Nairobi

Nairobi is chaotic but I love it.

We headed back to Nairobi after our 10 week training to swear in!  We spent a few days in Nairobi where I got a hamburger and ice cream!!!!

We went to a couple of malls and saw some Christmas decorations. I had to remind myself to stop looking up at the Christmas lights while I was walking so I wouldn’t walk into a wall.  Christmas decorations here are very hard to find.

One of the malls we went to was  “American style” with several Americans and Middle Easterns shoppers…I didn’t see a lot of Africans there.  It was an odd feeling being in this fancy place after spending 10 weeks not always having a Western toilet, not always having electricity, and not always having running water.  It was almost like a cultural shock for us all.  I think we all felt a bit guilty indulging ourselves…we basically went from one extreme to the other.

At the mall, I happened to see a teenager boy with cochlear implant (he looked Middle Eastern, the nearest CI centers are in Greece and South Africa).  It was at that moment that I realized how much I missed being around other people with CIs….people who truly understand what it’s like to hear yet be deaf at the same time.

Btw, I saw a box of Nerds at the mall and got all excited until I realized it cost 500 shillings ($5).  Yeah, I love nerds but not enough to spend that much money on it.

The sad thing about Nairobi is you do see street children and they do follow you asking for money.

Nairobi made me miss New York City.  NYC is chaotic but it’s organized chaotic.  Nairobi isn’t exactly organized but that’s what makes it Nairobi!  🙂  Oh, and I’m pretty sure drivers in Kenya don’t care if they run a person over.  Pedestrians don’t appear to have right of way.  🙂

I can’t wait to visit Nairobi again!

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