Jambo from Kenya
Trip Start Sep 14, 2007
11Trip End Oct 13, 2007
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By midday I was ready to explore the city. Nairobi is a relatively small city for a capital - I walked around most of it in one day. It is also quite a modern city, built largely in the last 100 years, and is surprisingly free of pollution
I started my exploration at the National Archives (where else?!?). It houses an interesting museum on African history so seemed a good starting point. From there I found a little cafe for lunch (shamefully Western I'm afraid to say) and then continued to the city square which houses the Parliament building and the Kenyatta Conference Centre. I paid a guard to take me up to the top of the conference centre, where there are supposed to be great views of the city. She took me up the 30 floors to the helipad and I wasn't disappointed.
Afterwards I found a fantastic arts and crafts market, which took all of my willpower not to buy anything (time for shopping later) and then wandered around some more of the city's streets and gardens, taking in the city mosque and the Thorn Tree Cafe (inspiration for the Lonely Planet's Thorn Tree forum).
The Kenyans have so far lived up to their friendly reputation - everyone smiles and welcomes you to their country. I got chatting to one man in the street, a teacher at the University, who told me he had read lots of books from an Oxford Press. He was very excited when I told him I work there!
But apparently it is not too safe to walk around Nairobi after 7pm (especially for a single white female) so I am going back to the hotel shortly for my complimentary dinner and some relaxation. Orientation begins tomorrow morning...