A friend of mine told me it was the heaviest rain for 2 years! These two photos are from the supermarket along the street from my flat, which is where I was when the rain started. It wasn't getting any lighter so I decided I would just run home rather than wait for it to stop. It took me no more than 2 minutes to get home but I was totally soaked through and the final run up the lane to my building was completely flooded. Ahhhh, it felt like home!
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Tuesday, 22 December 2009
This is an enormous monument in Central Park, just across the road from the cathedral you can almost see in the photo above. Again, my photography skills don't do it justice (I think I need to hire a professional...), the bit poking out the top is a fist holding a torch (?) and it's an impressively bold statement of Kenyan independence.
Finally, these are some photos of the National Museum which sits in the botanic gardens. I seem to be saying it a lot in this post, but it's such a beautiful place! Like the University, they are a wee spot of calm in the middle of the city. The museum is fascinating and definitely worth a visit if you're in Nairobi, and the garden is lovely too- my Mum will love it!
It's hard to believe when you're standing at this spot that you're so close to the city centre and a constant mass of traffic jams!
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic New Year! Lots of love xxx.
Thursday, 3 December 2009
On the first evening there was a cocktail party and fashion show hosted by Naomi Campbell, which to be honest was a little bizarre after a day of talking about maternal health and mortality. Really, there’s nothing that sums up a day of postpartum haemorrhage, fistula, and infection like a supermodel sashaying up a catwalk! Oooh I don’t want to be cynical because I’m sure the presence of Ms Campbell created some excellent, much needed, and well deserved press coverage for the AGM, and an (equally bizarre) auction of one of the dresses raised $10,000 for the WRA, and to be honest it was fun, which I think all those people working in maternal health, many of whom had travelled huge distances to be there, more than deserved. I just wondered if I was still high from all the fumes from my wacky races bus journey, there’s a possibility it was one long hallucination.
I was massively impressed by the way the WRA had put the event together, facilitating such fascinating networking and discussions. I hope I can do more with them during my research or at other points in the future. I also hope I can visit Dar again, because it was the most hectic visit ever, and I would love to see more of it as well as other parts of Tanzania.
Sunday, 29 November 2009
At the moment though I'm in Nairobi, learning Kiswahili and Somali and hooking up with just a small fraction of the phenomenal number of NGOs based here. The number of local, national and international NGOs in Nairobi is pretty overwhelming. One of the first things my taxi driver said to me, before I told him anything about why I was in Kenya was, 'so which NGO do you work for?' Cannae really imagine your average cabbie in Edinburgh asking that! Then again, maybe I have some sort of NGO look about me...