Destination Kenya

Some opportunities open up when you least expect them. My trip to Kenya can be considered as one of those opportunities. With the Ebola virus being in the news, not everyone was thrilled about my official trip.But with a shot of yellow fever vaccination and polio drops, I was all set to land at Nairobi. The unimpressive air Arabia had a stop over at Sharjah before we continued onwards to Nairobi. An interesting flight nevertheless!

Wake up call early morning

Over Dubai

The desert

Gulf of Aden/ Red sea

The first sight of the continent of Africa


Ethopia?

Nairobi is a city of contrasts. And we got to explore both the affluent  and underprivileged side. We were constantly warned by our cab driver to keep our windows up , to hold onto our cell phones, cameras and bags. The homeless were in and around all the time. The shanties unkept and needed cleaning. It was a contrast to the tall towers with immaculately dressed men and women in their expensive second hand cars from Japan going about their day in the CBD. An Indian would feel at home here. The only striking difference would be the traffic manners of the Kenyan. The grid locked city during peak hours behaves like a gentleman without honking or breaking any rules. Such a refreshing change.

We called the Sarova Panafric as our home at Nairobi. This hotel seem like one of the hotels /motels straight out of the 60's movies. A comfortable centrally located hotel with very few options for the vegetarians. But they more than made it up with their elaborate breakfast. Their buffet included Indian breakfast like uttappam, vada, sambar, poha, puri and believe it or not amazing breakfast.Of course I did try their local vegetarian cuisine which mostly comprised of steamed roots,plantain, greens, beans and vegetables.

Indians drive the business out there and one can come across quite a few of them. They also have exclusive Indian malls like any other place where one can purchase everything Indian.  The locals are friendly and nice.
 If I ever return to this country , it would be to experience Masai Mara.

Date : November 2014
Place : Nairobi, Kenya

Tip : Visit Kenya
First : African continent
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