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Monday, October 16, 2006

Hey everyone! So, this past Wednesday my country analysis teacher decided to take us on a field trip to Tanzania. I know, who takes a field trip to Tanzania? We literally drove about three hours, walked across the border, walked back into Kenya for a nice lunch at a lodge, and drove three hours back. He wanted to point out that Tanzania is not very different from Kenya. It was sort of crazy how easily people can just walk across the border. Our teacher was also trying to make the point that before colonialization, there were no borders; borders in Africa are a legacy of European colonialism. Hey no complaints with this field trip and I was even ready to take notes, well I brought a notebook along.

After class, I headed downtown with my friend Melissa in search of good-live music. We started at this bar called Tacos and on the sign it had the Taco Bell logo. Sadly, there were no vegetarian chalupas. I hardly ever eat them but what I would give for just one. We then ventured to this place called Simmers. It's an outdoor bar with live music. The music was just okay. As we were talking, this guy comes to our table and asks us if we want to hear some reggae music. Melissa and I both enjoy reggae so we of course said yes. Chris sat with us while we finished our drinks and we found out that he is a travel guide. He takes people on safaris and trips all around Kenya and told us if there was ever two seats, we could come along. We found out that the reason he asked us if we liked reggae, was because of my hair. He thought I had dreds. We never made it to the music but he took us to the balcony of the safari company. It was a pretty nice view of the city lights.

Friday after class (FAC), I went downtown to meet my sister Slyvia to get my hair done. She convinced me to get my hair straighten for my counsin's wedding on Saturday. Don't worry, my hair is back to it's normal curly state. It was a fun experience hanging out with all these women and I got to read Kenya Cosmo. As we were waiting for a bus, it started to dizzle. Slyvia and I started to panic a little but luckly we made it under shelter just in time. I also got a dress made for the wedding. Of course, it's green and I've posted pictures. The wedding was like any of the weddings I have attended. There was some traditional singing and dancing and lots of food. It was an outdoors wedding at a sports club and on the field near us, there were kids playing soccer. I had a good time and met many relatives and friends of the family. During the pictures, they called up all of the groom's counsins and I stayed in my seat because technically I'm not a cousin. My host mom told me to get up there because I was Richard's counsin. It was nice of her to tell me I was family but it was so awkward walking up there. Everyone was staring and trying to figure out the hell was I related. It made me laugh.

On Sunday, a bunch of us went to Kiberia to play a friendly game of soccer. It was an opportunity for people on the program to see the school, get a tour of Kiberia, and have fun. I had seen parts of Kiberia before but some of the things I saw are hard to explain. It is a walk you experience with all of your senses. It's hard to believe that people are living in such conditions. The school hopes that through education and soccer, they will be able to send their girls to college to better themselves and their community. I hope the school is able to accomplish that goal. Speaking of goals, the girls scored 4 against us. It was the girls against us and we were schooled. I think we are all rusty and out of shape but also, these girls have some mad skills. We played 15 minutes halves and that was more than enough running for us.

I can't believe how little time I have left in Nairobi. I'm excited to live in Mombasa but I have gotten comfortable here. I have to start all over and establish myself somewhere new. I still don't have details about my family or what I will be doing for my intenship, which is making me a little nervous but I'm sure it will turn out to be okay. This week we have off on Friday and Monday because it's Kenyatta Day, like President's Day. So, my plan is to go to the islands off Tanzania with a few friends. That's all for now. I hope all is well and let me know what you guys are planning for Halloween.

Love ya lots,
Amy
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nlsiegel
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What're you doing straightening your hair Veronica?
I guess it's ok b/c your curly hair did land you a connection to raggae music and a tour guide. I miss you!

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