The city where we live, Nanyuki, is close to Mount Kenya. This is the second tallest mountain of Africa. We can even see it from our house. That is to say, we can see the clouds that are always blocking the view. During our first few days here, it would be the first thing in the morning: see if we can see the mountain. But I have to admit that my faith in the mountain is slowly fading. It is easy to imagine people thinking this was where God lived; if you never see something, it becomes a myth.
On the other hand, patience can get you somewhere. The past weeks I was looking for a song of which I only remembered the melody. I could only wait for it to play on the radio (small chance as it was a relatively new and western song) and finally yesterday it came: Payphone from Maroon 5. It turns out that those few bars of music that haunted me for weeks say nothing else but “I’m at a payphone”.
Something more easy was our trip to the equator. It is a 10 minute walk from our house. We always cross it when we travel between Nairobi and Nanyuki. At the sign you see cups of water; those are used to ‘demonstrate’ that water at 2 sides of the equator rotates to different directions. We skipped that one.
Wednesday there was a huge fire at the airport of Nairobi, you will have heard about this. I plan to fly to the Netherlands for the wedding of Geert, so I hope everything will work by then. There have been some international flights now.
Well, that is it for the small news from the shadow of the mountain. The Kikuyu (people from this region) used to build their houses with the entrance directed towards the mountain. Even though we have to go to the balcony, our bond with the mountain is also strong. We keep an eye on him!