Newsletter N0 5, June 2021

Created: Thursday, 10 June 2021

 

Listening to Nyahururu

Dear friends,

For once I am reporting in a slightly different way: by means of a sound recording. Below you can find the acoustic story of a typical Sunday here in Nyahururu. The recordings were all taken directly in front of my house over several Sundays and then put together. On the following pages, you will find a short description of the events as well as time codes for some sounds, which often stand for short stories within the recording. I recommend using good headphones or earphones, as the recordings were made with a special microphone that preserves the spatiality of the sounds.

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Garden customs

Created: Thursday, 29 April 2021

Garten 1Everyone here in Nyahururu seems to be interested in gardening. Many grew up on a farm and have a vegetable garden. Some have a piece of land somewhere that they cultivate as an additional income. As a result, my garden is often inspected when colleagues are visiting. And in doing so, different customs become visible.

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On Mondays I am a tourist

Created: Wednesday, 14 April 2021

montag"Mister, where are you going? Nairobi? Maralal?" - "Hey John, you need a lift to Thomson Falls? Only 200 Shillings!" This and the like I hear when I walk through the town on Mondays.

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How do I sell a braded bread in Nyahururu?

Created: Friday, 19 February 2021

marleen bakery1It had been planned for a long time, last Wednesday I finally stood for a day in the bakery of  L'Arche Kenya and demonstrated Ann and Maggy some of my favorite bakeries. We made pizza, apple pie, far breton, sablé and butter plait.

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Coq-au-vin to end the year

Created: Sunday, 20 December 2020

cog au vinShortly before the year ends, the department for communication and relations gathers for a team-building event. We meet in the garden of my little house and prepare lunch together. My contribution to the buffet is coq-au-vin.

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Tomatoes from the Chief

Created: Sunday, 13 December 2020

tomatenRecently, I could take part in a field trip to attend a discussion round among youth on the topic of gender-based violence. The local chief was very supportive of our activity and offered us to stop by his tomato field and pick some up for ourselves. 

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Strawberries

Created: Tuesday, 01 December 2020

ErdbeerenThe neighbourhood children come to visit me on Sunday. They ask if the strawberries are ripe. I don't know, so we go and check together.

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Newsletter 4, November 2020

Created: Saturday, 14 November 2020

Working under COVID-19

Dear friends

The COVID19 pandemic has mixed up many lives around the world. Many people suddenly found themselves in difficult situations. It was no different in Kenya – only that for some existential issues came up very fast. I would like to report a little about it in this newsletter.

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