It is September Fifteenth and Nairobi smells of burning: a campfire, burning tires and that special smell a painted board has when it is set on fire. Most of the city is a slum, t like slums in the U.S., or at least t the ones I have seen. This slum is entirely constructed of eight by eight houses made of mud with tin roofs, where families of six sleep on the ground. Anthony went to Kenya to escape America, what he found there would change his life for ever. Houses of Clay is a travel journal and a memoir, of Tony's time in the US Peace Corps in Kenya during 2005 thru 2007. It provides a very descriptive and unabashed look at the trials of a liberal anarchist dealing with high level government bureaucracy, while adjusting to living in and becoming a member of the communities around him.
Anthony Deland is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Kenya. He lives in Portland, Oregon, and recently graduated with his Master of Arts in Teaching focusing on Art education. His love for travel and education were solidified in Kenya and he plans to work internationally in educational development. This is his first published work with more to come.