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Planes, Trains, Buses, and Speed Taxis

Planes, Trains, Buses, and Speed Taxis

In my last article, I discussed riding in a matatu. There are other ways to get around Kenya. There are speed taxis, buses, trains, and planes. Matatus are the cheapest form of transportation, but is also the slowest as they…

Patience: A Required Virtue

The worst thing about Kenya is waiting. Be sure to pack your patience along with a good long book. My first experience with waiting in Kenya was at a bank in Nairobi. I needed to exchange some money. It was…

On Becoming A Minority

As a white woman living in the U.S. I had never had a problem with discrimination, nor had I had the experience of being a minority. I had been to college where the campus was fairly diverse and I had…

Naivasha Day Trip

Naivasha Day Trip

Take a drive from Nairobi to Naivasha via route A104, the Nairobi-Nakuru highway. Just as you leave Nairobi there are vendors lined up on the street selling large woven baskets, big bags of potatoes and carrots. About halfway to Naivasha…

Nairobi Nairobi Nairobi!

Nairobi Nairobi Nairobi!

Nairobi Nairobi Nairobi! Mzungu Nairobi! Chances are if you are not in Nairobi you will hear this phrase as a Kenyan gives his vehicle a slap. If you are not in Nairobi – it is assumed that’s where you want…

Nairobi Hot Spots

Be sure to go to a few discos while you are in Kenya. You’ll find some places with some really great local music and other places that are very gritty. In the cheaper places you may find that a lot…

Riding in a Matatu

Riding in a Matatu

Traveling in Kenya can be an adventure. The most widely used form of transportation is the matatu. Matatus are usually a pickup truck with a cap over the bed. There is a bench on both sides of the truck bed.…

Keeping Safe In Kenya

When traveling to Kenya there are a few things you need to be aware of. Kenya is a patriarchal society. The man comes first and the women come last. Rape is not a crime in Kenya. If a women is…

Drought in Kenya

For the past three years there has been very little rain in Kenya. Kenya has two rainy seasons – the long rains from mid March to May and the short rains from mid October to mid December. Because of the…

Bargaining at the Market

Bargaining at the Market

“Yes, my friend. Step into my shop.” This is the phrase you will hear as you approach a kiosk in Nairobi or in any other marketplace in Kenya. I love buying things in Kenya. It’s a mini-adventure. The prices in…