Monday, June 04, 2007

Young Kenyan Man in Belgium


Nilipanda ndege, nikaenda majuu!!!

Hi good people. This is what happens when a Kenyan is translated to the first world. The same short I was randarandaring with all over Nairobi on Saturday, is the same one doing rounds in Brussels on Sunday. I'm here for 2 weeks, technical training (that's what the company sent me for) and hoping to get the most out of the experience.

Apparently this flying out thing isn't everything they say about it. Of course the numerous passport checks (4 in Kenya, 2 in Belgium) were a bit too much. The flight on SN Brussels was quite smooth, considering everyone has been a bit touchy about flying lately. The stewardesses however were not the kindest (is it coz we were in economy or coz we are black?) and the food was not the best.

Brussels is a beautiful city (as the picture outside our Hotel clearly shows) and we've spent the whole day roaming the city, visiting some of the major sites such as the Grand Place. My colleagues are wholly dependent on me, being the only chap in this group of 5 who can vibe french (Thank you Lord for the strength to skuma 4 years of KCSE French) and I actually have a good command of it, or is it the pressure coz guys don't vibe english alot. Surprisingly, we overheard a group of black jamaas vibing Kiswahili, the Nairobi dialect kabisa!

It's actually quite easy to visit and the street signs and maps guarantee that getting around is a piece of cake. The prices on the other hand are another thing, especially if you keep automatically converting everything to Kenya shillings and gasping in despair! At least it's the company footing the bill...

It's the beginning of summer and the sun set after 10 p.m. which was amazing to behold (despite learning all about it in school, looking at your watch is so surreal!). My first experience with a chic hasn't gone down well, jungu chile asks me if I wanted to use the net (computer at the hotel lobby) after her, and my high school french + all the english potead!!!! Let's hope that the rest of the 2 weeks brings better tales. A bientot!!!

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13 Comments:

At 6/04/2007 8:36 am , Anonymous ptah said...

umefika!! french...shell. There were numerous ways God would take you there, just that you didn't see it then.

 
At 6/04/2007 12:34 pm , Blogger akiey said...

Quel joie et amuse-toi bien copain!
Good insight you're giving about your first trip to Brussels. Hope you enjoy the city (work or now work, you gotta, lol!) & all that it brings.

 
At 6/05/2007 10:50 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A French sister in law...it can work...lakini ém shorts should have been left in the house

 
At 6/05/2007 1:20 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

those shorts!!!lol!!the food online is never the best and its not a black thing..must have been a bad day for the stewardess... will u make it to visit this swede??

 
At 6/05/2007 5:31 pm , Anonymous fitz said...

hey make sure you do another post from there before you jet back. Enjoy kabisa!

 
At 6/07/2007 12:21 am , Blogger mwasjd said...

@ptah
Niaje mse, yaani God amenifikisha. And in the best of ways...

@akiey
Je vous remercie pour visiter. The city is lovely, and so large, can't get enough of it, so many sights to see and experience

@anon
Pole sis but I have better luck keeping the shorts than finding a Belgian in-law for you...

@anon2
sandy-babe, I'm not sure I'll fika to see you in sweden, couldn't get a cheap flight that would do that fri-sun return, so pole in advance. Flight food apart from the Kenyan branded stuff (yoghurt, juice), the wine and bread wasn't the best. Steward, I sort of understand...

@fitz
Ni lazima ni post another before leaving, watch this space. Thanks for enjoying...

 
At 6/07/2007 12:34 am , Anonymous aegeus said...

Interesting. Hebu as fitz said do another post about Brussels. Now the sun setting at 10pm would drive me crazy!

 
At 6/08/2007 8:24 pm , Blogger mwasjd said...

@aegeus
As promised, will deliver on the post, but still looking for a bit more drama to blog about. The 10 pm thing is a mystery, one wonders what to do with the 'extra' hours...

 
At 6/12/2007 10:47 am , Blogger Odegle said...

enjoy my good man, but also remember to read those technical things!

 
At 6/14/2007 7:45 pm , Blogger mwasjd said...

@odegle
Actually the tech studies are quite eye opening and fun! Makes everything one big holiday!!!

 
At 7/02/2007 3:34 pm , Blogger gishungwa said...

Mwas, told you i make a good maid and ywould have helped with luggage then you left me aki sawa tu LOL. The legs *whistles*

 
At 7/10/2007 9:07 am , Blogger mwasjd said...

@gish
Let's hope this won't be the last trip I'll be making, so I'll holla next time. As for the legs, you have to see them upclose...

 
At 12/10/2011 9:36 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those shorts...eeeehhh!!!!

 

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