In Ghana they had a term for “returning to one’s roots,” and this was Sankofa. I can’t help but think with my upcoming trip to Kenya that I am in fact returning to my roots.
While I grow more nervous by the day, I can’t help but become overwhelmed with excitement at all the experiences I will have. This time, my experience will be a rural one. Based at Kimuka in the Ngong Hills, I’ll be about an hour and thirty minutes south of Nairobi. From the Ngong Hills, or “knuckles,” in Swahili, I will be able to see Nairobi on one side and the Nairobi Game Reserve on the other. I’ll be in the heart of Maasailand. Some of Africa’s greatest warriors will be my neighbors and my caretakers. The Maasai are known for the bright fabrics, beaded adornments, and prowess of the Great Rift Valley. I can only hope that I master the art of milking a cow or spearing a lion during my months stay.
While my time will be plagued with no electricity or running water, I am eager for the opportunity to realize just how blessed I am. With little electricity it goes without saying that there will be no internet. However, I plan to keep you up to date somehow, even if I have to visit an internet cafe every once in a while, which I’ll have to do to charge my phone. I guess what I’m saying is, I would love for you to take this journey with me, from the comfort of your computer screen of course… To the right there’s an opportunity for you to enter your email address and subscribe. Being a subscriber will get you an email every time I post a new post. This is probably your best bet for staying informed because my posts will be haphazard.
Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I prayer. Take the coming week or so to look back at my posts from my time in Ghana. Come up with questions to which you want answers and I can do my best to seek answers while I am there, that will make it really interesting.
Up next: How I’m Going. What I’m Doing.