Home sweet home!

I have been pretty awful with keeping up with this blog. Though so much has happened since I swore in, it feels like I still haven’t done much. Until August, I am meant to integrate into my community and learn about it so that I can plan what activities or projects will benefit them most (I will make a separate post on how my village life has been going). Even though I have a lot to do still, there is always an abundance of down time where I have to find ways of occupying myself to keep from going stir crazy. I have used that downtime to decorate my house and make it feel like home.

I have learned to haggle and get fabrics and decor pieces for way less than they try to sell it to me for (mzungu prices are reeeeally high). I have also DIY’d a lot of projects (like adding kangas to cardboard to make a pin-up board) and used ordinary kitchen products (such as rice baskets to sift out rocks) as both decor and functional items. If you are looking into joining Peace Corps, I highly recommend bringing photos and cards from loved ones. I even brought a tapestry that I used in college. It’s lightweight and makes a huge difference in the room. For painting and furniture, I hired fundis in my village which I prefered for multiple reasons. 1) Transporting furniture from your banking town is costly. 2) You can have some (usually turns out a bit different) say in what you want the furniture or paint job to look like. 3) It felt nice to support the workers in my village.

Anywaaaaays, here is some pictures of my new home. There is also a video on Youtube that gives a better view of it. Enjoy and talk to you soon! 🙂

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You can usually get furniture made in town by a local fundi. For me, the quality is not as good as pieces you can find in town, but it is a lot cheaper and still serves its purpose. The only item I got made in town was my couch.
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I put the effort in my living room since that is where the majority of my time is spent. I paid less than two dollars for a lot of the fabric that I used throughout the house.

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Still can’t cook :)))) I fortunately have a gas jiko (stove) which makes cooking so much easier. Charcoal jikos are move convenient when it comes to making beans, boiling water, and baking.

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I go to my banking town, which is an hour and a half downhill, about once a week to buy groceries. I usually get potatoes, carrots, peppers, rice, ginger, and fruit. My village primarily sells onions, tomatoes, and bananas.
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I had a fundi build a bookshelf for me to store my clothes and shoes in.

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