You encounter some wild names when you travel – in part because of cultural differences, in part because of writing in English as a second or third language. Asia has some great sign-spotting, but Kenya can definitely join in the competition. Check it out…
My personal favorite…
Some people name their babies after famous people, others name their matatus…
-“Obama Senator” variation
Would you get into a matatu named…
-“Lord Help Us”
-“Out of Control” …?
-“The Gunner Team,” watch out for the nerdiest, cut-throat tuk tuk in town!
-most political: “abortion is a crime”
-most philosophical: “what is?”
-most SF: “i am ganja head”
-“Do the Right Thing: Be Abstinent.” on a clearly pregnant lady
-Grateful Dead tie-dye t-shirt on a dude obviously trying to look cool, bobbing his head to Kenyan rap.
-“Your boyfriend thinks I’m SEXY” hot pink lettering on a black t-shirt, worn by an elderly Kenyan woman.
-“Dolphin Butchery.” i didn’t know they had dolphins in Kenya!
-“Virgin Counter” what do they do to virgins there…?
-“Artist.” i wish i could open up a shop and put up a sign that says “artist” and then wait to see who would come in and what they would ask for…
-“New Miyako Hotel” in Eldoret, Kenya. It’s the name of the fancy Japanese hotel in San Francisco and other big cities. Except this one is clearly not fancy … and not Japanese.
other interesting sightings / a very global experience
-camels on the highway to Eldoret! i’d expect giraffes here, but camels…?
-being asked if i’m from India
-advertisements for karate classes all over Kisumu
-sitting in a defunct Japanese video game shaped like a space rocket while eating a Kenyan banana and canned OJ from Singapore while listening to Britney Spears blasting out of a nearby hair salon as two Swahili women in long burqas stare at me from a bench.