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Home sweet home

Written on: Sunday September 16th, 2012

A journal entry from: Clea's Kenya

I have arrived in Nairobi, and I have a place to stay! The person who was at my posting last year, Josh, is still here working for the International Commission of Jurists. Luckily for Amita and me, his place has a couple of unrented bedrooms. The house is within easy walking distance of both our works and near a great little shopping complex, which has a vegetable store, a grocery, and a coffee shop, among other amenities. The house itself is in a gated area, with guards, and the house itself is gated. It seems very safe, but I guess we'll see.

 

We got stuck on the red-eye out of London, so we arrived at 6 on Friday morning. Nairobi's airport isn't too big, so we didn't have too much trouble clearing customs and collecting our bags (which took just long enough to come out that I'd really started to worry I'd never see mine again!). Josh was in Uganda at a conference when we arrived, but he kindly arranged for his usual taxi driver (John) to meet us. On the ride into town we ran into the morning rush hour traffic, which slowed things down. Overall, though, traffic wasn't as bad as I'd feared. It was certainly busy, and there are no stoplights, but cars stay in their lanes, there aren't very many motorcycles, and there are quite a few traffic circles. Also, the pedestrians stay on the sides of the roads where there are, if not sidewalks, at least shoulders.

 

Since arriving, we haven't been too adventurous. We've checked out the local shopping area, drunk a lot of masala chai at the coffee shop, and wandered around our neighbourhood. The worst part about it is that the bigger road outside our place is under what looks like interminable construction. It's really dusty and quite unpleasant to walk along, but sadly there are no convenient sidestreets.

 

I've only included pictures of the house so far. I'll try to post some of the neighbourhood fairly soon. 

 

From Laura on Sep 16th, 2012

Looks great Clea!!

From Gail on Sep 16th, 2012

Hi Clea, It is pretty nice. You have the basics and you probably will be out and about (I hope)

From Hasina on Sep 17th, 2012

Bread in a pot! Oh my. Nice digs Clea, glad the place seems safe :)

From Ali on Mar 4th, 2013

Oh, in response to qusneiots: Yes, Lindsay and I both moved up here, she works as a lifeguard at the pool.As for how long I'll stay.. Well, unless I lose my job or there is some kind of family emergency back home, it could be a few years.It seems there are dozens of reporters who come up here, gain a little experience and leave immediately afterwards; it's a revolving door of new grads.I also hear many stories of how tough journalism jobs can be down south, working in cubicles, competing against hundreds of applicants, earning low salaries, etc.) I mean how many journalism jobs provide free housing and a company car for travels?