For the last two weeks we have been travelling and seeing Nairobi a bit. Our practical training has been going on and we have enjoyed our stay here in Kenya.
First of all we went to Masai Market on Saturday one week ago. Lots and lots of nice stuff you can buy, but the prices are really high unless you know how to bargain. Sometimes they ask you to pay three or four times the price.. So just be rude and suggest something like one third of the price or half. Then on Sunday we went to Karen Blixen museum, Bomas of Kenya and Kazuri. Karen Blixen museum was nice and we got quite a lot out of it because we took a guide to tell us about the rooms. The guide was speaking very quickly and wasn’t very interested in questions but it was quite easy to get the idea. Also the guides in there don’t cost anything but you are expected to give some tip for them. To get in to Karen Blixen museum costs 800Ksh, even tho it says in lonely planet that it is a lot cheaper.
Kazuri is a factory where single mothers go to do pots and beads from ceramics and sell them there and also all over the world. The place is awesome and the work they do is absolutely beautiful!! You can imagine we spend some money in there.. Kazuri means beautiful and small.
After those we went to Bomas of Kenya, which is a place where small African villages as samples from different tribes are. It was quite interesting and our taxi driver walked there with us and could tell us more about the villages. There are no signposts that would tell you much about them, so I think it was good we had George with us there.
On the next week there was a national holiday, Kenyatta day, or hero day as some of them say. We were asked to go to climb up Mt Longonot with a youth group and so we went We left from Nairobi on Wednesday to Naivasha which is supposed to be one hour drive away from Nairobi. Well this time it took about 3 hours in the matatu.. On the next day we woke up early and went to have breakfast, to wait our ride to the mountain. As normal in Africa the ride was a bit over two hours late.. Finally we got to the mountain and it was awesome! I really recommend you to go there as long as you remember you need also warm clothes and that also this park is under Kenyan wildlife service, which means you have to pay the whole 20 dollars when you get there, or if you are under 23 years old, do the student discount letter two weeks earlier! We had some problems with the money things and found out that the boy who booked it for us (and we trusted in) told it was more expensive that it was supposed to be and took the money from us.. It is hard to find people you can trust in money situation here.. So be careful!
After the trip to longonot we found out that the situation in Kenya has got worse and the Al-shabaab has threatened to attack on Nairobi. New news come up every day about the kidnaps, security, corruption, suicide bombings ect. Nothing so big hasn’t happened yet, but the school told us and we also figured that out, that it is not safe for us to be here anymore.. So we are all flying out during this week and the next one, hoping to get back one day. The trip here was nice, but not easy. There are a lot of things that are hard to get used to but you can also get a lot from your time in Kenya. Lets hope the political situation gets better soon, tho I think it might be quite bad for the next year because of this Al-shabaab thing and also the elections that are supposed to be next year.