This morning we felt as though we needed a break, so decided to trek into Ngong for a morning visit for drinking water, to check emails, charge our phones and do the other stuff we can’t do at home. We caught the first Matatu that morning which came past at about 7am – and too our surprise was not as full as usual! This meant we could both get a seat…well kind of as the seats are really designed for super slim Kenyans! On the Matatu sat 4 other Muzungos (White people) all covering there heads from the dust produced from the roads. We later saw they were fellow volunteers, and after a long and dusty trip to Ngong, we hopped off to catch up on gossip over breakfast.
One by one we slowly ticked off all the jobs we had planned to get done, except fully charge our phones due to a power cut! Great! Still no power!! At midday all of our jobs were complete, and we were starting to get thirsty, so bought a Nairobi (cold) Coke and a bar of chocolate and sat on the side of the road as we waited for a Matatu to take us back home. These are the moments that you cherish what you have at home!!
We waited and waited – for over an hour in the hot Kenyan sun – until the driver thought the Matatu was so overcrowded and unsafe, it was time to leave!
That afternoon we arrived home for lunch, despite our clothes, hair and body bring covered in dust! A long shower soon fixed that problem!
Over the past couple of weeks I have also taken to my hammer and nails, and today decided to recreate an episode of ‘Extreme Makeover Home Edition’ after noticing items of furniture at home were in need of a repair. I grabbed my design team – Jax – and together we built a new shelf using old bits of wood from school!! Nini was very happy with the new shelf which graces one of the bedrooms in the hut!
That evening we had a visit from two more siblings from Nairobi – Regina and Lydia. Regina is currently studying accounting and Lydia at boarding school in Nairobi. That evening we all met at dinner before retreating to bed, under a blanket of the brightest stars we have ever seen.