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Oh my goodness what an incredibly long slog of a flight (Little Rock-Chicago-London Heathrow-Nairobi), and the only saving grace was that on the longest leg (8h30m London-Nairobi) I had a row all to myself and conked out for most of the flight.

It's been cool and rainy here in Nairobi, which doesn't help the sore throat I came with. The city has grown considerably, and I've noticed quite a few improvements since I left in 2000. There are many shiny new buildings, fewer potholes, and a lot more people. I ventured to Westlands yesterday which is now a city within a city and visited my old office. Well, my former employer now housed in a new complex. I was surprised and touched at how many people remembered me, although they all universally said I'd fattened up!

Afterwards I trekked over to The Banana Box to shop. (Yesterday was my only free day.) I bought a ridiculous number of gifts but hey, all for a good cause. I met up with another former colleague and his wife and their friends for dinner at an Italian restaurant called Mediterreaneo where I had an excellent plate of ricotta and spinach ravioli with tomato sauce. Dinner conversation centered on work (bitter ex-colleagues in particular) and holiday plans (Christmas in Sri Lanka). Oh, international life - I do sort of miss it, although everyone kept asking me about the latest movies that hadn't come to Nairobi yet.
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On December 1st, 2006 10:28 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Er...haven't you been preoccupied?
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On November 30th, 2006 08:40 am (UTC), hatter_anon commented:
Well I'm sure it's nice to be able to drop in on the international life sometimes, and then go back to your latest movies!
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On December 1st, 2006 10:19 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Unfortunately I haven't see any of the movies they asked about...they were especially looking forward to Borat for some reason.
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On November 30th, 2006 04:41 pm (UTC), clynne commented:
Whoa! You're in Nairobi? What for?

Your life is so cool.
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On December 1st, 2006 10:20 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
For work, amazingly enough! Yeah, I am lucky - thanks for reminding me.
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