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November 09, 2007

Day 2 in Kisumu

Day 2 here in Kisumu, and my eyes still bulge with all that I see. It is incredible.

By the way, the food is very good here for the most part. I know I have to be careful and avoid potentially dangerous foods, but so far I have found things to be tasty. The other day, I enjoyed for dinner fried tilapia in a spicy butter sauce. Delicious. And some friends had the chicken masala, which was equally good.

The Kenyans on the mission are very friendly and outgoing. There is Lois, the head surgeon, who has done Operation Smile for the past 20 years! And Stanley, the post-op nurse who is always asking me people’s names. I’ve told him five times that I am just as bad and can’t remember people’s names, either. We have a lot of blonde women in our crew, and I think he has a lot of trouble telling them apart!

Here are some pictures, for as you know, pictures speak a thousand words!
Below is the airplane we took from Nairobi to Kisumu. It was a short, 45 minute flight. But it sure beats driving…they say the roads are so bad, that it would have taken about 8.5 hours to go the 300 mile distance!


We arrived at Kisumu Airport. It’s pretty small.


But as you can see, even at Kisumu Airport you can find people text-messaging while they wait for their luggage!


Some schoolchildren watching planes take off…


I must admit, that the ride from the airport was an amazing culture shock for me. The streets are filled with people, and everywhere you look there is a makeshift stall where somebody is selling “whatever”. These stalls may be made from tree branches, from metal scraps pieced together, cinderblocks, etc. Or sometimes no stall is even needed…just sell! One woman is selling tomatos and plantain, while next to her a gentleman has shoes…and next to them is a “hotel” where you can stop and get a snack. Here are a few pictures…




Need your bike repaired??? There’s a place to stop for that, too!


Tomorrow I hope to share pictures from our first day of screening. Needless to say, it was a very busy day, and the amount of pathology is enormous. I wish I had brought my oral pathology textbook.
Best wishes from Kisumu, Kenya, and the nice view from my room at the Sunset Hotel.


Posted by szwetch at November 9, 2007 09:09 AM

Comments

Sam,
So great to hear from you in Kenya. Thanks for sharing this trip with us. I look forward to future installments. Good Luck!!!
Bunky, Neal and kids

Posted by: bely at November 11, 2007 02:51 PM

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