Posts Tagged With: Nairobi

Nairobi- Always an Adventure!

The overcrowded streets filled with pedestrians and the almost constant blaring of horns as cars weave tightly in and out of spaces so small it’s amazing they narrowly escape hitting each other. It almost feels like I’m standing in NYC’s Times Square, but the shouts of swahili, the dark black exhaust and the thick, smoggy air bring me back to the city I’m currently in- Nairobi.

Kenya’s capital is a bustling city filled with highrise buildings, shopping centres and people heading off to work in their business suits- a far cry from the vision many people have of Africa. As one of the largest cities in East Africa, Nairobi has lots to offer, but wandering around it’s crowded streets can be an overwhelming and sometimes dangerous experience. However, braving the city sometimes nicknamed ‘Nairobbery’ and fighting through the throngs of people from the matatu station (a matatu is a van like public transportation system that’s cheap and always an adventure-just make sure you have no personal space issues!!) Nairobi leaves you with lots to explore.   Continue reading

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Kissing Giraffes in Kenya

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Eileen at the Giraffe Centre in Langata, Kenya

Standing high on a platform, I am face to face with one of Africa’s most beautiful animals. Staring into her sweet brown eyes, I just want to reach out and touch her and at this centre I’m encouraged to do just that! Continue reading

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It’s good to be back!

It’s been two years since I first boarded a plane to Kenya during 2008’s post election violence. At that point, I had no idea what to expect or what Africa was really like.  But as I began that first journey through Nairobi to the orphanage I was volunteering at, I began to feel more and more at home. That experience was a life changing one and left me wanting more of Africa. So, this time when I boarded that plane, I just couldn’t wait to get back!

The smell hits you as soon as you walk out of the airport, but this time it was a welcoming one. Even getting stuck in Nairobi’s rush hour was a familiar feeling. As we drove to Naivasha, were a few of us are staying, my friend commented on how big my smile was and all I could say was “It’s good to be back!”

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