An Hour at Karen Blixen Museum.

Karen Blixen-Finecke was a Danish author who wrote works in Danish and English. She is best known under her pen names Isak Dinesen, used in English-speaking countries, and Tania Blixen, used in German-speaking countries. But thats not all, her early years started here, when she arrived in Kenya to join her husband Baron Bror Fredrik von Blixen-Finecke, a swedish born writer who was a passionate hunter.

Baron had sold his land to settle here, at the foot of Ngong hills, with the hope that he would farm coffee and become a millionaire. Over 4,000 hectares of this land then was filled with coffee, workers quitters, a coffee factory built by Karen’s brother and the house they used to live in. Karen fell in love with this place, having been born in the flat danish landscape, she loved to wake up and enjoy the view of Ngong hills.

The last years of Karen in Kenya were not rosy, she had divorced from her husband, lost her lover and lost interest in farming. Part of the land was subdivided in 20 hectares and sold. She had to arrange the resettlement of her workers and later sold the house to her friend and left the country. Later, out of Africa was born, her first book published in 1937, now translated to seven languages and a famous movie filmed in 1985. Its her writing career that made her famous.

The danish government later bought the house, which they later gifted to the government of Kenya and now its a museum managed by National Museum of Kenya. Some of her household items were also bought and others were donated, noticeable are the pictures she painted while she lived here, and some personal collection of chest cabinets some imported.  When standing at the main door, Karens favorite spot….sitting on her make shift table made from grinding stones imported from India, here she sat and treated her workers as she marvelled at the site of Ngong Hills. The trees have grown but the hills still conquer.

Some of the machines used during those early years of farming still rest here in the field. The oxen plough and the wagon they used to transport coffee from the farm to Nairobi before it could be send to mombasa then shipped for processing.  The old tractor with metal tyres still fights for its survival in the modern world of the ignition key. The kitchen is intact though not factional, with a picture of her chef, who cooked for the Prince of Wales when he visited and for all this years cooked for her. It is here in this house that Karen entertained her guest prince of wales twice.

Karen loved to paint, she loved to write and she loved people. When she lived here, there was no running water, her metal bathtub was filled with water that was boiled from the kitchen adjacent to the house. She did not have electricity either, the reason why the kitchen had to be a few steps from the main house because they used wood to cook and lanterns for light.

Karen and her friend dreamed of one day owning a ship and when the dream took long to mature, she bought two ship lights, one green and one red which she placed on top of her house and got the satisfaction of her house being turned into a ship, at least for a night. Today, the house is surrounded with nature trail, which gives a peaceful walk and being lost in a cold and peaceful natures embrace.

This is a good place to come and unwind, learn something and enjoy just being away from the troubles of the city. In Denmark, part of the house where Karen lived when she left Kenya is also a museum, its a place am looking forward to visit one of this days. Her picture was used on the postal stamp of Denmark on the 50 Danish Kroner note. If you are in Denmark, I hope it will be on your list ‘of places to visit’ the museum and am sure you will enjoy.

Karen’s writing career was very fruitful, she went on to publish other books after Out of Africa’s success with her last book being published after her death. For me her life is a true reflection of living life to the full, creating an impact and shaping the future in a very small way that has a bigger impact.

Welcome to Karen Blixen Museum – Nairobi.


Good Deed: Think Like A CEO


The Month of November was made magical by the sermons I heard at church. It was as if the pastors used a set of binoculars to scan through the crowd in church, then focus on me, and then tuned into what I needed to hear the most.

At Daystar Christian Centre, every month we explore the scriptures based on themes, or series. These series are broken down every week, on Wednesdays and Sundays, and in November we tackled 'Think Like a CEO'. The had pastor, Pastor Sam Adeyemi, usually takes the lead, while other pastors also share the word.

I was really touched by this month's sermons, so much so that I shared some keypoints on Instagram and even Twitter. One of my cousins took note, and asked if I could buy him the CD of the whole series. I replied, "why not?" and told him I would. Little did I know I how much trouble it would cost.

Getting a copy of the CD proved a herculean task, because I had to go back to the stores four times before I could finally get one. I even went there twice during working hours.

I will be dropping it off with his mum so she can 'ship' it to him soonest. I already sent him a picture of the CD in my hand, and he can't wait to have it.
Putting a smile on his face and helping him get access to the messages was worth it.
#GoodDeedDone

Bahngleisgossenhamlet

‚Schlechte Werbung! Jetzt wollt ich mir mal den neuen Zug ansehen …‘, so steigt er die Treppe des ICE herunter. Hinter ihm die Schaffnerin, die so ganz und gar nicht amüsiert schien, ihn zum Verlassen des Zugs auffordern zu müssen. ‚Schlechchte Werrbung!‘ intoniert er erneut unter seinem grauem Moustache. Als ob das hier ein Theaterstück … „Bahngleisgossenhamlet“ weiterlesen

Summary of the week from 04.12.2017

True Iron Bloggers:

Adedayo Adeniyi (@daydah) in {‘Decades’: ‘Chunks of Time’} :
David Opati Aswani (@susumunyu) :
Christine Graf (@christinegraf) :
Hagen Graf (@hagengraf) :
David M.Wampamba (@idesignwebs) :
Dick Olsson (@dickolsson) :
Lena Roohnikan (@lerooco) :
Isa Schulz (@murgeys) :

The lazy ones:

Eliminated because of excessive debt:

Cash register:

this week: 5 €
total: 135 €
payed: 0 €
spend: 0 €

Debts:

  • David M.Wampamba – 25 € or 5 good deeds
  • Harry Tilley (@tilleyharry) – 25 € or 5 good deeds
  • Adedayo Adeniyi (@daydah) – 20 € or 4 good deed
  • David Opati Aswani (@susumunyu) -20€ or 4 good deeds
  • Lena Roohnikan (@lerooco) – 20€ or 4 good deeds
  • Hagen Graf (@hagengraf) – 15 € or 3 good deeds
  • Christine Graf (@christinegraf) – 5 € or 1 good deed
  • Dick Olsson – 5€ or 1 good deed

Previously retired (all debts paid – can come back for free):

  • Juergen Rinck (since 26.06.2016)
  • Daniel Roohnikan (since 17.04.2017)

Previously retired (must pay 30 € for the re-entry):

  • Joeri Poesen (@jpoesen)  (since 10.07.2017)
  • Osbert Mwijukye (since 03.04.2017)
  • Moein Rezaei (since 26.06.2017)
  • Jonathan Rukundo (since 13.03.2017)
  • Shedy Serem (since 16.01.2017)
  • Manfred Gosch (@1aolivenoel) (since 23.10.2017)

The clash of two worlds – kitties and Wall Street brokers

This has certainly been a crazy week in the cryptocurrency landscape. I keep writing about this topic, because it truly fascinates me. For years, this crypto thing has been looked at with pessimism, laughed at, and misunderstood. Cryptocurrencies are still misunderstood, but now suddenly both aspiring digital cat owners and Wall Street brokers alike, wants … Continue reading The clash of two worlds – kitties and Wall Street brokers

Wieviel Erde braucht der Mensch?

Vor ein paar Wochen hab ich die gleichnamige Kurzgeschichte von Leo Tolstoi gelesen und seitdem geht mir die Frage, die in diesem Titel steckt, nicht mehr aus dem Sinn. Die Geschichte erzählt von einem Bauern, der zwar ein mühseliges Leben führt, aber eigentlich sein Auskommen hat. Er belauscht heimlich ein Gespräch zwischen seiner Frau und ...

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This is not a blog post

I’ve been writing a blog post every week for almost a year and at some point the engine is running out. This week, it’s come to the point where I had absolutely no idea or inspiration about what I could write about in a matter of a few hours. There are a lot of things…

Sicherheit

Unsicherheit bedeutet für mich, nicht zu wissen, was kommt. Nicht zu wissen, ob etwas jemals eintreffen wird, was es überhaupt ist, auf das ich warte und ob sich das Warten lohnt. Unsicher fühle ich mich, wenn ich auf eine Entscheidung warten muss, die ich nicht selbst treffen oder beeinflussen kann.

Sicherheit bedeutet für mich, mich auszukennen. Die Situation oder eine Person einschätzen zu können. Zu wissen, dass etwas ein Ende hat oder ich darauf vertrauen kann, dass etwas geschieht. Es ist ein Grundgefühl, dass Dinge aus einem bestimmten Grund passieren oder meine Entscheidungen auf lange Sicht Sinn ergeben.

Mit einem Gefühl der Unsicherheit in mir werde ich ungeduldig, dünnhäutig und überinterpretiere vieles. Dann mag ich mich selbst nicht leiden in manchen Momenten, ärgere mich über mein Verhalten, bereue Dinge, die ich gesagt oder getan habe und mache mir zu viele Gedanken darüber, wie ich nach außen wirke.

Wenn ich mich sicher fühle, kann ich mich entspannen. Dann kann ich vieles aushalten, was ich nicht für möglich gehalten hätte. Dann kann ich warten, so lange wie es sein muss. Ich kann mich dann auf mich selbst stützen und brauche nur wenig Zuspruch von außen. Wenn in mir Sicherheit ist, strahle ich diese nach außen aus und kann sie an andere weitergeben.

Warum kann ich mit Unsicherheit nicht gut umgehen und sehne mich nach Sicherheit? Dass ich Sicherheit der Unsicherheit vorziehe, überrascht mich nicht, aber es überrascht mich, was die Unsicherheit mit mir macht. Kann ich daran etwas ändern?

Ich möchte auch in einer unsicheren Situation entspannt sein können. Weniger zweifeln und geduldiger sein. Die Unsicherheit akzeptieren, sie annehmen und etwas aus ihr machen. Keine Angst davor haben, sondern sie vielleicht ein Stück weit schätzen zu wissen.

 

How to develop web applications. Prerequisites

Allow me start by apologizing for missing to post in the previous week. Without further a do, let me start from where we stopped in part one of the series about learning the modern way of developing web applications.

But who am I and why do I fit to be your tutor this festive season?

I’m an African Ugandan internet student, businessman and trainer. Besides technology, I purposely encourage and guide people through the process of becoming self-aware for mindfulness and peace.

Over the years I have studied and learned about PHP, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, SQL and Content Management Systems which has helped build a skill, career and establish Gagawala Graphics Limited a business offering web hosting, web management and web design in addition to printing and graphics design to people of Uganda both within and in diaspora.

I tut at Hostalite Cyber Academy and part of the core volunteer team at You Inspire You.

What do I need to know before following the series?

  • I wouldn’t say you need much if you’re passionate besides being able to code in HTML, CSS, JavaScript(jQuery) and VueJs, and PHP(OOP).
  • You should also be able to find a web host to practice or alternatively install Lamp(linux) or MAMP(iOS) or WAMP or XAMPP(windows).
  • Ability to install and setup WordPress.
  • Lastly but not least you should be able to read and understand English.

What next?

For now get ready for next part of the series which is Web design vs Web applications development.

In that article I will share my opinion backed by 5 year experience about the differences between web design and web application development. I find this necessary because many people confuse the two.

See you next week.


WordPress Single Sign On … aber wie/but how?

Sorry for the language mix but I thought it’s better to have it in both languages 🙂 Heute habe ich mal keine Lösung, sondern ein Problem. Ich will in WordPress etwas programmieren. Eine Authentifizierung gegenüber einem Altsystem. Today I have no solution, but a problem. I want to program something in WordPress. An authentication to …

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