American tax dollars at work.

Last week we were invited to the US Ambassador to Kenya’s personal residence for a “Reception for Educators.”  The idea was for us to mingle and make connections.  We did some of that, but I will be honest, the main people that we mingled with were the food servers.  I made a point to follow them around so that I could maximize the amount of chicken wings, meat balls, shrimp, fish, and humus I could consume.  The evening felt very 007, so I decided to do a little spying around the residence.  Not gonna lie, nice pad.  Immaculately groomed gardens/lawn, nice gazebos and fountains, beautiful walking trails around the premises, and a swimming pool.  The house itself could have served as a home to an orphanage of children, but I am pretty sure it doesn’t.   The decor was top notch, and the art work and artifacts were impressive.  Great book collection, kind of a weak movie collection.  The beds were extremely fluffy, and the water pressure in the shower was amazing….kidding, didn’t go quite that far.  But it was BY FAR the nicest residence I have ever seen in Kenya, and rivals most top end homes in the States.  

As I followed the food trays around the mingling guests, wiping my hands with the “Official Seal” napkins of the United States it hit me….We paid for this.  Our tax dollars, your tax dollars, made this happen.  Suddenly I felt like it was my food being served, and my immaculately groomed lawn.  So I went for a swim in the fountain.  Kidding, again, but I seriously considered it.  All in all it was a unique experience, and a very nice gesture on behalf of the Ambassador.  Here are some pics…

2 thoughts on “American tax dollars at work.

  1. You’re right! I did help pay for that house. Doesn’t that mean a small section of that pool or maybe the bar is mine? Or maybe I’ll just take the couch! 🙂

  2. This post is classic. I only wish I could have tagged along with Jill. I stayed in the far less luxurious “Milton pad” paid for by the Rosslyn community. Needless to say, our couches are neither fluffy nor comfortable, and we have variable water and electricity service. Definitely not our tax dollars at work. Where does that 40% go, anyway?

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