it made everyone quite happy. Additionally, the store actually delivered the items for free, but we did tip the drivers 100 shilling each (a little over a dollar).
Dinner was at home again - really tough chicken and sukumawiki. Sukumawiki is kale sliced very thin, and mixed with beef and chopped tomatoes, and a ubiquitous spice in Kenyan cooking called Mchuzi Mix. Mchuzi Mix tastes like curry and beef bullion. It was good but the chicken was hard for me to eat. Last night, I thought I had lost my PDA. It turned up the next day thank God, that would be very inconvenient. Also, it is AIDS week (or AIDS prevention week) this week, so there is some kind of meeting downtown, and lots of signs and TV commercials about it. AIDS is a big problem in Africa, mostly in South Africa. They say it is due to a lack of education, lifestyle, and lack of medicine. In Kenya, a new service has started that let's people sign up and receive AIDS prevention tips on their cell phones. Nearly everyone here has a cell phone
We visited Lawi's office and uncle Mbogua showed up. He had visited us in Seattle a few years ago and we showed him the town. He is a really great guy I am always happy to spend time with him. Unfortunately he was attacked in an attempted robbery a few months ago. He is OK now but is missing parts of his front teeth.
We also bought some Kenyan booze - gin and Tusker beer - and got free tickets to an event on Saturday. Wamaitha's sister, Gladys (Wanja) also showed up, she is very nice and is always willing to lend a hand. Also, everyone loves the fudge that my mom sent. Mami is refusing to let people eat it because she wants to save it for relatives who visit.