Kanye 2015: We Put the Semi in Semi-Arid

Guys! It’s 2015 and summer is in full swing, am I right? Here in Kanye it’s wet and humid and green and blooming and, like, 90-something degrees every day. So, so very un-desert-like. See?


It’s December and it’s not winter. For real. We’ll never get over it.


Our garden/orchard is loving it. We’ve planted banana trees, a mango tree, some pineapples, and all the creepy cactus and aloe plants we can dig up on our walks. Avocado seeds are germinating, date palms are germinating, not to mention tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, squash, and we’re already eating the kale and chard we planted back in October on our first weekend here.


What else do we do in the summer? Hike and watch birds, of course. We’re up to 60 bird species spotted in Kanye. On a hike this past on Saturday morning we saw a Red-Headed Weaver, an African Paradise Flycatcher, a Squacco Heron, a Little Egret, and a Crimson-Breasted Shrike. Can you believe it? Oh, and we also saw some vervet monkeys. But I think they were watching us more than we were watching them. Look at Jon putting those binos to use.  Thanks, Bill and Mom!


Also, on that hike, we found a real, live lake filled with ducks, fish, and crabs. Not too shabby for city folk.


We’ve also found running water dripping over rocks. Have a listen.

Sometimes, we settle for standing next to a big cactus.


Or on a little ridge.


And we still can’t help gawking at the sunsets that pictures will never, ever do justice.


We haven’t mentioned work yet? That’s weird. Well, work’s a little slow around the holidays. The schools are closed and most government workers go on extended leaves. We used our time writing up reports for Peace Corps and Jon beat back a bout of streptococcus. We did nothing much for Christmas and for New Year’s we danced in the street with these kids then went to bed at 9pm.

We’ll be back in the swing of things soon enough. We’ve got a two-week Peace Corps training in the capital at the end of January, not mention a trip to Mozambique to see the Indian Ocean in February. Speaking of trips, you’ve got, basically, a little over a year  to come see us. Something, like, May of 2015 to July of 2016. Some people have already mentioned that they are seriously looking into it. If you are interested, send us an email. Last check, that flight from New York to Johannesburg was $942. Or what about Tanzania? Or Ethiopia? Or Madagascar? Africa is your big, crazy oyster.

And, in case you’re wondering, what we really do most of the time is hide from the sun, relax, read, listen to podcasts (Serial!), play around on GarageBand, and laugh to ourselves about how slightly weird/cool life can be. No doubt, you all could’ve guessed it exactly. Let’s talk soon.


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