Sunday, June 21, 2009

Driving in Kenya

It's not new, it's not red, it's not even all that fast, but this is now the Friess family car!  
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?" 


Rachel said...

Be careful out there! The driving in Kenya is pretty crazy!

Anonymous said...

It really is amazing that feeling of freedom when you have a car and the feeling of restriction when there is no car at our disposal. I remember that too. Lots to be aware of on the Kenyan highways and byways besides learning to drive on the "other' side of the road. I will be praying for your safety and looking forward to hearing your stories.
God Bless you all,
Bend, OR

Pastor Amy said...

I'm sure it feels great to have some freedom! When I lived in Belfast I drove a car on the "wrong" side of the road and it does take some getting used to, but you will. Glad it is enabling you guys to get out and do some things that feel normal. And happy Father's Day, Malin!