Archive for April, 2007

Trip to Nairobi National Park – with pictures this time (Bebeth)

Monday, April 23rd, 2007


We finally managed to get a day off yesterday! My friend Charlotte Stanton (who I grew up with in Brooklyn and played squash with in college) works for UNEP and is living in Nairobi, so we went to hang out with her yesterday afternoon. We took a bus to her house in Karen (a very nice suburb of Nairobi named after Karen Blixen) and got a quick tour of her house and got to meet her housemate’s dog, petra. Then we hopped in her car and set off for Nairobi National park. Its really an amazing place. As you can see from the picture, it located right in Nairobi (if you look closely you can see big buildings in the background.) The park doesn’t have any fences so that the animals can still follow their normal migration activities. This means that what kinds of animals are in the park changes from day to day, or maybe, season to season. Today we saw giraffes, bufallo, many birds, baboons, hardibeasts, impalla, to name a few animals.

One of the things we saw was this secretary bird. We’re not exactly sure what he was doing, but he seemed to be playing in the wind, jumping up and down on his nest. Possibly he was trying to push a couch through his front door….we don’t know! This bird was pretty far away, so we couldn’t see it that well, but if you want to know more about it you can read at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretary_bird .


Our drive out of the park gave us this beautiful view.


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A trip to Nairobi National Park

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

We finally managed to get a day off yesterday! My friend Charlotte Stanton (who I grew up with in Brooklyn and played squash with in college) works for UNEP and is living in Nairobi, so we went to hang out with her yesterday afternoon. We took a bus to her house in Karen (a very nice suburb of Nairobi named after Karen Blixen) and got a quick tour of her house and got to meet her housemate’s dog, petra. Then we hopped in her car and set off for Nairobi National park. Its really an amazing place. As you can see from the picture, it located right in Nairobi (if you look closely you can see big buildings in the background.) The park doesn’t have any fences so that the animals can still follow their normal migration activities. This means that what kinds of animals are in the park changes from day to day, or maybe, season to season. Today we saw giraffes, bufallo, many birds, baboons, hardibeasts, impalla, to name a few animals.

One of the things we saw was this secretary bird. We’re not exactly sure what he was doing, but he seemed to be playing in the wind, jumping up and down on his nest. Possibly he was trying to push a couch through his front door….we don’t know! This bird was pretty far away, so we couldn’t see it that well, but if you want to know more about it you can read at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretary_bird .

Our drive out of the park gave us this beautiful view.


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Newspaper Article (Mark)

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

We’ve talked about some of the Deaf HIV/AIDS projects we’ve been working on with Sam, Miranda, and Frank. Last week we went over to Family Health International (FHI) to present some of the projects we are working on. One of the staff members there is also a part-time writer for the Nation, one of the Kenyan newspapers. He really liked the SmartQuiz project and wrote up an article on it in the newspaper. Here’s a copy of the article, hopefully you will be able to read it. (Try clicking on the image to open a bigger version) The only problem with the article is that it makes no reference to Miranda who’s idea it was in the first place. Anyway I guess that’s journalism or you.

Bad Bug Day

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

Yesterday was apparently bad bug day. We didn’t know it when we woke up, but it didn’t take long for it to hit each of us.

Early in the morning Mark and I walked over to the Peace Corps office to have a quick meeting with Louis (our APCD) about planning for IST next week. When it was over I decided to go and check in with the medical team. I’d visited the PCMO last week because my toe had been hurting for awhile. I thought I’d stubbed it, but since it never looked bruised I decided to have it checked out. Last week the PCMO said it didn’t look too bad. Since I was going to be in Nairobi for awhile she decided to just have me soak it and see if it got better. Yesterday it still wasn’t looking any better, so I decided to have it looked at again. PCMO Ruth took one look at it and declared that I had a Chigger. If there are some lucky souls out there that have no idea what that means….it means that I had an insect living in my toe. GROSS!!! PCMO Ruth extracted it, and aside from having a little wound and being totally grossed out, I’m as good as new.

On to Mark….

Later that same day we were sitting in the office and Mark was drinking a cup of tea. He tasted something strange in his mouth and assumed that it was a cinnamon clove (don’t ask…’cause I don’t know!) Apparently he decided that he didn’t want to eat it so he spit it out into his mug…only to find out it was a very large live fly!

Ok, so that last one wasn’t nearly as gross as the first, but it just made it seem like we had bad bug karma that day. Thank goodness its gone today!