After growing up and living in Nairobi moving to Eldoret was definitely going to be a drastic change. I have to admit adjusting was not easy from complaining about the mud to remembering tarmacked roads of Nairobi and the distance from campus to Eldoret town( its one hour BTW and I think 42 km away not certain about that value) point is it’s far.
Most people think it’s an advantage to move to a place nobody knows you mainly because you can reinvent yourself . So there I was a first year very sheltered and innocent thrown into this place called campus. It was like starting out in a new school where you have to make new friends and meet new people ( being introverted it was not a guarantee i would be good at this part).
The greatest part about living in the reserve was how cheap it was and still is in certain aspects though. You can get food for twenty shillings and the quantity does not disappoint, the shops also have goods for any price like rice for 100 shillings , a cup of milk for 10 shillings and vegetables for 10 shillings as well. The best place however is the market where you can get anything, its called Mabatini( Mabs). Clothes go for as low as 10 shillings and even 50 shillings is quite pricey depending on the item. I remember I once got hoodies being sold for 50 shillings each which usually go for 300 shillings each in Nairobi, I bought five that day you cannot let a good deal pass. The salons are three times less what it would cost me in Nairobi however there is a catch ; you have to help the lady part the braids and it takes longer in comparison to Kenyatta market in Nairobi. Overall it is a great place to save and start investing I once spent 50 shillings only for a week,which involved cooking my own meals and shopping in the market in advance reduced the unnecessary spending.
The disadvantages are the supermarkets are an hour away and sometimes even after the journey the item you are looking for is not even available, it’s a small town very few options to choose from. For the longest time I only knew where the stage to get to campus was and the stage to board a vehicle to Nairobi but I have learnt of others places over the years. Let us not forget about the mud …..the main footwear has been gumboots this past week. The rain starts at 12 pm till 3 pm takes a short break and starts again at 6 pm every single day… why bother wearing other shoes if it only gives you more work to clean them.
So first year I lived in the hostels and moved out in second year never looked back. Rentals vary from size to price ,the prices range from Ksh 2000- Ksh 8000, it can be self-contained or non self-contained .Currently have my own place which simple and comfortable.I just wanted my own space where you don’t feel you are invading the other person. However, the neighbors( sigh) ; some put their volumes so high it’s as if the whole floor wanted to listen with them the most annoying is when someone is watching with the speakers connected ( I don’t want an audio of what I may or may not have watched already) . I came to accept that not everyone is considerate and you have to find a way to be comfortable.
There are a few things I don’t understand till now: how do you open your shop at 8 am??? work and classes start at 8 am if you needed something earlier you either have to wait or buy the night before , in Nairobi shops are open as early as 5 am people are too relaxed around here …I get its in the reserve but being a university you would expect people to be a little more aggressive in terms of business but no people take things as they come which is a really bad habit and it is so easy to be dragged into this line of thought.
Despite the obstacles that come with living here it has been a great place to learn to be independent, manage a household even if it’s just me and also interact with people from different backgrounds. If I continued staying in Nairobi I doubt I would have the skill set I learnt out here. Sometimes life just throws you into the deep end and you have to find your way .Till my next post , ” Life is tough my darling but so are you.” – Stephanie Bennett Henry.