Things are starting to settle

Trip Start Jul 11, 2007
Trip End Jul 11, 2009

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Jambo rafiki!

Things are starting to settle here in Nairobi.  We haven't had any earthquakes for a while and no more gunshots.  Just the way I like it.

We've started using a taxi service to get about.  We haven't travelled too far yet, but that will take time.  Without any kind of transportation here you end up being very confined.

During the weekend I had a lovely encounter with the troop of monkeys that frequent our area.  They were all in the bamboo trees above the driveway/parking lot and I was walking about to see if I could see them a little better.  I could see a number of small baby monkeys that were very high.....and I don't think the rest of them appreciated me there.  They started throwing branches.....and half an avocado.  It doesn't sound like much, but the avocados here are about the size of a very large grapefruit. 
On Sunday we travelled to the Village Market, which is the largest mall in East Africa.  It's a confusing mall as it has multiple levels, some of which are open air, and many of the shops are small.  We went to see the new Harry Potter movie.  I was surprised that both the new movie and book were out at the same time as in Canada.
After work today we are supposed to meet the telephone guy and some maintenance people to get some more items fixed in our apartment.  The guy from the telephone company was at our place for an hour on Friday and he still couldn't get us a line.  It's no surprise as the demarcation point is just a pile of wires sticking out from the wall.  The odd part is that there is a proper box to run the cabling into and mount the cross-connection right beside the open cabling.  I don't understand why they didn't move the cable the six inches required to install it into the box.  As everyone keeps using the expression from the movie Blood Diamond: TIA.
 July 23rd 2007
We had a cute little visitor last night.  I've named him George.  You not may be able to tell in the picuture, but the round piece he is sitting in one picture is part of the faucet knob.  We're hoping that he keeps growing to help take care of the bugs.  I'm sure there will be more as we start moving into the warm season.
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