An American volunteer I’d met a few weeks ago told me he was meeting up with some other volunteers to cook American food and watch American movies. I couldn’t turn down that offer!
I spent the night in Chogoria cooking delicious spaghetti and watching Modern Family, the Simpsons, Parks & Recreation, and The Office. It was awesome and a much needed break. I felt much more comfortable walking around the town there too because people didn’t stare or shout things at us as we walked by. It’s a common starting point for treks up Mt. Kenya, so the people there are used to seeing mzungus around.
The next day we drove to another town and met up with a fourth volunteer at the boarding school she works at. We talked for a while about our projects as we drank Crystal Light fruit punch and waited for our macaroni and cheese to cook. We played a few intense rounds of Bananagrams, in which I came in last every round, and listened to American pop music. It was a perfect day.