Friday May 17

Today is Friday and I am sitting in the dining room at the BTL Ruiru conference center. It is near the classroom where Hank is teaching and a great place to just hang out and do some work. I saw my friend, Pennina sitting at a table and decided to join her. First I went back to my room and got a bag of Peanut M&M's.  I decided to share them with her guessing that she may have never had them before. I was right. Just one and she LOVED them. This brought out another soon-to-be friend. Her name is Beth. She too had never had M&M's and soon discovered that she loved them too. 

We sat for over an hour and shared the differences of our lives, mostly cooking and the foods that we ate. I have learned to enjoy vegetables here. They have such a different taste.  And the fruits here......are WONDERFUL. Fresh watermelon, pineapple, papaya and bananas every morning. Oh, and the passion fruit juice I can never get enough of. It is so good.

Both Pennina and Beth are young and have small children. I feel so much older today as I am nearly 20 years their senior but still we can relate. I share with them about my children and then about our dog. They had never heard of an indoor house dog. And especially one that slept on a human bed or rang a service bell to go outside to potty :)

The three of us talked most of the morning.  It was a good day today.  Tomorrow we are to go shopping at the Maasai Market and I look forward to getting out.

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