Thursday, April 30, 2009

Slaughtering and Roasting a Sheep, part II

##The title should provide some guidance, but some pictures may be disturbing for some viewers.##

Yes, I do realize I am starting with part II, and I didn't plan to break things up this much, but the internet is refusing to allow me to load more pictures. So we'll start with the second part of the process.
We ate just about everything, except the lungs and the head. Some people even eat the head, they prepare it in some special way. They said the tongue was good, but we didn’t bother to cook it. I don’t know exactly what I ate, but I’m pretty sure I ate part of the heart, kidneys, intestine, and some of its four stomachs. It was all really good.
That is some of its four stomachs, roasting away.
Philip was a chef extraordinaire. He spent hours over the coals tending the meat! Edwin also made a stew out the intestines, and it was really good, much softer than the rest of it, which can be kind of hard to chew.
The remnants of our dearly departed (and tasty) friend.

Next time: part I... (and theological application)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Buying a Sheep

One afternoon while we were there, Edwin suggested that we climb this small "mountain" to go swimming, so we did.
On the way back, we passed a shepherd herding a little flock along the road. Edwin had already mentioned that you could buy a sheep for 1000 shillings (about $13). That seemed a great deal, so we asked the guy about buying one. He demanded 3000, which did not seem as great of a deal. We actually decided against it, and started walking back, but then changed our minds as Philip saw I was disappointed and said I had to have a story to tell back home. Edwin ran after him and we finally got a sheep for 2000.

I dragged it back to our camp, and it was somewhat stubborn, as I had heard about sheep.

Along the way back to the camp, we came across more animals. Philip was enjoying himself...

When we entered our camp, the paparazzi descended, and we all took our pictures with the sheep. Ok, the library is closing so I must leave. You'll have to check back to see what happens next...

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Camping In Naivasha

Camping in Naivasha was a blast. I was worried about rain, but the weather was beautiful the entire time. I joined a small group retreat from Nairobi Chapel, of while I have never participated in the group before, I did know most of the members. It was a rather diverse group: Philip (The Gambia), Dennis (Uganda), David Fugoyo (Sudan), Edwin (Kenya), and Esayas and his family (Ethiopia). There were some other Kenyan ladies as well who are not NEGST students.

This was the road from our campsite to the lake. It was about a half hour walk, and we could see an outline at the end, which did not move the entire time. We couldn't figure out if it was alive, but it was, and turned out to be some zebras enjoying the shade.

The lake was really dry, as you can see.

We found what we believed to be hippo tracks.

This was our central cooking and fellowship area. We camped in four tents, but I figured you'd probably seen a tent before so I didn't bother to upload a picture. Next post: slaughtering and roasting a sheep...

Friday, April 24, 2009

Hiking in Karen

The week before I headed off on my travels, I went hiking with Njeri at this little-known nature area she knew of that's only a few minutes from campus. It was quite a nice place.

This bridge was a tad rickety but we made it over.

Along the way there was this rather small cave. Reminded me of spring break sophomore year...on a much smaller scale.

There was also a waterfall. Overall, quite a good hike.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Back from Vacation

I've actually been back over a week now, but I'm still getting fully adjusted back to school work and email and all those sorts of non-vacation things. My various journeys were quite awesome and eventful, and thus will take a bit of time to document and upload here. I had hoped to post some pictures of when I had gone hiking actually not for from campus, here in Karen, but the internet is not cooperating and the library is almost closed. I have over 500 pictures, and when I get time to brave the time-consuming process of putting them on here, you all can see a bit of what I was up to. If you haven't heard from me in a while, there's a decent chance I've been meaning to write you, and I hope to get around to that within the next several days. Although my course load is lighter this term, it has been quite a bit of work already. Ah, I see one picture has loaded. That was the entrance to the park, so I'll leave that as a taste of what's to come.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Off on Vacation...

So I hope the rains will hold off for just another few days, but I will be camping at Naivasha for the weekend, so I'm looking forward to that. Naivasha is on the Rift Valley, and I've heard its beautiful. I'm going with an ecclesia group from Nairobi Chapel, and we'll be there until mid Sunday, and then we'll be going to stay at Kinyua's house (another student here, a former leader of the singles group), not far from Nakuru. On Monday night I'll take the overnight bus from Nairobi to Mwanza, which goes through Nakuru. The whole ride is about 11 hours, and I'm cutting off 2 by picking it up in Nakuru, but that's still a bit of time! Then I'll be in Mwanza until Easter, and then we'll come back Monday. There's a professor here who lived there for many years before coming to NEGST, and he's going back with his family for a visit, and I'm staying with them. I imagine I'll have some updates when I return...