What Are the Kids Doing?

Not many kids in the United States start school wearing sweaters and jackets. It is one of the weird parts of living in the southern hemisphere at 7000 feet elevation. All of the kids attend Rift Valley Academy, participating in different activities including rugby, band, art, and Model United Nations to name a few. RVA is a boarding school, but our kids live with us and walk up to the school every day. They are glad they get to go home and are not burdened by the “rules” of boarding school life. We are glad they are home, too, but can still enjoy the social life offered at school.

Rain Update

From David’s Conceptual Physics teacher, Jeff Davis.

Closing in on 30 inches for the year (29.88 as I type and it rains)! Avg rainfall for Kijabe in a year is 37 inches.
 
6.7 inches so far for May, with 17 of 20 days having precipitation. The average rainfall for May going back 30 years is 6.3 inches.
 
Sorry, I don’t have temperature data but I do know my house is steadily getting colder and is now down to 62 F (sorry non-Americans out there, just consider us an “unreached” people group). J
 
And we can’t even say, “but it’s a dry heat”. Because it’s a wet cold, which is the worst.
 
I was just thinking this morning that living in Tacoma, WA for two years prepared us for long gray days. The fact that the sun breaks through on occasion makes it bearable. The sun never broke through in Tacoma. It sure is soggy!
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Baboon Battle

This happened near our neighbors house. Baboon turf wars! Awesome! In more lighthearted moments, our girls will sometimes be amused while they are in school by watching out their classroom windows at the baboons going down the playground slide.

Dubai is Dallas on Steroids

Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is a Muslim country with strict religious rules. Many women are covered in burkas. You hear the call to prayer throughout the day. Yet I think it felt like the most American place I have ever visited outside of the United States. I have been wondering about why (because it is actually very different – I am referring to only how I felt being there), and I think it dawned on me today. It was the consumerism, the “bigness”, and the ambition. I have never felt more at home in another cultural context, and it was because of all the shopping and dining options, the open freeways, the grandiosity, the comfortable and spacious accommodations, and the wealth. We ate at Five Guys Burgers, Krispy Kreme, Shake Shack, and Chili’s (although the best food we ate was Lebanese). We went to the world’s biggest mall to look for clothes at The Gap and to visit to the tallest building (Burj Khalifa) in the world. I come from a state which claims that everything is bigger, and surprisingly in Dubai I found myself myself in a city where everything was the biggest. It felt like Dallas on steroids.

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The Burj Khalifa fountain. Gotta get it on video.

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On the beach walk.

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Sports cars were everywhere.

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Burj Khalifa – I couldn’t fit it in my phone’s camera

Allison Off-Road

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Allison is always the center of attention.

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Rainy Season