David and Liza Cooke

When we were preparing to come to Kenya, one of the many topics we explored in our cross-cultural orientation was time. Coming from professions where time-keeping and time-filling were a relatively prescribed business, we were happily surprised by how easily we settled into living by “African time” as our friends here call it.

We have loved the fact that people often take precedence over meetings but it is not without its challenges for all concerned. Every now and again, we are surprised as we discover people who believe in keeping time. Our two personalities come into conflict at this point because one of us is a time-keeper and one of us is a “right up to the last moment” person. We have actually been late for a couple of appointments!

Then there is the whole thing of speed. Walking here at speed (as we would in temperate climes) has proved…

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