I finally ventured out of my guest house cocoon this past weekend (3/13-3/14) into the unknown districts across Nairobi. Soon after arriving in Kenya I discovered a facebook group of expats living in Nairobi. This past weekend was the first opportunity I had to join in some of their social events.
Jack, ALARM's logistician and driver, dropped me off at Westgate mall in the Westlands to meet the NES group for coffee at Artcaffè, it was a bit like being dropped off at the mall by my dad. I intended to call a taxi to pick me up, but my Kenyan colleagues despair what might happen to them if something happens to me. They fear what my dad would do to them if I were to wander aimlessly in Nairobi lost. Clearly, they have not met my father, who is not an intimidating force (except of course on the witness stand I'm sure or to opposing attorneys who have called him "the biggest baddest boy in Texas," which does not crack my mother and I up in the least...). Conversation and coffee was good, dinner and drinks after were even better. I went with a few of the guys from the event to dinner at the Black Diamond followed by people watching and fun at Havana and Casablanca. "Mosquitoes," the nickname for maurading women at these clubs, were out in force and I had quite a bit of fun playing Pro or No throughout the evening.
Despite a relatively late night I made it to brunch the next morning, got to know some more NES people, and then a friend and I drove around the different neighborhoods of Nairobi. We started at the National Museum (knocking #4 off The List) and walked through the gardens and admired the art.