letters from nairobi


Luxury Items
January 24, 2012, 16:37
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Politically speaking, all is eerily quiet on the East African front. There had been widespread fears that yesterday’s ICC ruling would ignite violence throughout the country, but, so far, the response seems muted. It may be too early to discern the implications of the ruling – it’s not yet known whether Kenyatta and Ruto will be barred from running for office or how many of the suspects will appeal the ICC’s decision – but, for now, things appear to be calm.

In other news, N. recently traveled back to the States for a few days for business, while I stayed in Kileleshwa with the pup. The time alone was uneventful – I was still feeling under the weather for most of the week – but productive. My earrings are now satisfactorily arranged and I can say I witnessed the entire zillion-part Kardashian wedding special on E! without interruption.

Don’t judge.

N. got in late last night and brought back a bunch of items I had had shipped to his house. When I saw everything I bought strewn about the dining room table, I realized that it’s impossible to anticipate what you will miss from home when living abroad.

In addition to a bunch of pet-related things that we had been unable to find in Nairobi (long-lasting bones, flea and tick medicine, anti-shedding shampoo, etc.), I was overjoyed to have in hand the following items:

  • Bare Escentuals BareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation Medium Beige 8 g (makeup)
  • Scunci Jaw Clips 3 count (hair clips)
  • Goody Ouchless No Metal Elastics 64 Count (hair elastics)
  • Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter from Apple
  • Books (The Marriage Plot: A Novel, by Jeffrey Eugenides; Foundation, by Isaac Asimov; Wizard of the Crow, by Ngugi wa Thiong’o; and One Day I Will Write About This Place: A Memoir, by Binyavanga Wainaina)
  • A hard drive compatible with both MACs and PCs
  • Four pounds of black beans

I am unreasonably excited about putting my hair up with Ouchless elastic hair bands, soaking a pound of black beans in water, and curling up with a new book (which one to read first?!). Luxury!

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