Caffeine queen

There are times when a cheap packet of instant coffee granules stirred into tepid water can make a girl happy. Tonight I am profoundly happy to have just that and from a lady who loves her coffee that’s saying something. Let me explain… Today is International women’s day and Im travelling up to the North…

Back in Congo

  Im back in DRC after 11 years. The place where I met my husband. The place where I cut my teeth in the humanitarian sector. The place where I experienced the greatest atrocities but saw the hugest smiles. Here are some of the things that have taken up my time over the last few…

Guess where I am

These images were taken within 24hrs of each other. Where am I? I will give you another update tomorrow!

Fire at Nairobi airport

A massive blaze at Jomo Kenyatta airport has engulfed the International arrivals. The airport remains closed and all flights in and out of the airport are cancelled. Amazingly noone was hurt. On the footage I saw one fire engine tackling the fire. There is no public emergency service here so its down to private companies….

Weather report

Just comparing 🙂 Coming back in March so need to psychologically prepare for the cold – BRrrrr.

Furniture delivery

 Furniture in shops here is crazily expensive so unless you want a side of the road, wooden crate sofa which is good for stacking, you need to look elsewhere. A good option is to get one in an expat sale who have European imported furniture. You have to be quick and you have to be…

Explosion in downtown Nairobi

Around lunchtime today (28 May 2012) a  huge blast went off on Moi Avenue, down town Nairobi. It damged shops, caused a large fire and left a wide crater. According to an eye witness, the blast created a large amout of debris leaving 33 people injured, 5 of them are in a critical condition. The PM Raila Odinga…

Talent spotting

Its not everyday you get stopped in the street and asked if you would be interested in modelling, is it? Well on Saturday that is exactly the question asked to me and Chris. We had been busy in down town Nairobi buying some paint for the flat and ended up in the Alliance Francaise  (French…

Off road

For the first time since we arrived we took a road trip out of Nairobi. It felt like breaking a curfew when we snook out of work at midday on Friday, long before the arteries out of town become gridlocked. The highway is a challenge to drive as the poorly laid tarmac is moulded into…

Where do you belong?

This is a question I have been asking myself over the last month given that I have travelled to 3 countries, 6 towns and stayed with countless different people. Ive just got back from a month long visit to the UK and after 2 months in Kenya feel torn between settling into my new life…