This is a 1999 Toyota Corolla that was imported from Japan several years ago. Most imported cars (come in white) no choice. It is four wheel drive, has about 87,000 km, and has automatic transmission.
This car was transferred to us through our project account under Samaritan's Purse from the departing OB/Gyn physician leaving Kijabe.
We took the keys yesterday...and I admit I felt like a 16 year old with the freedom of his first car. I put the window down, turned on some music, put the window down to wave at any passenger, and gassed us up!
Driving in Kenya is always an adventure and usually proceeded with prayer. Having not driven any vehicle in the last 7 months we cautiously took a family drive. Driving on the left side of the road (think left turns-tight, and right turns-wide), avoiding goats, negotiating potholes, and staying out of the way of speeding Mutatu's (Kenyan Taxis) requires full attention.
We feel thankful and energized by the new freedom this will give our family as the last 7 months we have been dependent on catching rides with others or hiring drivers.
The girls seemed to enjoy our family drive. Amelia promptly fell asleep in the car. Meredith liked her car seat but was unaware that, "Daddy you can be our driver?"