So I have lived in Tigoni for just over two weeks now. I thought I would share a little bit what everyday life is like. As I mentioned in an earlier post I live in a house that is combined with the school. My bedroom is on the top left of this picture, and my classroom is on the bottom left. It makes it easy in class when we are practicing our Swahili and I am asked where I live - I can simply respond with up. Right behind the house is a safricom cell tower. I appreciate this as my internet is reasonably fast.
I have a cozy bedroom but it has everything I need: windows to let the light in when the power is out (which is quite rare here) and let the moths and the mosquitoes in at night. (Mom, you will be proud to know I am mostly over my fear of moths, although I wish I had a vacuum cleaner to suck them up). I take great security in my mosquito net, although I still have the odd bite. The bedroom also has 2 wardrobe style closets so I have been able to unpack and settle in.
I don't know if it is due to the sun rising, the birds singing, or my house mates stirring but I have been up early most days. I often sit outside, on the balcony, and read a book or just enjoy the beauty around me. The picture below does not do justice to the amount of greenery I am surrounded by.
There are some interesting facts about living in Africa and one thing I have had to get used to is a different shower. I love a hot shower with lots of water - not happening. In Kenya I have encountered two types of hot water heaters.   The first is the North American style of a tank, BUT, you turn it on a hour before you shower as to not waste electricity (this was the system I had for my month in Nairobi, however water did not come consistently to our home so no long hot shower or you would not be able to do the laundry or flush the toilet the next day).Here in Tigoni we have the second system. I admire the technology behind the system but it slightly terrifies me. I don't know what the actual name is of this thing is but I have often heard it dubbed the widow maker. It works on a simple principle coils are in the shower head and when water is turned on they are heated by electricity, this heat is than transferred to the water as it passes over the coils and voila instant hot shower. If it is not hot enough you turn the flow of the water down and if it is to hot you increase the amount of water. You have to be careful not to touch the shower head while its on as you may get a shock, we all know how well electricity and water mix. My shower broke the other day, when I turned it off a whole lot of steam came out. So I am using my house mates shower and hope mine will be fixed soon.