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Remembering the turtles

Yesterday, we sat in a majestic garden as everyone presented on what they did for the independent study. The garden is in the backyard of our neighbor who is an architect. You could tell it was the home of an … Continue reading

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missing Lamu

Much to my dismay, I am back in Nairobi. I didn’t miss the smog, the traffic, the sour faces, the overwhleming Maasai market (that I went to today to get a few final presents for people at home), or this … Continue reading

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Iddi.

Khadija is dressed differently today, too. She wears a black and white bui bui, beachy looking, not the same tidy black bui bui that she wears to the Fort each day. I sat on a green couch on the second … Continue reading

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A Lamu night.

“Why not coconut?” has been the theme of the past few days. Why this random saying? Because we have been hanging out with the locals here and Coconut, one of the dhow captains here in Lamu, always says this. He … Continue reading

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For some reason, I didn’t expect to see the Muslim women on the beaches. But they are there. Just like anyone else they enjoy the thick sand, the ocean wind, bumpy rides on boats mounted with small motors and documenting … Continue reading

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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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