ARRIVING IN NAIROBI

Trip Start Jun 30, 2010
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Flag of Kenya  , Nairobi Area,
Thursday, July 1, 2010

1st July 6, 2010

We reach Nairobi Airport at 19.05 sharp. We are anxious to see if our suitcases have arrived safely. The funny thing is that from the same place where we are supposed to get our luggage, there are two other flights from other destinations and people are piled around the scales to find their belongings.

My anxiety is great, and every now and then I go near the window to see if I can see a piece of paper with my name written on. All I see is unknown faces of black people holding papers with names but I don't see my name anywhere from this distance.

We spend more than an hour waiting for our luggage to come!

We wait and wait until we see the first and after 15 minutes we see the 2nd one coming! We feel relieved. We get a trolley and make our way towards the exit. 

YESss! I see the people who are expecting us. Nicholas holding a paper with my name written in Capitals on !!!..At first they did not recognize me - Nicholas said, because he expected me to be much fatter than what I look in the photos I have on Travelpod.

There is another lady from the Church Society who has come to greet us, and also Jack – Nicholas brother who will be our driver starting from this moment.

Nicholas, the person who has invited us was telling me that the house we are going to stay at, is in the city centre.  I am confused seeing that we take the highway to go to the house, and to our bad luck it is jammed.  There are so many cars in the streets and we decide to take a by-pass instead. 

I don’t know what to expect, but we feel secure in the jeep Jack is driving.  My happiness however did not last long.

The indicator showing the petrol is not working, and suddenly our car stops.  Me and Yianni don’t know what is happening, but we soon find out.  We are out of petrol! We are not to get out of the car we are informed, and I see that Jack –the driver, is holding a big empty bottle and runs off to buy some petrol.  It is late at night, and we are stuck in the middle of a very busy street.  There are some guards by the side of the car, and I do feel scared and a disappointment.  The people in Kenya drive like crazy, and we are only a few minutes here, and we have come up with this incident !!!! I cannot believe in what I see happening from the first few minutes of our arrival.

While we are waiting in the car, Jack is out looking for petrol.   He is back after about 15 minutes which for us seems like hours,  but soon we are off again.

It is very different from how I expected it. First because of the distance, and secondly because I have never been in such heavy traffic where drivers drive like crazy in my whole life! And the roads are terrible!

ARRIVING HOME:

We come home.  Yes the house looks nice and huge. We meet the other brother whose name is Patrick and his wife Catherine, who are welcoming us. They seem to be very open hearted and kind people.

Patrick is the eldest brother and he has 5 children.  Two of the children are in a boarding school, but the other three are already in bed. So, we don’t see them this first evening.  We are given the guest room which is quite comfortable.

I do not demand and I don’t expect any extreme amenities, besides a bed and a bathroom.

The room is spacious, but opposite the bed there is the bathroom without a door in between.  There is no dressing table or a wardrobe to place our clothes in, but instead there are nails on the wall where clothes are to be hanged. There is no mirror, and this does not make me very happy, but for this reason I am here, for this different way of living.  APPRECIATE what you have and what you are given, is the first lesson I get !

I feel as if I am lost the first minutes I am in the room, and I have no intention of getting things out of the suitcase.  Where should I hang everything??? ! I see a line of nails but I cannot imagine myself thinking on hanging clothes on nails. 

Anyway, the bed is fine, we try to get accustomed to what we are given, and try to get some sleep.  It is the first night, and we feel very out of our depth at this moment.

I am anxiously waiting to wake up tomorrow and see what is coming up next……


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kili-kelly
kili-kelly on

Hmm sounds like a bit of culture shock. At least it is a big house and they have a vehicle,that is better than most. It will be quite an experience to remember.

venoth
venoth on

Just go with the flow Popi, anyway this entire trip is for a very noble cause.

charlotte
charlotte on

I wonder if this first impression is what you still thought later, seeing how poor people live can change a lot what you expect and can survive with... that's what I am seeing too

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