Arriving Kenya and first meeting with Nairobi

Kenya – finally there after counting down for months, weeks, days and hours! I was welcomed by James and Banus at the airport – they had actually been so eager to welcome me that they also were there the day before – but then I was still asleep in my bed in Oslo. It was so nice to see them again!

We started off having breakfast at Banus place and saying hello to his family. Then I delivered all my luggage at the YMCA hotel close to Nairobi town centre and spend the rest of the day walking around with James. I got my visa for Uganda, had a walk around the main streets of the town, and then travelled by matatu to Kibera – the slum area of town. If I had arrived the area for buses and matatus on my own to go somewhere I would have been very stressed! There were cars and people everywhere, and they all wanted you to ride with them! Shouting and banging on the cars, waving aound with numbers for the different routes. When you finally find the right car and get in and its filled up you think: finally, we are leaving. Then they keep pushing in people till its really full!

In Kibera more than half a millin people live there, its overcrowded and there is no sanitation system at all – except for a station we visited which didn’ t really work out as it was supposed to. What surprised me was that all the people living there were really smartly dressed, you could not pick them out on the street and tell they lived in Kibera.

After a trip out of town we had a walk in Uhuru park, a lovely recreation area within the city. It is a popular place for picnincs and for walks, and it´s a nice place to sit down and observe the life of the citizens. After a long travel and a day full of new impressions I had a very good nights sleep – my first night ever in Africa!

About the Author Elin

I´m an Oslo based web publisher with passion for communication, travel and a green lifestyle. When I travel, I prefer to go slow, sustainable, and “live like a local”. Why slow? It is about challenging the cult of speed, and to enjoy the small things in life and to live in the present.

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