Don’t worry, it’s not a giant man eating bug that is only found in Kenya….
The Kenya bug was first mentioned to me by one of my colleagues when he first caught me eating some nyama choma, ordered not because it’s a touristy thing to do but because I love it. Nyama choma is roasted goat meat and it is available everywhere in Nairobi and its awesome. I dip it in salt because salt makes awesome things even awesomer (yes that is a word, google it). It’s a traditionally Kenyan staple dish and it helps me explain the Kenyan bug a little better.
When I arrived in April, I thought, WTF, what have I done, why would I give up all the luxuries in SA to come to a country like this (bare with me). I had all these preconceived notions about Kenya which I’m glad to say one by one have been demolished through my experiences here.
Kenya is a fantastic country, the people are friendly and helpful, the city is vibrant and energetic, the roads are fun (in a “hmmmm, lets see if my car can make it over that giant rock in the road” kinda way). I am not naive and ignorant, I have had my bad days and dealings with some shaky characters but in general and stereotypical way I can finally say, Kenya and its people are superb. The Kenya bug starts like symptoms of a flu, you start eating nyama choma, you start enjoying the hectic driving, you stop laughing at the way some Kenyans pronounce the letter “R” (no offence) and start to do it yourself, you stop worrying about the mad queues everywhere you go and learn its just a good excuse to chat to the person next to you. I think its a good thing, I’m adapting to my new environment and can finally say things like that “stupid muzungu” when an unenlightened whitey lets a few cars go in front of him out of courtesy, haha.
So I’ll keep this one short cause I don’t feel like writing anymore.
I have the bug, I admit it, this country has grown on on me. My experience thus far have changed my life for the better.
Wiki woooooo!!! (only little britain lovers will understand that one). Also I get to travel to Jozi soon and then China which is gonna be more awesome than awsomerer