What a week…
On wednesday night I went to bed 1-2 hours early (8pm) and woke up at 6:30. I was extremely tired. I have begun to have more regular practice for athletics. It is funny how one day a student will show up, but the next they won’t. We run about 3 miles. Most of the students will run 1-3 laps around the field with me (the lap around the field is not 400m) and then rest for a few laps. I do have a few that will run the whole way with me. I tell them to run comfortably and if they need a rest to do so. Yesterday I went out for the first break and ran 3 miles then ran another 3 during athletics practice. This along with my PE classes was very tiring! We are “slashing” the grass around the field because it was very high and is tiring to run through. We were able to finish about 1/4-1/3 on Wednesday during two of my PE classes. I will be sure to take a picture of the slashers and of the path in the grass to post on here. Today is a national holiday. We are celebrating Kenya’s Independence and therefore have no school. It is 11:45 am here and I have yet to do anything but work on catching up with me PE490 school work and catch up with running news and US news. I feel like I have wasted the day away and it isn’t even afternoon yet! Many of those my age in the US might be waking up right now… shout out to Albaro who probably won’t wake up until 2-3 pm. Either today or tomorrow will be a trip to Nairobi National Park. I am excited to see the animals in the wild. So far I have only seen some birds and such around the city… nothing too exotic yet.
Now on to the title of this post. Last night for dinner the Brothers and I enjoyed some spirits. I had some Tusker, a Kenyan lager. It is good, but after having some German brew it does not hit the top of the charts. It is still good though. Next time I go to the store I told Brother JP I will look for a something like scotch or whiskey. I have yet to spend much money here. Since I am mostly at home or at the school I don’t have many opportunities to spend much money. The Brothers are now finished with their retreat and other events so I will probably start doing a lot of traveling during the weekends. Brother Daniel and I will visit Iten and Brother Colm in the next week or two and Brother Elvis and I have been discussing a visit to Mombassa. There will be other places to visit but I first want to visit these two, then think about other places.
I don’t think I shared my experience from the drive home the other day. We we just exiting Mukuru and we say a motorbike and a body laying in the street. In the ditch along the side of the road was an SUV. It must have just happened before we entered the street and passed by the matatus that blocked that view because no one was around the scene yet. Within a few seconds people had rushed to the man laying in the street. We were “fortunate to be the first vehicle to pass through there because there would be a traffic jam and the second SUV of brothers had to turn around and take another route. As we passed, people in the crowd began to pick the man up. In Kenya the cars are like the British ones. Therefore, I was on the side of the accident. I could see blood coming from the back of the man’s head and blood on the tarmac. All I could assess from the situation was the man was dead. If he was alive, he was in critical condition and the people moving him might make it worse if he had a neck or back injury. In Kenya the people in the street don’t think of something like that. We had to slow down because of the large number of people now in the street. The man form the SUV came up to my window and told us to stop and take him to the hospital. Brother JP basically said “heck no. it is your responsibility.” It was good we did not get involved as we could have gain responsibility in the situation. Sometimes it stinks to not do anything or to help someone, but it could become a nightmare for you if you do.
Well, lunch will be served soon and I don’t want to miss that. Hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of their summers and contact me if you want to chat (we will have to plan for it as I am usually busy during the day).