Monday, June 30, 2008
The first day we took a bus to Bath and got to see the cute town in which Jessi currently resides. It was a fascinating, beautiful place, and we really enjoyed our time there. After Bath, we took a train to London where Kendra and I saw the musical The Lion King. It was an incredible show, and it ended up being a great way for me to say good bye to Kenya. The animals and colors reminded me so much of what has been my home for the last 2 years.
The next day we went to church in London with some of Jessi’s friends. I don’t think I’ve ever been to church in a building that old, and I really enjoyed the service. That afternoon we went to the Tower of London and had a tour there. Then we went to West Minster Abbey for the evening service. The pipe organ was incredible, and though the service was nothing exceptional, it gave us a great opportunity to see the abbey for free. Outside of the abbey are the Houses of Parliament. We were surprised to see a Bush demonstration going on there. Apparently he was in London that day.
That night we slept at one of Jessi’s friend’s houses and then left in the morning to see St. Paul’s Cathedral before we went to the airport. Just like Westminster Abbey, this cathedral was also beautiful and indescribable. I think my favorite thing about both St. Paul’s and Westminster is that there is a reverent awe that comes over everyone as they walk inside. Everyone is silent and looking up. Sadly, there are few things in this world that evoke such responses from multitudes of people. Perhaps this is why people find it hard to find God. There is an unwillingness to be silent and stand in awe.
That afternoon, Kendra and I hopped on a plane back to Seattle. We left London around 4:30 pm and landed in Seattle around 6 pm. I’ll let you do the math. Brother Dayn picked us up from the airport and drove us to Portland. The end.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
After rafting, Brad and Grant drove us to their house in Kampala where we stayed overnight. The next day we took a taxi (public transport van) to a little town called Entebbe. Loretta, the lady who used to teach first grade at WNS, lives there with her husband, where they are serving as missionaries with AIM Air. Loretta was like a surrogate mother to me in Nairobi, so it was fun to visit her and see her life in Uganda. She lives in a beautiful place – they have chickens, avocado trees, mango trees, papaya trees, three kinds of banana trees, and the list goes on. It was a little paradise! Kendra and I stayed the night there and then went back to Kampala the next day. We hung out with Brad and Grant some more and then took a bus back over the border into Kenya for the next adventure. But I won’t tell you about that adventure just yet. Enjoy the pictures of Uganda, which, by the way is BEAUTIFUL. I think this is the next place I want to live…or at least dream about living.
Friday, June 27, 2008
During finals week, the girls in my Bible class put together skits from various passages in the book of Acts. The 8th graders in my science class had to invent something or improve on an invention that already exists. As you can see from the pictures, the 8th graders worked really hard and made some pretty amazing things!
The other pictures are from the end of the year staff dinner that we had. Kayla, Craig, and I are all leaving the school, so we got these Masai clubs as a going away gift. On the last day of school, there was a closing ceremony where I led worship (one song), and the school prayed for people who were leaving. Hope you enjoy the pictures!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
The program started out with Chris, the main instructor, laying down the law, splitting the kids into 2 teams, and starting them off on various team building games. As you will see in the pictures, he split them up by using a marker to draw either a moustache or eyebrows on their faces. This was quite entertaining for all of us teachers to watch, considering I could name several kids whose faces I would have liked to draw on at some point (sorry to all my students who are reading this, but it’s true, and you probably would have liked to do the same to mine!).
The second day was spent kayaking for half a day and then rock climbing for the other half. The location of the camp is on the Tana River, and it was just outside the town of Embu, making it about a 2 ½ hour drive from Nairobi. The landscape was gorgeous, and I enjoyed the mix of rural Kenya with all these outdoor activities. While we were rock climbing, we had a herd of cows and goats pass through the place we were climbing, and then local kids from the farms surrounding would come watch, probably wondering what in the world we were doing.
The last day, we went rafting. For obvious reasons, I don’t have any pictures of us rafting, but we all had a great time, and the 8th grade trip was well worth all the time we spent fund raising. Thank God! Check out the slide show beneath this post.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
For the past 2 months, my computer has been out of commission, and for the past 3 weeks I have been doing some travelling. This means that I have not been able to put any pictures on my blog, and let's be honest, blogs without pictures are a bit dull. Now you may be thinking, surely this post means that Daylan is about to post a whole slough of pictures about her adventures on the Nile, hiking a rainforest in Kenya, and seeing "The Lion King" in London. But you would be wrong. Today I am leaving for the wedding of my dear friends Kayla and Craig, and thus I will have to put off the posting of pictures for another day. But I will leave you with a list of some highlights over the past few weeks.
1. 8th grade rafting trip was amazing!
2. Kendra came to visit. She helped me close up everything at school, helped me move back to the states, and was the best travel companion ever!
3. I cried a lot on the last day of school. The tear ducts are dry now, I think.
4. The 8th grade promotion ceremony was a lot of fun, and you will love the pictures!
5. Kendra and I went to Uganda, visited some friends, rafted the Nile, and DIDN'T DIE!
6. Kendra and I saw giraffe, elephants, lions, and other critters at Meru National Park. Oh, and the baboons took Kendra's shoe!
7. Kendra and I visited my good friend Jessi Gates in England.
8. "The Lion King" was incredible.
9. Brother Dayn picked Kendra and me up at the airport in Seattle. We went to Portland and saw my sister Denee's pregnant belly!!!!
10. I got to hug all my family members.
11. I drank water straight from the tap.
Pictures will come in the next few weeks, I promise.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
We spent a lot of time at Khan el Khalili Market. This is our friend Said and his glass shop. He had the most beautiful glass, and we had to get really creative with packing all our fragile purchases.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
It’s been a long few weeks, but there have been many adventures along the way. Hopefully you saw the pictures I posted of my parents’ visit to
Last weekend (April 12 & 13), my friend Astrid asked if I wanted to go camping in
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Some Masai people with their cows. Normally they get very upset if you take their pictures, so this shot was a rare treat.
Some children we saw along the way.
Some of us rode on top of our friend's Land Cruiser to get to the mountain. It was a bumpy and dusty ride!
Speaking of beautiful, this is my friend Astrid.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Beth, the one on the left =), married Kefa. Beth teaches special ed. at our school.
This is Nancy and me. Nancy is the secretary in the office at school, and without her, West Nairobi School would fall apart. The buildings would literally crumble to the ground. She also makes me laugh really hard, so it's good to keep her around.
Joan (on the right) works hard on our school's accreditation process. Her friend, whose name escapes me, is visiting from Ghana. For those of you who are wondering, yes, Joan's hat is from J.Crew. She's the best dresser at our school.
This is one of the boys who lives in my apartment complex. He came over for a visit and sat down to read this book my sister sent me for my birthday. Thanks Denee!