Monthly archives:September 2006

Annoying Tests And Ridiculous Tasks
  • Annoying Tests And Ridiculous Tasks

  • "All work and no play..." Makes Carolyn one frustrated girl. We had tests today, and have them tomorrow, and Friday. But, we had tests today. I was in charge of various classes to watch over and make sure, they do not cheat. I was not really told what I [...]
The Americans Must Be Crazy #2
  • The Americans Must Be Crazy #2

  • "How uncultured are we today when our kids do not know International Holidays like Talk Like A Pirate Day?" September 19 was officially International Talk Like A Pirate Day. This was something I definitely had to share with my eighth grade English class. It[...]
The Americans Must Be Crazy
  • The Americans Must Be Crazy

  • "If you are a pet and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail." I have managed to convince my eighth grade class on two separate occasions that Americans are truly insane. The first time I was going over a practice test t[...]
Bring In The Clowns
  • Bring In The Clowns

  • "It's amazing what you can accomplish with an overwhelming confidence and little talent." I discovered an amazing thing the other day. I can make balloon animals. Dogs, swords, crowns, and flowers all of them, I can make out of balloons. The kids here are o[...]
So Many Posts, So Little Internet
  • So Many Posts, So Little Internet

  • The internet has been on the fritz lately. Something about Kenya not paying off it's debt to Israel? I do not know really. All I know is getting online is a matter of being on at the right time of the day on the right day. I have yet to find that balance much [...]
Carolyn Vs. The Mosquito
  • Carolyn Vs. The Mosquito

  • "If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito" When I arrived in Kenya, I was armed to the teeth with mosquito netting, bug repellent, and Malaria pills. You name it, I had it to keep the mosquito's off me. W[...]
Lions And Tigers And Bears
  • Lions And Tigers And Bears

  • "Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew, and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water." So there are no bears, or tigers. But, there were lions, cheetahs, and elephants OH MY! As well as numerous other animals [...]
Bad Luck Runs In Two
  • Bad Luck Runs In Two

  • "Depend on the rabbit's foot if you will, but remember it didn't work for the rabbit." Charlie and George are two of the newest volunteers here at Huruma. They are very sweet, just eighteen, coming from England. Their first day they were eager to go into to[...]
Bumps In The Road
  • Bumps In The Road

  • "There may be many bumps along your road, but sometimes we need a few bumps to make us appreciate the smooth roads when we are on them." The first thing that strikes you while on a drive in Kenya, are the random speed bumps in the middle of the road. They a[...]
Can Anybody Hear Me?
  • Can Anybody Hear Me?

  • Actually, it is more like can anybody understand me? I am living amongst many different people from many different places. Kenya, Canada, Belgium, Israel, Amsterdam, England. And somehow, I am the only one that understands everybody. S: I have a lot of P[...]
Like A Cool Breeze In...
  • Like A Cool Breeze In...

  • "The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are." Sarah took me to Kibera on Tuesday. She has two friends that live their that we took out to lunch and they showed us around the[...]
An English Epidemic
  • An English Epidemic

  • "The acceptance of the English names represents a movement towards civilization to the people." Most of the children I have met so far probably have Kenyan names, but they all introduce themselves by their Christian/English names. I have to admit, while the[...]