The year is finally coming to an end. October was a good month for me. I stepped out of my comfort zone and got to experience certain things in a different way. So today I am sharing a few things that I was up to in October.
Travel. I rarely go out but if I do, I usually prepare for it. This time it was different I was just saying yes to every invitation I got. I wanted to go home and read a book but I thought I should try this outdoor thing. That is how I started visiting different places.
The first weekend my grandmother called me and said she wanted to take me for a tour of Machakos County. It was our bonding session. We passed through different places and she explained what happens there or who comes from there. I found out there is a place where water flows against gravity but the story behind the phenomenon is told better by the people who live around that place. If you go to Machakos you have to visit T tot restaurant (samosas are amazing) which has been there since time immemorial. We then proceeded for a ruracio (I forgot what they call it in Kamba) and at some point, my grandmother asked me what she should ask for when I bring someone home.
The next highlight is from my road trip to Western. We usually visit once a year but when my cousin said he was going I decided to accompany him. I was on edge until the day before the trip. I am glad I didn’t turn down that opportunity. I never appreciated the scenery when I travelled to Eldoret (maybe because I was asleep half the time) but this time I got to really appreciate nature. I think I gained a few kilos while we were on the road because of the constant snacking. The constant storytelling was also a plus, reminiscing and sharing different experiences. My grandparents were so excited when we arrived since their house is only usually full during Christmas. We had no electricity for the few days we spent there so most of our time was spent outside taking walks and basking in the sun. Is it just or when you go to shagz you rarely have the urge to find out what time it is? You sit outside basking and talking and before you know it, three hours are gone. At some point my grandfather was like, now that you have completed a very tough course you should learn maragoli, and he has made it his mission to ensure that I do. During the whole visit, he would talk to me in maragoli and my grandmother would translate for me (haha).
Books. I finally finished “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini and it was amazing just like his other books. I also got to read “We Should All Be Feminists” by Chimamanda Ngozi. It is a short book based on a TED talk she gave. I had listened to the talk a few months ago but when I was reading the book I wished I had a highlighter because she had great points. As much as people believe it makes women hate men I think it just highlights what women go through because of how society has normalized some situations. I won’t go into details because I will find myself preaching but you can get the book or listen to the TED talk, “The Danger of a Single Story.”
Graduation. I also got my results and passed. I remember I was with my aunt when I got them and when I read it out loud and said I passed she was like of course. I am slowly realizing how it is not going to be mine but for everyone else. I think this is the one thing my grandmother has been waiting for this year.
Self-care. I have been obsessed with hair for the past two years. I have tried almost all the products you can find in Kenya and I learnt to braid my own hair. I got bored and I have decided to try out skin care. There is so much to learn when it comes to skin care and can I just say how expensive it can be? I decided to try out the 10 step Korean skin system but I only do four steps faithfully. The thing about trying such things is you either can’t find the product or can’t afford. I am in the ‘can’t afford’ category so I am doing a lot of DIY alternatives and its working.
That is a summary of my October let us see how November goes.
The girl with the red lipstick.