In connection with work for the Ethiopian Education Foundation, I’ve just spent a weekend on the Abu Dhabi campus of New York University. NYUAD have, in recent years, offered comprehensive scholarships to students from EEF and this year generously invited us (along with a group of US-based school careers counsellors) to observe the candidate selection… Continue reading NYU Abu Dhabi
Firstly, just to be clear, this isn’t a plea for money. I’m not asking for donations. It’s targeted, instead, at those of you who already intend making a contribution in the run-up to the holidays, but might still be thinking about who you want to support. Maybe you’re on the look-out for new ideas where… Continue reading Thinking of a donation? Some personal recommendations.
Fever pitch media reports, government travel advisories, insurance company warnings: it’s hardly surprising so many have taken Kenya’s northern coast off the holiday long list in recent years. Well, based on my experience, I can tell you that yes, it’s a very dangerous place to visit. Dangerous, that is, in that you just might find… Continue reading Lamu, dangerous? Too right…
One day last week, as I made my usual bleary-eyed early morning journey into town (I’ve started daily 7am classes at the Alliance Francaise and the mornings are a struggle), the cab driver was being philosophical. Out of the blue, he started talking about how lucky we were to enjoy another day: ‘how many would… Continue reading Remembering my ‘attitude of gratitude’
On my trip to the Mara recently, i got to see around one of the surrounding Masai villages. A brief glimpse one morning isn’t going to give me any real insight into a culture that’s such a world away from my own experience. But here are a few things I learned from the visit, that you might find interesting:
Midway through my fellowship here in Nairobi, here are a few things I’m missing: plus some I’ll be sorry to leave behind. I’m skipping over the family and friends bit – of course, by far the biggest thing I’m missing (and Ryan Hanna, if you’re reading, I hope you note the order there!). But these… Continue reading 3 things I miss from home; and 3 I’ll miss when I leave…
There’s apparently a proverb that says you can’t wash the dust of Africa off your feet. Looking at my laptop, I realise just how dusty a place Kenya is in October. My camera, my phone, my clothes, my shoes – everything seems to have developed a layer of grime that’s gradually getting permanently worn in.… Continue reading The Dust of Africa