In Africa, we have experienced such wonderful hospitality and generosity!
Last week, Ashley and I had the opportunity to visit the family of our dear friends, Julius and Esther Kosgei. They were my friends and CC/track teammates at Harding--a precious couple. We awoke early to begin our journey to Timboroa, which we thought was much closer to us than it really is. By 3 pm, we had finally arrived to their home after a hike up the steepest hill I have seen in awhile. What a beautiful place with a gorgeous view of the surrounding hills, farms, and forests! We immediately met Julius' mother, who is the sweetest, cutest, most joyful African lady. We also met his brother, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews. What a blessing to be with them! In one morning with Julius' family, we seriously drank 8 cups of chai by the time we had visited with everyone. They kept saying: "You must drink tea. It is very cold here." They served us a feast of chicken, rice, potatoes, and chapati. And we even watched some American music videos on their TV. Ha!
During our time here, I have struggled with my Chaco soles. One split, so I tried to repair it with duct tape. I finally broke down to buy some Super Glue (which cost about $0.50 here). Just when I fixed one, the sole of the other shoe broke off. The dusty dry season took one, and the rainy season mud took the other. Africa: 2, Chacos: 0. When we went to visit our Maasai friend's home, I couldn't find my Chacos one day. Come to find out, our host had taken them to be repaired in town! When I got them back, the sole had been sewn together. Now they are better than ever, and I own a one-of-a-kind pair of Chacos. Africa: 10, Chacos: 0. :)