1 Night in Nairobi Before a Return to Ghana

Trip Start May 04, 2011
Trip End Feb 20, 2014

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Nairobi airport

Flag of Ghana  , Eastern,
Sunday, February 12, 2012

I said goodbye to Zanzibar after waiting in the very basic airport terminal for a couple of hours. Seems that this is one airport where u don't have to arrive 2 hrs before departure because the check-in processes were quick even tho there were several flights coming and going. The flight included a brilliant view of Mt Kilimanjaro and I was glad the plane was less than half full so I could switch seats to the other side and get a look. Because of the flight connection times, I had to overnight in Nairobi before the onward journey to Accra. I was a bit anxious about staying in Nairobi because of the security threat currently issued and I had thought about switching hotels to one closer to the airport so I didn’t have to taxi into the city centre. But that was all too hard for my brain to cope with while laying on the beach in Nungwi so I thought I’d risk the cheap city hotel.

The taxi service from the airport is actually quite well organised and secure with a booking process inside the terminal (similar to Lima). I arranged with the driver (once I’d determined he wasn’t a serial killer) for him to also collect me in the morning and that way I didn’t have to book another cab ($25 USD each way). The traffic is very congested with people driving along the median strip, but when u get into the actual city it is very well developed and actually a pleasant looking city with skyscrapers and parks .

I never ventured out of the hotel to explore. I was only in town for less than 12 hrs and so didn’t withdraw any local currency. The hotel had a decent restaurant that took USD so I ate there and watched Ghana lose to Zambia in the African Cup of Nations soccer tournament. The Kenyans are not good at soccer, but were going for Ghana so that was quite interesting. I slept averagely in my $60 single room and was back in the taxi to the airport at 7am. My worries about the traffic were non-existent and we were there in less than half hr. I had a really stupid seat that didn’t recline on the plane since I was seated in front of the emergency exit row! Another reason why I must make effort to online check-in and use seatguru.com.

It was good to be back in Accra without any feeling of a time difference. Nairobi is a couple hrs in front which is nothing really. I have the return to work thing fairly well ironed out now and that helps too. Everyone at work is quite amazed at the photo of the Nungwi beach that I posted on facebook. I’ve put it on my phone and enjoy showing anyone to make em envious. Usually the work group here aren’t interested in talking about other people’s breaks, but this time they are interested in mine. Maybe because it was within Africa. Or maybe because I have photos to show. I did cart my travel brochures around with me a lot over the Christmas/NY period so that is probably another reason. They all think that I put way too much effort and planning into my breaks and should just go with the flow a bit more. Funny, cause I think I am relaxed with the planning nowadays (thanks Bri)...imagine if they knew me a few years ago!

RIP Whitney.
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