On Saturday, the day after I arrived in Nairobi I woke up after a good night’s sleep. I had breakfast which was pancakes, bananas and coffee (which tasted more like tea than anything else, but it didn’t matter because the pancakes were delicious). I had my mind set on doing Nairobi and the Masaai market. The plan was originally to book a guided tour with the hostel so that I wouldn’t go alone but they told me that I would be fine. So, I decided that was what I would do.
I started walking down the street from the hostel. I felt really insecure and had no idea what to expect. But the neighborhood where my hostel is located turned out to be pretty calm and I soon found myself rather comfortable as I walked down the street. However, as I approached the city centre everything got slightly more hectic. I tried to enjoy the surroundings but my mind was too preoccupied with keeping my guard up. A few people came up to talk to me as I came closer to the market, they shook my hand and I made sure to keep the left hand on my purse.
And this is pretty much how my day went on, I was so sure that I was going to get robbed at some point but it never happened. I also though that I would feel really insecure walking around alone especially because I’m a woman but I didn’t. I kept my guard up all the time though and probably will continue to do as travel through Africa. I also though I was going to get really enjoyed by all the people coming up to me but some of the encounters actually turned out to be rather nice conversations.
So, o sum up the day:
– I got 4 business cards from people who wanted to sell Safari tours.
– I din’t get robbed
– I was only asked if I was married once.
– I was only called ’mzungo’ (someone with white skin) once (I can can tell you know that this was the only time for my whole stay in Nairobi)
– The city is not as chaotic as i thought it would be.
– I felt really safe wandering around the city alone (however, I will probably continue to keep my guard up, just in case).