Nothing new under the sun

Before our arrival here in Eldoret we lived in West Sussex- a place which has its own micro-climates depending on whether you are in the coastal plain or up on the South Downs.
Many a time Liza would leave a cold but sunshiny town to drive to the school up on the Downs where she was teaching, only to discover the roads were like an ice-rink and the fields were covered in snow.
So one of the things we looked forward to in coming to Kenya was the African sunshine and one of things we expected not to talk about was the weather.

And then we came to the North Rift.

The North Rift where the rains are eagerly awaited as the dry season fills our noses and throats with dust and even the plants and animals beg for mercy. People talk about it being too hot “Jua ni kali leo- the sun is fierce today!”
Tea pickersThen the rains begin and everything turns beautifully green again and the crops begin to grow.
And it becomes absolutely freezing! The other night the temperature fell to 8˚C, nothing to bother about back in the UK but here with no heating it’s a bit more of a challenge.
All our Kenyan friends layer up their clothing, topping things off with quilted anoraks. Every sensible woman carries at least a shawl if not a blanket in her bag. And we all exclaim “Leo ni baridi sana- today is freezing!”

It seems there really is nothing new under the sun……


4 thoughts on “Nothing new under the sun

  1. When I lived in Mexico City (1981/82), in winter, the Mexicans wrapped up in sweaters, ponchos etc early in the morning. By 0900 hours it was T shirt time. But Mexico City did drop to just over 0 degrees C with a touch of frost. My Mexican visitors to England have trouble with British summer. They are used to more or less equal days and nights and so wake up with the sun (and fall asleep soon after sunset). Not good to always get 3/4 hours sleep, but I guess this was the norm for British peasants before the industrial revolution(?) .
    Love to you both. Cyn & John

    1. We have equal days and nights which is fine. In the dry season it’s cool at night which makes it nice for sleeping (unlike when we visited Turkana where it remained really hot at night) and as soon as the sun is up it becomes warm. In the rainy season it’s so much colder, most of the time …however the equatorial sun can still burn badly so it’s quite a challenge on the clothing front!
      Love to both of you too

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