Becoming Maasai

Trip Start Mar 13, 2010
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Trip End Feb 13, 2011


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Rahab and Johnsons House

Flag of Kenya  , Rift Valley,
Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I apologise for this late back-dated entry.

Since arriving here we have been thwarted in our attempts to get on line by multiple power cuts in town/ no Internet connections, broken down trucks, heavy rain and flooding amongst other things!
We have been living with our maasai host family for three weeks now. Our local town Kajiado is about a two hour drive from Nairobi. An incredibly bumpy journey in the mini-bus mentioned in our previous post. We were both very tired after waking up at 6am to be collected only to wait around until mid-day until Sanca and his sidekick finally turned up. The scenery however was breathtaking although viewed with a bizarre soundtrack of Erasure and Rick Astly on full volume(!)
We were both very surprised when we arrived that our accommodation was a reasonable sized house and not a mud or tin hut. we have since found out that our host father is the former chairman of Kajiado council and a very respected figure head of the local community!There is one other volunteer staying here, a girl called Anna from Oxford who is on a gap year. The three of us have nice time-outs every now and then to be very British and discuss things such as the weather, tea and of course Harry Potter.

The house despite it's modern exterior has no electricity or running water and our host grandmother lives at the bottom of the garden in a traditional maasai house. The biggest cultural adjustment has been the long drop! It is literally a hole in the ground and if you go at twilight or dawn there are bats constantly flying in and out of it!
The family keep goats, cows, donkeys and chickens all of which are having babies on a nearly daily basis! I am learning to cook meals on a fire and mark has been learning to herd the animals. He has been given a "man stick" which men carry everywhere with them. Despite standing propped up with the man sick Mark has very few chores around the house. I am expected to help with all the cooking, serving the men, making another fire after dinner to make and serve the men tea whilst we wash the dishes, all clothes washing by hand with a bar of soap and general cleaning of the house.
Anyway, I will keep this post short and I will write about our school shortly.

-Also we do have a lot more pictures but it just took 20 minutes to upload these so i will have to wait to find somewhere with better connection to add more
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Katy on

Fantastic, can't wait to see more pics guys! I bet Mark is loving his man stick and lack of chores "man have stick, woman make me tea!" be careful he doesn't get too used to it Annie ;)

Debbie and Chris on

Kajiado! that's where we went. The Childrens home where we went is on the main road out of town next door to the Masai technical college. Glad to hear your having a good time.

robertlanoi
robertlanoi on

thanks for being here and come again mark

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