Lazy in Nairobi

Ok, so maybe I was a little more exhausted than I thought. After taking a walk this morning and stopping for a Fanta, I headed back to my hotel and laid down to read my guide book for Ethiopia. I eventually passed out and slept for 7 hours. I hope I can still get to sleep tonight because tomorrow is another big day.

I feel a bit guilty about coming back on to the internet tonight but Nairobi isn’t the safest place for me to be walking around at night by myself. After this I’ll find a place to eat. I saw a Taco place near my hotel that had the exact same symbol as the one at home but definitely was not Taco Bell.

Just thought i’d add that before I headed out!
There is appaerently a Hooters in Nairobi so maybe I’ll be REALLY adventerous and different and go get some wings and a pitcher of beer then watch some football. There should be some matches on tonight.

UPDATE:

Just wanted to say I had the strangest moment sitting here in the internet cafe. It was all quiet and there is one other guy in here with me aside from the 2 women working the counter. Suddenly the radio turns on and they are blasting country music. Randy Travis “Forever and Ever Amen” to be specific.They were singing along too.

The kid next to me is on myspace music listening to Nickelback songs.

Kenya Dig it?

Yes, corny puns are still allowed while I’m blogging.

Well, I made it. After 20+ hours in airports and to back-to-back 8 hours flights I finally arrived in Nairobi, Kenya last night at about 9pm GMT+3 (which I imagine is about 11am EST give or take) on 1/4.

The flight was as good as I could have expected and I was highly impressed with NWA/KLM. I finally got to watch “The Departed” which was very good. Our route from Amsterdam took us over north Africa. For awhile I went to the back of the airplane and stared out the window. As we passed over parts of southern Sudan you could see large gatherings of some sort of human development as well as herds of animals. It was quite the surreal experience watching The Office and The Simpsons on the airplane while we were flying over Darfur.

Let me just go on the record and say, I was a FREAKING mess when I arrived in Nairobi. The hostel I booked online in advance that was supposed to pick me up wasn’t there, or at least I couldn’t read my name on any sign. Then when I tried to get a taxi it seemed that no one had ever heard of the place and stupid me left the address for the place at home. Fortunately there was a nice girl that helped me out and found me a hotel in the city center. It was a bit more expensive than the one I had booked but I really needed the rest since sleeping on the airplane was impossible.

After falling asleep to some weird Philippine soap opera that was dubbed in English, I woke up at 5:30a to sports news. For anyone interested, Kenya cares about the NBA because there was a news bit on the Heat game last night since Pat Riley took some time off.

So, today is going to be a lazy day. I am probably going to walk around a bit and take in Nairobi since this is my only day here. I am not sure when the next time I will get to a computer will be so check back for updates. I fly to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia tomorrow afternoon.

The Airplane Flies Across the Sky…

Ok, so this is my last post from home. I’m about to head to the airport and should be landing in Africa at 8:20pm Thursday night. I have a 2 hour flight to Detroit then an 8 hour flight to Amsterdam with an hour lay over then another 8 hour flight to Nairobi, Kenya.

Everyone pray that I can fall asleep on the airplane because usually I can’t.

Take care!!

See you on the other side

Goodbye Bed

Tonight is the last night I will be sleeping in my own bed for quite some time. I ate my last home cooked meal. Spaghetti and sausage with loads of romano cheese and garlic bread with a Barq’s root beer. I didn’t get a whole lot of sleep last night so I’m hoping that I can catch up tonight. I’m all packed and ready to go. I can’t believe it is already here.

Just a bit of an eerie coincidence tonight to share with you. I was adding some more songs to my I-Pod and downloaded a bunch of Janis Joplin. I had only previously heard a few of her tunes so I wanted to add some that I hadn’t heard assuming they would be pretty good. Well, in my car her song “Cry Baby” came on. And the lyrics hit close…

And although it may be comfortable here
Sleeping in all your nice bed with all those satin sheets
And all that nice fur, eatin’ all that chicken
Gettin’ stoned, havin’ a good time I have to go and rough it
I have to go to Africa…

How strange is that?