Monday, July 02, 2007

Vioja Ujerumani

After 4 weeks of European adventure (read technical training) I'm back on home soil. 1 month bila ugali na chapati was bearable considering that it was a first time trip, so sampling sights and sounds of majuu was definately worth it.

After Brussels came 2 weeks in Munich, Germany. While the sight weren't as picturesque as Brussels and Paris, the infrastructure and the cars were something else. Seems that German engineering is all that and more. We used the train system and it is absolutely reliable. The roads are partitioned for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles, and alot of times, we were found on the cyclist lane, quite embarrassing!! The beer glasses were humongous, and also I found the closest picture of home i.e. Hakuna Matata pub. Cost of living is slightly lower than Brussels, and there are good prices for electronic equipment. I came into JKIA lugging a whole CPU, and went straight to customs just as formality, since computer equipment is tax free.

Interestingly, this was one place where the small world theory was proven kabisa. First I had the opportunity to hook up with several Kenyan chiles who went there under the banner of ‘Language Students’ i.e. Aupairs. It was interesting hearing their vibe on their mboch lives, and the search of a hook up that will get them papers (they call them Makara - short for makaratasi). The bottom line is that Aupair is just an entry point and the marriage (or kid) is the passport to full status change. So sad, coz these chics say they don't have any job opportunities back home so this is the only way for them to make a life and care for the folks and siblings.

The other thing is the 'solidarity' thing that black Africans (not from North Africa and Nigeria – they have their own mingi crew) have, that you acknowledge one another on the streets. Guess when you are few in number, seeing 'one of your own' makes you feel at least welcome. There's no open discrimination, but the atmosphere just isn't welcoming, and especially when you don't know the language.

East or West, Home is best. Isn't it?

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At 7/02/2007 3:40 pm , Blogger gishungwa said...

Its sad what some people have to do to make ends meet aka Aupairs. Good to see you back. So about that chocolate?

At 7/02/2007 8:36 pm , Anonymous aegeus said...

It is sad..but if it gets you there...i like that Porsche...

At 7/03/2007 10:02 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yap blacks in SA do the same..infact you greet using a vernacular language and leave the akataz ngethiang. it is also interesting to watch a white and black arguing...they both speak in their native languages thus getting away with saying whatever was on their minds. Here however a foreigner is a foreigner. They feel nothing for you as a black.

At 7/08/2007 8:54 pm , Blogger mwasjd said...

It isn't really about making ends meet. More like wanting the good life too much, such that you sacrifice what is most important to you.
Chocolate? Eh, imeisha...

What happened to dignity? Some sacrifices shouldn't be made.
I also liked the Porsche. Also went window shopping for an Aston Martin!

Why can't we all just get along??

At 9/04/2007 1:19 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep it up pal. This is very entertaining stuff.When will the next edition? Mayb u can call it "back due to public demand"

At 2/20/2008 3:02 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha, hey guy,,,,
interesting,,,,,,wish i saw you,,,,,i could have tald you more positiv things too,,,you dont have to be an Au-pair or so called " alanguage student" n to get makara,,,,to live in Germany,,,,there are some other things zenye zinafanya uwe proud,,,, hey am here but not in the name of kutafuta makara,,,, am making best of my not everything is negative here.
BUT anyway i really like whot you made me to fell damn in a serious loughter.

At 3/01/2008 3:35 pm , Blogger mwasjd said...

I also hope that I'll have the opportunity to do a next edition from Ujeru.

Who knows, there might be another opportunity? Sorry if it sounded like I was branding every lady in Germany like that. Didn't mean it.
All the best as you try to do your thing. Keep laughing!


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