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God is moving, can you see it?
August 3, 2012 7:37 am
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(n.) The interior of the country

Mo with the giant rosemary bush

Mo (my best and oldest friend from Montana) and I got to go “up-country” a few weeks ago.  Kenyans that live in the city generally claim a different area of origin besides Nairobi.  It might be where their family originally comes from or where they were born.  During holidays the city practically clears out as urban Kenyans return to their “up-country” homes and relatives.  The setting is typically more rural, more basic, and often times more beautiful.  We had the privilege to escape the pollution and noise for 3 days, and get back to basics.

The place: the outskirts of Rurii (central Kenya)

The people: Samuel and Esther Ngarachu, Mo’s Kenyan host parents in 2008

The Ngarachus

Let me tell you, it is sure different from the city!  Better yet, let me show you…

My car after a two mile stretch of very muddy road

The rooster's final moments of life 🙁

The bloody aftermath... dinner.

Plucking the feathers off of our dinner

plucked, washed, and ready to chop up and cook

up-country stove

good morning nature

The garden in the morning

sweet pea flowers

Mo in the maize

dew on a spider trail

The Ngarachu's front yard and gate at sunrise

Bucket baths and squatty-potties, at least there was toilet paper!

All brothers!

A friend showing us his tree tomatoes, yum!

Ninja training with Mo

Esther washing fresh spinach from her garden

A curious neighbor girl coming to check out the two white ladies

Hard-working hands

Peaceful sunlit morning in the country

Brilliant starry skies at night, golden misty bird-song filled mornings.  Fresh produce, curious children, warm and welcoming neighbors, water from a hand-crank well, hospitality and endless cups of chai tea, miles of rolling farm land as far as the eye can see.  Yep, up-country was refreshing.  But more than that it was a re-centering, back to basics, re-prioritizing time.  Once in a while, you just have to escape to the country… or to the up-country.

 

 “Nor rural sights alone, but rural sounds,
Exhilarate the spirit, and restore
The tone of languid nature.”
-William Cowper