Since we have been waiting for the KEMRI ethical application results, activity has been fairly low. We have now moved to Brookview Apartments, which is just up the street from 3 Dee Apartments but costs less and has a better internet connection. This means we have been able to have decent Skype ™ conversations with friends and family, which is nice.
Yesterday was Sunday, which for many Kenyans means some sort of church. Once every month the church has a birthday celebration for everyone who has had a birthday the past month. Yesterday was the designated day for everyone who had theirs in August and, as luck would have it, one of our neighbours had his birthday in August so we were invited along. We expected about half an hour or so of sermon and some cake but in classical Kenyan fashion it all started about an hour late and kept going for another four hours. Almost constant dancing and the declaration that it was the first time they had 3 mzungus (white people) come celebrate birthdays with them. This prompted a compulsory show on center stage where the three mzungus (Guy who invited us + us) got on stage and were shown how to do the traditional Kikoyo dance in front of the 300 or so strong congregation. The whole event was a lot of fun and was essentially a bunch of stand up comedy and dancing with a dash of christianity, also they provided dinner (#winning)!
We’ve uploaded some pictures to the pictures section from both Brookview and our Sunday church experience. Unfortunately, since didn’t really plan to go to the church when we left home, we didn’t bring a decent camera so the pictures are so so.
We will end this blog post in the same way that the birthday host (pastor?) ended the event on Sunday (we’re serious these are the exact words he said).
God Bless the DJ.