Happy New Year!
Yesterday, I got some amazing noodles at Canton Snacks. (They open as early as 8am in the morning so you can eat noodles all day!)
Today I hit up Two Rivers Mall for their Lunar New Year event. It was delightfully cheesy and reminded me a lot of the cultural festivals in the Midwestern United States! They had stations for learning calligraphy, learning chopsticks, trying on historical costumes, etc. Everyone looked like they had a great time.
At the Chinese knot station, I had trouble assembling the knots and a friendly Kenyan helped me out. I was really impressed ’cause he spoke amazing Chinese!
I didn’t expect Nairobi to host any kind of Lunar New Year events so this was a charming surprise my first weekend back in Kenya.
Harry and I got married at the courthouse last week! Self solemnization ftw!
This was his great grandmother’s ring. We got it resized by Gene Bauer who did a super impressive job.
Great way to start 2020!
I went on a discovery flight. It was neat sitting in the pilot seat.
Way less tense than flight simulation.
Michael Kremer, friend and ex-manager of our CEO, won the Nobel in Economics last week.
He was a big early supporter of our org and helped start a number of different non-profits in Kenya.
Check him out on NPR:
Harry, Brian, and I just finished our trip to the Great Barrier Reef. We went on a fantastic liveaboard with Mike Ball Expeditions.
While Harry wrote a wonderful post (with amazing underwater photography by Laurence), I captured the moments through doodles.
For the dives, the entry to the ocean was jumping from a rather high deck. It was quite alarming at first.
I also had trouble with buoyancy control and nearly fell on a potato cod.
Over time, my dives went a lot smoother. I saw lots of marine life and even caught a glimpse of the last of the minke whale migration!
Towards the end of the liveaboard I did my first ever night dive. It was very surreal using a flashlight to uncover animals in the dark.
I’d highly recommend Mike Ball Expeditions if you’re considering diving in the GBR. Since I was newer to diving than Harry or Brian, a dive instructor generously accompanied me on almost every dive. Everyone was super friendly and helpful and I definitely improved my diving skills.
Brian recorded a lot of underwater videos. I’ll link to them when he uploads them.
We saw an ibis in the yard recently (sans beret).
We go to Clarice for dinner pretty often.
There are always a ton of lizards on the ceiling.
They’re totally gossiping about us.
Kike (“KEE-kay”, Swahili) likes to lounge in the sunny spots of our yard.
Recently I learned she can hop the fence.
Now I imagine her off to all sorts of adventures in the neighborhood.
A couple of months ago, I visited Karura Forest.
The air was refreshingly eucalyptic.
All cities should have urban forests!
Vinay, Eric, and I went to the Mara last weekend. We got up close to lots of animals. No epic Mara River crossing though, ’cause we’re a little early in the season.
I’m channeling Sir Rice in these doodles.