Real, raw Nairobi. What a city. What a place. 

You can probably see a big gap in my blog. That’s because, last month, I had an INCREDIBLE opportunity to travel to Nairobi for one of my Master’s classes (Business Model Innovation at the Base of the Pyramid) and work with an equally incredible organization called, Nairobits. They train vulnerable youth in ICT skills (IT, for all my American friends), and you can read more about what they do, here

These are pictures of where I worked every day, The GoDown Arts Centre. They’re from my phone, very candid, not very planned or always pretty. I couldn’t bring my Canon around here; it would have, quite frankly, been rude. But even though they might not be the most perfect photos of my trip, I wanted to post them first. Because this is real people Nairobi. 

Yes, I have safari pictures. I have animal pictures and hiking pictures and absolutely stunning rift pictures. And I’m going to post them too. But know that image, that is only half of Nairobi. Tourist Nairobi.

Creativity, dust, beans and chapati, sitting in two hours of traffic to go to work, students leaving at 5am every morning for the opportunity to learn, art, opportunity: that is the other half of Nairobi. Human Nairobi. 

Real, raw Nairobi. 

One response to “Nairobi”

  1. […] Nairobi National Park is the only place in the world where you can see animals and distant skyscrapers in the same scene. It’s absolutely, totally incredible. One minute, you’re in the city; next, you’re in a safari jeep, off-roading next to a sleeping lion (yes, we saw a wild LION!). So I’ve since learned that this is not technically a “real” safari as far as safari-ing goes – apparently, people usually spend at least a few days deep in Masai Mara, which is several hours from Nairobi. Still, what an experience! Especially if you’re like us and don’t have a few days to spare; we were, after all, in Nairobi to work.  […]


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