Chaos continued as I got to the heart of the city. Nairobi is one big mixture of rich and poor, beauty and slum. There are children sitting on the streets, sniffing glue while prominent businessmen in expensive suits are passing by. There are tall, beautiful glass buildings and exotic trees just down the street from where garbage is piling up, and tin shacks have been put up to house some of the 4 million people living in Nairobi.
Everywhere I went, chaos seemed to rule. Not the kind of chaos caused by people running around in a hurry, on the contrary, the pace in Nairobi is very laid back, but chaos, because we from the North are very reliant on things to go smooth and fast, and in Nairobi that is seldom the case. It wasn’t the case either when we tried to get ready for the Forum.
The second problem was getting our access cards to the forum, this turned out to be quite the challenge. The level of bureaucracy inside the forum was surprising. You had to go three different places and fill in several forms to get the access card for something you had already paid and registered for at home.
The first impression of the forum as a whole has been lack of organization. No one seems to know anything about what was going on. We were sent back and forth and in the wrong directions because no one was able to tell us anything that lay beyond their specific area of expertise.
The mixture of all kinds of people and buildings make Nairobi a very diverse and exiting city to be in, it’s a city of acceptance and respect for people of other cultures and religions. The Kenyans are very curious and open, and you meet nothing but white smiles from the people you pass, whether they are rich or poor, Kikuyu or Luhya. new-struct/Happenings-and-Projects/2007/KE/ukblog2.htm
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