So...it is Saturday evening before our flight home and we have just returned from a very busy day. In the morning Mary and Earla walked to the school to meet with the "hostel kids". There are 34 students who live in hostels near the school who have no money for food. All students get a nutritious lunch but these kids had no food on the weekend or evening until Safi created a fund to provide a voucher system at a local market where they can get food supplies to cook themselves. If you wish to contribute to this fund you can send you contribution marked 'hostel kids'.
Kristina and Kate filmed a video with two former Ngateu students who are now studying at university. Haldor and our driver Agnal went into town to buy trees as a housewarming gift for a teacher.
At noon we visited this teacher at his home and met his wife. He recently completed the construction which took a few years. We were served a delicious lunch of meat and banana stew and avocados. We gave our gift of the trees acquired by Haldor.
We then met David Mtui who took us to see his experimental zero grazing farm of two acres. He has planted various grasses and plants that provide fodder for cows and goats. It was beautiful and his explanations informative. It was very dusty and we were quite a sight leaving the farm!
However, we proceeded to Kahn's barbeque for dinner in our dirty, dusty condition. Kahn's is an experience not to be missed. By day it is an auto parts store. By night it is a take-out barbeque. Tables and benches are set up on the sidewalk. They serve delicious chicken tikka and a variety of salads that range from plain to very spicy. It is very popular.
Now, to return to the pajama story. Upon returning to the lodge Earla goes to her room and takes a shower after waiting ten minutes for the water to heat after turning the switch. She emerges from the shower dressed in her pajamas and Mary knocks on the door. Earla, you must come down to the common area. The batik artist has arrived with the batiks for Mary's brother Wayne. I must come see them. So I drape a shawl elegantly across my shoulders and proceed down in my pajamas. The batiks are beautiful and he has others available for purchase. Earla selects two large and one small and pays him based on a price he gave her. Kristina and Mary then purchase but are charged a price 5,000 shillings more for the same item I had purchased. Once again the pajamas proved to have a magic property reserved only for Earla! I have packed them in my carry-on and time will tell if they are needed on the trip home. Earla