The Place of Cool Waters

Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya.  The name comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nyirobi, which translates to “the place of cool waters” but it is locally known as the “Green City in the Sun.”  Founded in 1899 as a simple rail depot on the railway linking Mombasa to Uganda, the town quickly grew to become the capital of British East Africa in 1907 and eventually the capital of the Kenyan republic in 1963 and is now home to an estimated population of 3 million.

Things about Kenya

  • They use shillings.
  • If you haven’t got diarrhoea, you’re not eating enough.
  • Potholes are covered over with grass.  And there are a lot of them.  Get a car with good suspension.
  • If your car breaks down put a branch twenty feet behind you in the road (not many cars have fully working lights).
  • Hire Maasai as security guards because they’re allowed to bring their own knives.
  • You can never get too many people in a matatu.

This is a building in downtown Nairobi.  I was told by ex pats that its called the toilet roll building.  It’s more formally known as the Nation Center, headquarters of the Nation Media Group.