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The only negative thing about having a wonderfully close and loving family is the saying goodbye part :). But memories of warm family togetherness fill my heart.
Originally posted on Soli Deo Gloria :
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This post does not represent my typical weekend, but surely it has to be one of the most diverse I’ve had in a long time. It started with… a 4th of July pig roast party!!! Full of patriotism and disturbing images of a large animal on a stick (sorry, vegetarian friends). And a Canadian must […]
I read this last night (from Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts). It’s an interesting idea, and maybe it will encourage you like it did me. Exodus 33:22-23: “When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then […]
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A common conversation on meeting a new acquaintance in Nairobi: New person: So, what are you doing in Nairobi? Me: I’m doing a master’s program at the University of Nairobi. New person: Oh, that’s nice. What other university are you affiliated with? Me: None. I’m enrolled directly in the University of Nairobi. New person: [Quizzical […]
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People tend to believe one of two things about my life in Africa: (1) that is one big, exciting adventure or (2) that is a huge, life-giving sacrifice. The reality is that it’s somewhere in between the two. I find that life abroad includes both gains and losses. Really, life in Nairobi, Kenya is good, […]
I have hopes that one day a trip to “town” (i.e. downtown Nairobi) will one day be quick and simple. So far, that’s never happened. Today is a classic example of the opposite. Well, to be fair, today’s tasks included a visit to the Kenyan Office of Immigration, so that should have been my first clue that it would be a long day. Here’s a rundown of a classic trip to town and the immigration office:
- Walk 10 minutes to the main road.
- Carefully make my way across a highway that would be terribly illegal to cross on foot in the US.
- Board a bus.
- Bus pulls into a gas station 3 minutes later (normal occurrence for re-fueling), but makes all the passengers get off to find another bus.
- Walk a few more minutes.
- Board another bus to town.
- A short ride of 20 minutes to town (this often takes an hour, even though it’s only 5 miles away)
- Walk 10 minutes and find the immigration office.
- Find a hall full of people waiting in various lines.
- Stand in line 15 minutes, make it to the front, only to be told to go up stairs to another office (I needed to see if my student visa was ready, or how to extend my current one).
- Stand around upstairs waiting while staff look for files or assist others.
- 30 minutes later I’m still waiting, but lunchtime comes.
- I leave because I’m told that they won’t return for 1.5 hours, and no work really happens after lunch.
- I manage to discover that the student visa won’t be ready.
- Return to the previous hall full of lines.
- Find the requirements for extending my visa.
- Leave immigration office to get passport photos taken and make copies of documents, etc.
- Turn in my documents at window 6.
- Told to take another form and the appropriate fee to window 4.
- Wait at window 4 for 10 minutes.
- Turn in forms, and told to take receipt to window 2.
- At window 2 the gentleman looks at my receipt, motions to some chairs and says, “Sit.”
- I sit. and sit. And sit. Maybe 20-30 minutes.
- I’m called to a room for fingerprinting.
- Actually, first I stand outside the room waiting for 5 minutes.
- Given a receipt to take to window 6.
- Turn in my receipt, retrieve my passport with a visa extension, and I’m free!!!!
All in all, 3.5 hours at the immigration office was not so bad. Right?
Of course, I still had a couple other errands in town, a ten minute walk to the bus, a 15 minute wait for it to fill, a 45 minute ride out of the city, and a 10 minute walk home. And that’s my day!
Never underestimate the ability of Nairobi traffic to make your life miserable.
Very typical “jam”. The reason it takes an hour to get to town.
(Photo from http://sairobi.blogspot.com/2012/06/nairobi-traffic.html.)
I’ve typically posted about the work I’m doing and the ministry I’m involved in. However, during this next phase of life, I will be a full-time student, so the subjects of my blog posts may differ. However, I will continue to share tidbits of life here, what I’m learning and anything else you may find interesting or helpful. Looking forward to staying in touch!
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I’m going to date myself by saying this, but… who remembers Atari? (For those younger than 30, Atari was the distant predecessor of today’s gaming systems.) And how about the Atari game, Frogger? You know, the video game in which you had to navigate a poor little frog across a busy, multi-lane highway without getting […]
On the trail of life I typically want to see at least 50 miles ahead. Much to my consternation, God often shows me only the next three feet. Many of you have asked what my plans are for the future, and if I could see 50 miles ahead, I would tell you. For now, all […]
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Last night a friend returning home from a far-off land asked me, “So what do you do when you come home from another country and you don’t know what’s next?” Hmmm… that is a very good question, one that I have lived through – multiple times. Even though I arrived “home” to the beautiful, humid […]