Saturday, July 21, 2012

A taste of Nairobi

Nairobi is the capital of Kenya.  It’s a big city.  Our time there was designed to get some rest so much of it was free.  Although it was brief, we were able to get a little taste of the area before the next stage of our journey.  One of the first days there, we were highly recommended to purchase a cell phone, which we got at a local mall called Ya-Ya (very similar to a nice mall in the U.S.) Our new cell phone does work to call the U.S. (we’ve already spoken with family a few times) and its on a pay as you go basis.  The currency is in Kenya Shillings so we also had some cash exchanged.  About 82 shillings per dollar, in case you were wondering.  We also stopped at a different mall called the Galleria on the day before we left which even had an Apple store and a KFC!


The local Nakumatt, can easily be compared to a Walmart in the U.S., has almost anything you could want.  Getting some more malaria preventative meds for the kids was easy at the adjoining “chemist”, which is just a really easy-to-get-any-drug-you-ask-for-without-a-prescription pharmacy.  We walked most places along some very busy streets – lots of traffic going quite fast in the opposite direction from what we’re used to and seemingly unconcerned by us or any of the other pedestrians!  The kids stayed back at the Guest House for most of these adventures.

Monday morning was our last day at Mayfield Guest House and we decided to take advantage of at least one “touristy” attraction nearby.  About a half hour drive away was the Giraffe Center; essentially a refuge for orphaned giraffes and a good chance to see some of the wildlife our boys had been looking forward to.

Lots of fun – lots of pictures – lots of giraffe tongues!  Enjoy :)


A good shot of the open farm where the giraffes lived – I think there were 6 or 7 of them.



Not the best lighting for a family shot, but the giraffe in the background looks curious :)



Evie LOVED it – all she wanted to do was feed the giraffes!



Never one to be shy, Nate took full advantage of petting them too.



This was a baby one – barely reached up to the platform.



Ethan wasn’t a fan of the black sticky tongues, but enjoyed feeding them branches of acacia trees!  :)

That was Monday, today is Friday.  Wow, time flies!  We have moved onto ABO (Africa Based Orientation) where we’ll be for a few more weeks learning all sorts of things that will be important to know while living and ministering in Africa.  There are close to 50 adults as well as over 30 kids here with us – a big group!  But also a HUGE encouragement to be living and learning with others who are going through much of the same transition and life changes that we are.  The internet connection here is hard to access but we’ll try to update as we learn and experience new things.

Thanks so much for the prayers and emails and messages – keep them coming!

God bless you and yours,


  1. So happy that you're doing well! Miss and love you!

  2. Hey Uncle Dan, Aunt Courtney, and kids!
    Glad to see that you guys are having a good time over there! We miss you :). I just wanted to let you know.....the camera that you gave me on vacation works! I dried it out in rice for a few weeks....and now it's working fine! So, thanks for the camera :).
    Love you guys,

  3. NATE got to kiss a giraffe !! seeing the kids with the giraffes has made my heart happy today <3 thanks for sharing. love you guys<3



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