Monday, October 11, 2010

10 Things I've learned in the last 48-72 hours

1) Charge the laptop BEFORE you get to Kenya.
2) There is a right way to do things and there is a wrong way to do things. Then there is the Kenyan way of doing things. This can be said about every country but it was especially true on 10/10/10 at Nairobi Airport. I'm sure I will adjust.
3) Miracles DO happen: After waiting two hours in the customs line at the airport, my luggage was still around (miracle #1) and the driver who was picking me up was still waiting (massive miracle #2.) I have a lot to be thankful for around here and most of it revolves around getting here in one piece with all my stuff still in my possession.
4) My ___ was my travel face wash and my eyedrops. If that's it, I'm gonna venture to say I did a pretty damn good job packing. Go me.
5) Bags need wheels. Period.
6) Don't be Pakistani when trying to get into an African country. Even if you have a letter from both the Kenyan Red Cross and the Canadian Red Cross, it doesn't help. Did I mention yet that I am thankful?
7) iPhones do work in Kenya. I think I may have made a $40 2 minute phone call. But, at least my loved ones knew I was safe (refer to lesson #1 for how to avoid this situation in the first place.)
8) It's not necessarily the driving here that's scary, it's the random people and donkey-carts running across the concrete divided highway right in front of the car. Yikes.
9) Don't throw away that smashed rogue Reese's Peanut Butter Cup that accidently made it through customs. Chances are, that's dinner. And it was quite yummy.
10) They have Jiffy peanut butter and Welch's Grape Jelly at the grocery store?! I thought I was in Africa...


  1. Rule #11 - Don't drink the water. Wait, wrong country. Sorry. My bad...

  2. Turns out it wasn't the wrong country . . . you good, Dan.