home sweet home (in Embu)

1 EUR ==> ~ 90 Kshs.


1 new bed (made from cheaper materials, Embu price): 1650 /= Kshs.
1 new high density mattress 6,7 x 4 ft.: 3550 /= Kshs.
1 high density foam 20″ x 22″ (to fit in the remaining frame the mattress doesn’t cover – hey, I am tall!): 230 /= Kshs.
1 really huge (72 x 90″) blanket: 675 /= Kshs.
2 pillows (27 x 18″): 398 /= Kshs.
4 pc bed & pillow sheets: 799 /= Kshs.
1 Kikoi to cover the window: 300 /= Kshs.
1 “PermaNet” pre-treated mosquito net: 800 /= Kshs.

A wonderful colleague by the name of Zakayo who organised the bed at this price, had it delivered to the room, kicked the landlord to have the room repainted in time and just stood in front of the building when I arrived: priceless .

Zakayo – thengiu muno!

We rushed to Maguna Andu (“helping people”) supermarket here in Embu to buy the mattress etc before the shops closed and rewarded us with the obligatory Tusker and some mbuzi choma.



2 kgs of Mbuzi for 4 people


preparing the meat for the grill…


(pole for the weak picture quality)

Mbuzi (goat), Kachumbari (tomatoes, onions), Ugali (maize), Salt, Tusker (beer) and coke. YEAH!

When I woke up next day, I still smelled like a goat. Thx god it’s a holiday.

My room is approx. 20m away from a bar/restaurant…meaning: I smell fried chips and the meat grill while writing these lines, am killing cockroaches who want to make their way from the bathroom to my bed, there is no water in the “kitchen” and I have meanwhile gotten used to the noises coming from the bar (which opens @ 7 a.m. and closes long after I’ve gone to bed)…but it’s a safe (?) place somewhere downtown in Embu, relatively cheap, on a tarmacked (sp?) road (less mud during rainy season) and right now they are playing Daudi Kabaka’s “Safari Tanganyika”. Could I ask for more?

YES! An internet café would be nice… *gg*

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10 thoughts on “home sweet home (in Embu)”

  1. Don’t apologise for the weak picture quality! That made my salivating less of an issue, seeing as my body had started reacting negatively to the thought of such superb avrikan derekacays being so near yet so far!

    Looks like you are settling in good. Makes me wish December got here quicker so I can come and enjoy the benefits of that place.

  2. Where is the plasma TV?

    Let me know when you are taking a trip up the road to Chuka next, I have some places I want photos of.

    You meet even get to meet my grandfolks if you go up there.


  3. mmmh by now am thinking u shud have heard of kenol where people used(don know if it is still the in place)to hang out.enjoy being there.kethania mu’no.

  4. Is that a Raymonds blanket, dare I ask?

    And don’t they still sell Doom? That’s some crazy smelling stuff that’s supposed to kill roaches. Or mosquitoes. Or both. Some research here will lead you down the right path…

    It’s been so long since I saw a maroon painted smoothed cement floor. Nice.

    And don’t think I didn’t notice the Kikoi being used as a window treatment.

  5. Mama mia! the sight of that Nyama hanging on that wire makes me salivate, a kodak moment I have not seen in a while plus that Kilo thingy LOL I even forgot those weighing machines exist ( I need to come back home soon). I see you got yourself Raymond Blanket na mosquito net too :-) and of course the multi purpose Kikoy. Now it is you and Embu Dude!!!

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