Hmm………….how long was I in Nairobi? 4 days, I think (arrived on November 13th, and explored the city until the 17th, before getting on a bus and heading off to Masai Mara).
The city itself was really quite something. The first thing I noticed was the rather high sense of increased security and alertness; there were armed security guards everywhere — shops, hotels, restaurants. When I asked what was going on, I was told that there had been a terrorist attack not too long ago in Nairobi (I recalled reading about it somewhere). As a result, everyone was paranoid about safety.
Anyhoo, touring the city was kinda fun. :=) The weather was exquisite — not too hot, and certainly not humid; it even rained a few times, which I loved :=) Despite the fact that Nairobi was crowded, noisy, and disorganized, it was relatively easy to navigate the city, and find my way around. People were very helpful when I asked for directions; unlike most other cities in the world, the inhabitants of Nairobi actually KNOW their city (lol). In most places I’ve been to, it’s sometimes a challenge to find someone who knows where things are; you stop and ask for directions to so-and-so place, and the only reaction you get is a puzzled look, and a shrug of the shoulders : “I don’t know”. And this from someone who’s lived there their whole life (haha).
Still, that’s neither here nor there. Did I like Nairobi? All in all, yeah. It’s just the kind of hustling, bustling, helter-skelter city you’d expect :=)
Kenya International Conference Center (KICC)
The Nairobi National Museum