|The weather surprised us in Nairobi- much cooler than expected, a comfortable
20 degrees Celsius. The word Nairobi means watering hole in Swahili, which
is ironic because there is no water here; a 7 month drought has dried
out the country. As we walked through the city we saw the muddy trickle
called the Nairobi river. The lack of water depletes the energy supply
(no hydroelectric power), so the government turned off the traffic lights.
This action should have caused instant pandemonium in the largest east
African city (pop 3 million), but city life and traffic seemed normal.
Of course no road rules are the norm. Our own bus jumped the curb and
drove over the dividing island to avoid traffic. Nairobi has a terrible
reputation for crime, so we didn't go out at night. Instead, we tried
ostrich meat on a bed of coagulated blood, described as "pudding" on the
menu. Could a mugging be worse?