So I have been living here for almost 8 months now and there some things that still surprise me;
Firstly no matter how cold or wet it is you will always find kids walking to school minus their sweaters, I mean even when when it’s chilly to the bone there is still some child wearing only light school shirt and those shorts going on their way. In contrast in Kenya most parents are so concerned about colds and pneumonia that when the cold sets in, in the event the parent cannot afford an official school sweater the child will be forced to wear some layers of garments underneath to shield from cold. I am not sure what this says about parents here, is it that children here are more resistant to cold and resilient compared to kids in at home or is it that parents here have decided that their children’s bodies must simply adapt to the weather or is it that parents simply do not care? I really cant tell.
Secondly no matter how much I look around there seems to be a lack of vegetables even in the most fertile and plush looking gardens. Don’t take me wrong I do not expect everyone to adopt the Kenyan way but here I am surprised that people who have portions of land do not opt to grow crops like Sukuma/Kale or those traditional indigenous vegetables that can be consumed everyday instead they grow bananas, maize, cassava and crops that take at least 2 months to “bear fruit” which means that they have to buy what they consume on a daily basis. In contrast back at home people go to the extent of planting vegetables in sacks and old cut up containers in order to ensure they do not have to spend money every day and they have healthy options available.
Thirdly, shocked at how expensive and rare coriander is in the market it is almost as though no locals eat it, when I find it in the market it is quite dear and sometimes it is not fresh,like no one has really been interested in it. In contrast at home it is sold by the sackful by everyone and you can find it for as low as 5 Kenya shillings per bunch and it so fresh you could put it back in some soil and voila it continues to thrive. What shocks me here is that coriander is so easy to grow and requires minimal attention only watering, so why so costly and rare?
Lastly, the fruits here are cheap, fresh and so very delicious that it takes all my control not to be a fruit junkee.