My first glimpse into Africa-Nairobi, Kenya

View of Nairobi, Kenya

What comes to mind when you think of Africa?  Perhaps you may think of unforgettable sunsets, arid landscapes, or exotic wildlife.  But do you ever think of a major city?  Nairobi, Kenya was the first stop on my adventure of a lifetime.  To be quite honest, I did not know what to expect.

My plane landed in the mid-afternoon.  Oddly enough, I felt pretty amazing after my 15-hour flight to Dubai, 10-hour layover in Dubai, and 6-hour flight to Nairobi.  After a long wait through customs and baggage, I took a taxi to my hotel in the city center.

Streets of Nairobi

The taxi driver was quite pleasant and made sure to take all possible shortcuts.  Supposedly traffic is horrendous in Nairobi and I was lucky to arrive on a weekend to avoid the traffic during the weekdays.  He even made a stop near a viewpoint for a view of the city center.  I was quite shocked to the cosmopolitan feel of the city.

The next day I made my way to the city center in search of an umbrella.  My water-proof jacket decided to part ways with me (lost in baggage land) and I was on a mission to find an alternative.

The walk to the city center was quite eerie. It was 8:00 A.M. on a Sunday morning and no living soul was in sight.  But I kept walking and sweating somewhat profusely.  Tall skyscrapers and monuments surrounded me.

City Hall

While walking through the city center, I noticed that there were many parks and open spaces throughout the city. The city has dense tree-cover and plenty of green spaces. One of the most famous parks in Nairobi is Uhuru Park.

People dressed quite sharply.  Men in suits.  Women in colorful dresses.

After walking around the city center for what seemed like an eternity (it was only 2 hours), I finally found a supermarket and bought the umbrella-the umbrella that started my journey through the streets of Nairobi.


About Jan

In 2004 and 2010, I set aside time to travel the world in 3 parts. In 2004, I traveled to Thailand, Europe, and Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. In 2010, I traveled to 3 continents: Asia, South America, and Africa. I am not sure if I have a fascination with the number 3, but I seem to be constantly traveling by numbers.
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One Response to My first glimpse into Africa-Nairobi, Kenya

  1. tara says:

    this looks SO much better than the library where I am. Nairobi looks like DC on your blog… (Yes i realize those are NOT cherry blossom trees.)

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