One of the best things about life on camp is that we have a full time cook named Kiptum. Kiptum arrives at about 7a.m. every morning, seven days a week. First job is to prepare the tea for breakfast, this is not like the tea in England, in large pots he boils a mixture of about two thirds water with one third milk, to this is added loose tea leaves and a large amount of sugar. The athletes out here love their tea so Kiptum needs to make enough for about 40 cups. After Breakfast a lunch of rice and beans is prepared and then dinner usually of Ugali and cabbage stew or Sukuma Wiki. Kiptum has started a vegetable patch in camp so he doesn't have to buy so much stuff from the market and while he is not preparing our food he tends to this. He also is the general handyman around camp having recently made a nice shoe rack for mine and Edwin's “house”.
Kiptum has lived in the region all his life and his mother still lives a short drive down in the valley on a small shamba (farm).
|Kiptum tending to his vegetables|
Apart from his life on camp, Kiptums main hobby is volleyball in which he is the coach/manager of the local team. Last weekend saw them compete in a competition in Iten where they performed very admirably only losing to the eventual winners.