After 10 months in Kenya we finally have a car! Now we can get to know this beautiful country a little bit better. And the freedom to leave Kijabe without finding a driver . . . it is liberating! It is a 2006 Toyota Landcruiser. So Africa! The outside has some evidence of some hardships, but the engine purrs. We will add a roof rack, touch up the paint, get some new tires, and off we will go! We are coming for you Mt. Kenya!
I happen to be looking at a friend’s Instagram feed. He works with a ministry to medical students at Southwestern Medical School. I saw myself on the brochure cover for a conference some of his students are attending. That is me in the white coat working in the ER at Diospi Suyana Hospital in Peru. (It is not that surprising as the conference is hosted by the Christian Health Service Corps, our mission agency.)
While walking out of the hospital around midnight on Wednesday night, I heard Tejano music coming from the television. Tex-Mex music in the middle of Kenya! It reminded me of another very early morning walking out of the hospital to see a Telenovela being dubbed into Kenyan English on the same waiting area television. It seems that Mexican culture dominates the nighttime airwaves in Kenya.
El guapo y su novia hablan con pasión de su amor
. . . what you may find on a walk. Below is an African Spurred Tortoise. It is not native to our area of Kenya, but is found in a sub-Saharan region of Africa. It arrived here as a pet and escaped into our local jungle. What I think is so cool about these tortoises is that they burrow extensively to escape the desert heat. I read that they can have burrows as deep as 20 feet that can extend horizontally up to 30 feet. It is hard for me to imagine this turtle, which can reach up to 200 pounds in weight and 36 inches in diameter, is able to dig like that. Pretty cool! We kept him for a few days in our yard, but he escaped from us too. Todd the Turtle has moved on.
There are some people who are very interested in Chardonnay our dog. Here she is. Also I am trying to learn how to do videos on my phone, so there is that reason for this silly video too.