Karl Krahn You may be wondering, “1) Who is Arsalan, 2) Where is he going, and 3) Why is his name on a cake?” Well, 1) Arsalan is one of the many great friends we have made here during our internship in Kenya as QES scholars. 2) He left in November because his contract was … Continue reading Highlights of Nairobi, Kenya
Travel with open eyes and you will become a scholar– Swahili Proverb *Dear readers: I must highlight that there are many other factors that play a part of in this topic, such as privilege and the pedestal outsiders can be put on, but such topics are for another time. And by no means am I … Continue reading Open Eyes and Hearts
This week in Nairobi is another busy one of meetings and research as we dig deeper into our work with the East Africa Institute and UNOPS, as well as our volunteering and community involvement. All three of us interns got the joy of attending the EAI at the “Nairobi Food Day” event on Tuesday, joining … Continue reading Nairobi Food Day and The Future of Food
There have been many firsts for me since I left Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, for Canada. First, it was the longest flight I ever had. Another first for me was the experience of fall weather; days of erratic weather patterns. My body couldn’t fathom how a place could be sunny, then suddenly turn into … Continue reading Thanksgiving in Canada!
Here in Tanzania this semester we are a team of six women, all in our 20's, all studying in different fields, all with varying amounts of international experience, research experience, work experience, and all with different personalities, triggers, annoyances, likes and dislikes. Prior to leaving, our advisors tried to explain to us how it might … Continue reading An internship in food systems & empathy
My first day in Nairobi three weeks ago included meetings, errands, and getting to know a small part of Nairobi with my fellow interns Chelsea and Karl. In search of some basic groceries, we decided to check out supermarket giant Nakumatt while visiting a local shopping centre. One of the largest and most wide-spread supermarket … Continue reading Empty Grocery Aisles and an Introduction to Nairobi’s Food System
Jambo! One of the patterns I have noticed in this vibrant city is her love for juxtapositions. Dusty, broken and trash littered sidewalks are walked upon by sharply dressed business people. Tall, modern buildings are neighbors with dilapidated and crowded markets; while gated, secure communities provide little protection against the incessant mosquitoes and boisterous traffic. … Continue reading Reflections from Nairobi