Archive for May, 2010

No internet…

May 25, 2010

I apologise for my absence of late… the problem is that we are trying to get internet in our apartment but the service providers, like everything else, are SLOW to do anything. It’s crazy… it drives you crazy, the whole “I’m sorry, but we can’t this week” business… in fact using internet from a korean friend of mine. So please check again in a week, or 2, or 3, or 4, depending on when their royal highnesses decide to provide the service we paid for!

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Sad moments

May 10, 2010

This week we had the bad news moment twice – a dear friend of ours who was going to leave later on in the year is leaving in July, whilst another who was to leave in July will leave next week.

It’s a sad time for us… making friends, and them leaving, probably for ever. Makes you wonder why you invest in making friends here at all, but then it’s very hard… too hard to cope I guess! Also it limits your social life – seeing ppl who you could have gone out with on an evening simply leave, and then you have no one to turn to.

I guess this might be one of the hardest times of the experience. Especially after today, after hearing that one of our dear friends will be leaving. Here the social life is a bit challenging, as the people you work with either have a family or are miserably poor, and finding a social life is hard. You find it, and then they go, and it’s hard to accept that.

This poem basically sums up my mood. It is far from accurate – it was written to describe one’s feelings during a funeral. But when friends leave, friends whom you will probably never see again in your life, it is a hard hard thing to accept. Perhaps the permanent farewell can be called a funeral in a macabre sort of way. Emotionally, it feels like that – Stop everything, let everyone witness your sadness…

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He is Dead.
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the woods;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

W.H. Auden

And finally… our new Apartment

May 6, 2010

First of all, Sincere apologies for not posting on this blog in such a long time. First there was a Kenya-wide internet slowdown caused by an undersea cable problem in the Mediterranean (there is only 1 cable linking East Africa to London to the rest of the world) and then we had the moving chaos, and finally here we are, in our new apartment!

Here are some photos. It’s a cosy, safe apartment. A bit spartan at the moment, but a Great place to be in for its price! And cheaper than Tumaini in the long run 🙂 We moved in last Saturday, and today, thanks to a neighbour who kindly offered me his password, I can use the internet until we get our own ISP in the next 2 weeks.

In the meantime, the weather has been cloudy and dreary – last week it rained, and rained, and RAINED. It’s the rainy season of course, but the mud in Kibera is MUCH worse. When you squish-squash your way through a muddy alleyway reminiscent of a Dicken’s nightmare and have to cross over rivers of sewage, it makes the word “tiring” take on a whole new meaning altogether! I wish I could take some photos of the place, but the possibility of slipping into some sewage sludge track with my camera doesn’t encourage me to carry it with me there!