Friday, July 6, 2012

Eldoret III

On Wednesday in Eldoret, I woke up feeling sore all over. I attributed that to our 12-hour day on rural roads. However, I was also feeling a little of the gross belly. I attributed that to the lunch we had at one of the schools the day before.

When the call came for Rivatex around 9:30 am, we went to pick up Cale’s suit. It was a definite improvement over Monday; however, it was still quite large in many places. There was extra fabric in the legs and arms. In addition, the stitching in some places wasn’t too impressive. The buttonholes, in particular, were not professionally finished. In general, it was not a stellar suit. The suit shirt was also still wrong. Cale had requested French cuffs, but the shirt was regular cuff. On Monday, he had painstakingly explained French cuff to confirm they knew what he was talking about. However, the shirt was still regular cuff when we returned on Wednesday. We knew there was no point to attempting to have additional changes made, so we decided to go with it. We were then a little surprised by the price. Cale had originally been quoted 3,000 Ksh for the entire suit, but when he was given the bill, it included an additional 800 Ksh charge for the shirt. Based on the exchange rate ACCT got for our wire transfers to our Kenyan account, it looks like Cale’s entire suit still cost less than $50 USD. That is nothing to sneeze at. However, it is every penny of a $50 suit and not a penny more.

During this entire transaction, I was mostly horizontal on a bench not feeling super well. We debated if I felt well enough for the four-hour ride home. I didn’t want to spend another night in Eldoret though and decided to just suck it up and head out. It was a good thing I did, as later that day is when we suspected I had come down with malaria…though after only two days of fever, it was probably not malaria.

Speaking of my fauxlaria, the Kenyans of our household were insistent that riding the motorcycle is what caused the malaria. According to the general consensus, riding the motorcycle makes you cold and can get you sick, even with malaria apparently (a disease well known to be caused by mosquitoes).

— Sara

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