Nairobi is normally sunny in November, but since the rising temperatures, lately its become cold and rainy during this month. This week, with my wedding coming up, its has been really busy for me trying to get everything in order for the big day. Hagen, Christine and Joerg are visiting and attending the wedding.
While here, they have had a chance to visit the giraffe centre, Kazuri beads, Kitengela glass, Hells Gate, Tigoni Tea Firms, Brackenhurst, Helipad at Kenyatta conference centre and Maasai Market. Bramwel and I have had a great chance of being with them touring around and having meaningful conversation and fun. We have had intelligent discussions trying to understand how different governments are working.
We have shared meals in different places, the habesha – the ethiopian restaurant in Kilimani, Amaika-the traditional restaurant with Luhya foods, Kilimanjaro – The somali owned restaurant known for serving costral food like Pilau and Biryani, on their first day here having dinner at the Java Restaurant at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, and also had to visit other Java Restaurant to just taste their drinks and snacks.
On one morning we went for a walk at the Nairobi arboretum, it was a rainy cold morning but we managed to for a moment to forget about the weather and focus on just nature. On one evening it was dry and sunny. It was just sad to see how people have managed to grab the wetland around the Nairobi river and how the river has been polluted. The park is also not clean and we have signs of big trucks driving into the park, one would wonder what they are looking for.
It was great that we had a car to move around, we avoided the rain but were stuck in traffic many hours. Sad to say that traffic in Nairobi is a common thing and its really difficult to give an estimate in your time of arrival-something that is really different from when you are in switzerland or any other city in Europe. On some days it was sunny and it was nice, on others rain and traffic and we had to overcome.
My friend Bramwell had to drive back to Kisumu to pick his family. He was arrested first for over speeding and had to pay Ksh. 20,000 in fine, and after that was done he got a small accident just 30KM from Kisumu. He hit a cyclist, and had his wind shield smashed and bumper damaged, then he had to take him to hospital to make sure everything is fine with him and he is able to go home. The incident happened at night, and after that he managed to get to his family before midnight.
What makes this week special is that while I was preparing for the wedding, I had time to just enjoy the company of my friends. This was really special. And on the day of my rehearsal, we were all in Limuru preparing for the big day. Joerg was taking picture while Christine and Hagen were getting me through this marriage workshop, on how to be a better husband. I would say everything has gone well because I have survived the first day.
Hagen and Christine has since travelled to Malindi, they flew from Wilson Airport and I hope they are well in Malindi. Bramwell just passed at the house with family and it was good that Jeorg had an opportunity to meet them. We have dinner today at the restaurant just up the road and tomorrow, sightseeing and saying goodbye to Jeorg at 6pm. Hagen has the board game (Bao) and Joerg has the bracelet from Elephant hair. Everybody is happy and the week has ended. Its all sunny in Nairobi again, after a week of playing ‘hide and seek’ with the rain.