Happy Valentines Day from Nairobi...

Hi Everyone! I'm so excited to be writing to you all this morning. It is 10 am Kenya time and 1 am your time. All of you in the U.S should hopefully be asleep.

Happy Valentines Day!!! I am writing now because I want to take any chance I can get to tell you all about my trip so far.

We had a very eventful day yesterday and are expecting to have another today. We are going to a Nairobi slum this afternoon, meeting with Daystar Alumni later, and going to dinner with a graduate from Nairobi later.

It is so interesting be half way across the world. Kenya is so different from the U.S. I've noticed so many differences and it's only the 2nd day. It is interesting when you walk into a grocery store or church how the young kids stare. While in a grocery store, children younger than 10 came up to us to shake our hands.

It is definitely warm here... around the 80's and 90's. MUCH different from the freezing temps in Minnesota.

Food is very different here...the only fruits I've seen are Banana's, pinapple, mango, papaya , lime and watermelon. Cheese and dairy products are very rare in Kenya and you don't see much of them.

Yesterday we had a Kenyan meal consisting of Ugali which is a boiled cornmeal, steamed cabbage and a beef stew. You can't drink tap water, so we buy bottled water when we are out and have a jug for where we are staying.

They have hot water heaters that you must turn on an hour or two before you take a shower, otherwise you will not have hot water.

I have not seen many animals here...or bugs. It rained last night so we did see giant slugs (pictures coming). oh! And, a gecko.

That's all for now. I will have many videos and pictures to share with you all when I return. Right now I can't post many since they take up too much internet usage time.

Thank you all for reading and following along for this journey with me.

The daystar blog: http://daystarjoh.blogspot.com/

Love,

Lauren