Faces+Places: Alex & Pat
The thing about traveling as an explorer as opposed to a tourist … you get to meet different people some that leave a very bad impression and others that you learn from and will always remember … and this is just what Alex and Patricia did!
Alex and Pat were my hosting family in Nakuru, Kenya back in 2007 … It was my first experience not staying in a hotel or at a family’s home when traveling and I was a little unsure about it …
Let me tell you about Alex and Pat … they are a local married couple who gave up their jobs and moved to London (not England’s city but the slum area of Nakuru) to start a centre that provides a shelter and education to the kids in the slums…They opened up their home in the slums to accommodate volunteers and visitors from all over the world who can help in one way or another to build, teach , and serve in the community …
I didn’t know what to expect when I arrived in Nakuru … I’ve never met people from Kenya before let alone live with one .. I met Alex first at the bus station after few hours ride from Nairobi … he welcomed me warmly and seemed very cheerful and honestly interested to know about my country, my religion and my background … We drove just few minutes to their home just at the corner of the hill that takes you to the waste dump … I met Pat with her two adorable kids and she seemed so nice and helped me settled into my room …
After few days only I felt like am living at home … we meet at the breakfast/dinner table to have our home cooked meals … when I am bored or tired I can just throw myself on the couch and watch tv or just have a chat or read in the garden …wait for turns to go to the bathroom ..
It was a new experience that I was very reserved to enjoy at first but quickly opened up to … although my time with them was just about two weeks they really made me welcomed in their home and into their family … they were very respectful of my religion and background … and we had some very good chats about that … They helped me see that with all our many differences that we share a lot of stuff in common … our daily lives and routines … they helped me see that no matter how the circumstances around you are you can be a very happy and optimistic person (something that I am still trying to learn day by day)…. although I think that I was a bit on the shy and quite side …. I hope that I left a good impression on them as they did to me …. Thanks Guys!
Alex and his little “precious” girl
Pat relaxing on the couch
the Ken man a football maniac
Two very inspirational roommates