Monday, February 28, 2011

Too Soon to Go

Despite being on "Swahili time" Neil and I are getting ready to depart Kenya tomorrow. The time has gone by way TOO quickly - as is the case on most trips. I am extremely grateful for the wonderful hospitality we have been shown by so many people. So much good food - Ugali, Chapati and Sukuma Wiki are some of the ones which will be most missed when I am back stateside. One custom that I am always struck by is the ritual of washing hands before a meal. Before a meal is served, someone usually brings a pitcher of hot water, a bowl, soap and a towel in order to wash everyones hands before eating. “Cleanliness is next to Godliness” as the sayings go. To me it somehow seems as a unifying moment as we wash from the same bowl before eating together around the same table. More personal or meaningful than the way we do it back in the U.S. and just assume everyone has gone to the washroom and washed their hands before eating...

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