Monthly Archives: November 2010

hijabs and the Red Sox B

Looking through the hijab is like watching TV on a fuzzy static-filled screen. I know this because I spent this whole week in my buibui (long black dress) and hijab (headscarf) and some days in the ninja (covering my whole … Continue reading

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Madafu chat

The Lamu Cultural Festival flooded this island with energy, color, music and thick crowds of visitors.  On Friday I was able to talk to Muhammad for a long time when I worked with Kikozi at their small table in town … Continue reading

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Hi in the streets.

I hear Kylie Kylie echoing in the roads. The kids in my class recognize me! Probably because I told lots of stories in class this morning. All eyes 18 pairs of eyes rested on me as I stood in front … Continue reading

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Turtles: no one will ever know.

It helps to be in the right place at the right time. That happened yesterday and what did I get out of it? I saw turtles hatch. I saw them beak out of their slimey hard-boiled-egg like shells, wake to … Continue reading

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pray?

My toes fall deep into the sand; they sink in just as I have sunken into Lamu’s Muslim, enchanting, labyrinth. I’m deep in the sand, I’m deep in this island. It’s my first long walk on the beach of Shela. … Continue reading

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sit.

Today, I sat. I sat on a cement bench by the waterfront and took videos of the women on the streets and make observations. This was one of the best things that I have done thus far as I learned … Continue reading

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research in paradise

The Lamu Fort Museum, the place where I am lucky enough to spend a good chunk of my time in Lamu, is not only a source for history it is truly an economic and social hub of Lamu. It was … Continue reading

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