The other day I had an interesting conversation with a lady about her experience in Nairobi. She happened to be on transit in Nairobi for 36 hours and so she narrated to me how her short visit unfolded. It was her first time in an African continent and she wished to experience the city in the same way the locals did. She then goes on to mention how friendly my brothers were to her. By brothers she is referring to the Kenyan men that were of aid to her during her trip to Nairobi.
Up until now I’m still unsure how I felt about the conversation. Her experience is one that nurtures stereotypes you know the one side of Nairobi shown (as a dirty and backward place). Her description of Jommo Kenyatta International Airport was so painful and yet I tend to think it’s a better airport than London Gatwick but then again I may be biased.
However who am I to tell her , that her experience in Kenya is invalid. Human beings have different experiences and I can only share my account but not truly represent the thoughts of all. Therefore without any further a do I present to you the 7 things I miss most about Nairobi.
1. Ugali and mayai! 😭 This has to be number one on my list because food is everything. I could eat ugali and mayai fry every day. Trust me! The combo is deadly,( Ugali is a Kenyan dish made from maize flour and mayai is egg)If you have not tried it yet, thank me later!
2. The Java Red velvet Cake. Nimetafuta kote , nimezunguka kote. I have tried the cake in various cafes. Cafe Nero tries to do a decent job at it but even it cannot compete with the Java cake. ( see this free promotion, like and share my stuff so that Java can give me free cake). The Java red velvet cake has the perfect consistency of sweetness and sourness. It has the perfect ratio of cake to cream cheese. People need to stop putting sweet icing on red velvet , it is very annoying. 😭 I can crying thinking about it.
3. My family! My rock! my every thing! Even though we keep in touch every day I still miss them dearly. ❤️ Luckily I am the last born meaning that I do not really miss out on watching my siblings grow up. They are all old adults but I still miss them. In fact I’d do anything to hug my mum right about now! Happy early father’s day daddy!
4. Lifestyle ya Nairobi! It is sometimes a bit sad to watch people parents come and pick them up. However in Nairobi I’d get the same treatment. I do not adult much at home, I don’t have to pay bills, cook for myself and even do my own laundry. I never have to worry about overspending or saving for food. I don’t have to buy milk and tomotaes for myself. It’s just a wow! ❤️
5. Sundays in Nairobi, where traffic is a rumour. If you feel me say Hakuna Matata!
Whether it’s Sunday brunch at Java, a walk with dad around the house or at Nairobi Jaffreys. There’s something so relaxing about Sundays in Nairobi.
6. Familiarity breeds comfort. Am I the only one who gets excited when they announce in kiswhahili on the flight “Mabibi na Mabwana tunakaribia Airpoti ya JKIA , Karibuni Nairobi”. Dear Kenyans please do not laugh at my Kiswahili, i understand that it’s struggling but I promise I will work on it.
7. International Acts. Nairobi has become the new hub of international artists. It seems like every other week there is an international artist performing. Kuddos to events organisers for pulling up their socks. Hopefully now we shall begin to support local artists too. Imagine I am missing Wiz kid live by just a few days 😭 anywyay I guess I’m saving my coins though hehe.
Photography by Dan Isaaka . Instagram- danisaaka
Music- Billy Black- Sundays in Nairobi. Mayonde- Nairobi ft Stonee Jiwe