This Nairobi, Kenya recap is long overdue because I had so many pictures from our two weeks in country that it was important to sort and group them first. The first two days in Kenya we spent in Nairobi at a guest house close to the airport.
Our guide and friend met us at the airport late into the night and got us checked in so we could rest up. The hotel was quiet and the area so dark I could hardly tell you what things looked like outside. Before leaving us, we made plans to meet for breakfast the next day. By the time our friend called it was well into the afternoon. We had slept passed breakfast and was able to sleep through lunch. When we got the call it felt as though we’d just closed our eyes. I guess after the long flight we were more exhausted than we knew.
We needed that call though. After getting it, we got up, got dressed and snapped these pictures of our room while waiting for our guide. The room had a private balcony with a super cute glass paned door that required a skelton key to open. There was mesh canopy surrounding the bed to keep the mosquitos at bay. Suprisingly there weren’t many mosquitos around during our time in Kenya. I did get bit a few times but nothing like I expected.
From the balcony we were to get our first glimpse of Nairobi. The was our first time in “Cradle of Civilization” so we paused just to breathe it all in for just a few intimate moments that first morning in Africa.
Germaine and I stood together ready to take on a new adventure together and create some amazing memories while we were here.
We spent the rest of the afternoon checking out Nairobi with friends. I didn’t know what to expect, but what we experienced while here far exceeded my expectations. The first two days in country before heading to our resort, we were able to live like locals and experience the sights, sounds and aliveness of the city.
We drove and walked everywhere and even ate lunch at the Westgate Mall in Kenya, where the attacks took place in 2013. We drove down by the Embassy where the bombings happened in 1998.
We had every reason to be fearful about things we’d seen on television over the years, but it was just the opposite. I felt so at home. I felt like I belonged. Everywhere I looked I saw amazing Africans that looked like me and my relatives. — EVERYWHERE I LOOKED!
Many parts of Nairobi weren’t dressed up and pretty like Manhattan, but the city was bustling and reminded me of some parts of New York back in the 80’s before it became what it is today. In fact, a lot of Nairobi reminded me of growing up in the Bronx during the late 80’s, early 90’s especially the people selling something everywhere you looked.
When I get time I will sort through the next leg of our trip and share more soon. Click on the image below to subscribe and be notified when my next post is published.