Monthly Archives: September 2012

But I Know, Change (Not) Gonna Come

So a huge, huge, huge peeve of mine is when I try to buy something/pay for a service here in Kenya (though I would imagine it’s true throughout the developing world) only to discover that the seller doesn’t have change. … Continue reading

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THE MALL

When I lived in South America, I learned that Bolivians and Argentines looooove the mall. The shopping centers that we take for granted in the States or perhaps even speak about disdainfully (“It’s just so bland. It has no culture!”) … Continue reading

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Swenglish? Englahili? Kiswanglish?

I think most people agree that an English-Spanish mix is Spanglish (or Espanglish, as they say in Spanish-speaking countries) and Chinese and English is Chinglish. However, I can’t seem to find a consensus on what Kiswahili-English ought to be. Which … Continue reading

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Can We Pretend That Shooting Stars in the Night Sky are Like Airplanes?

Yes, I wrote the title correctly. While BoB and Hayley Williams in America might be singing about how they need to wish upon a shooting star, I’m learning that in Kenya, things that excite me seem mundane to them, while … Continue reading

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School and the Status Quo

When up in Northern Kenya, driving on a Sunday evening, my co-passengers and I saw a sight that seemed perfectly normal to them, but odd to me. There were several groups of young people, all walking alongside the road with … Continue reading

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Who says Spanish has no use in East Africa?

One thing that seems quite unavoidable when it comes to being a white, Nanyuki, resident is getting unwanted attention. Usually, I don’t mind it–I find turning down sunglass vendors, taxi drivers, and so on rather amusing. Plus, great chance to … Continue reading

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Music: The Easiest Path to “Cred”

For the NGO worker living abroad, it is very important that they establish cred with the locals as someone who “understands their culture.” Expat aid workers can’t help but feel a little smug when they get a surprised look from … Continue reading

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