Africa might not seem like a spontaneous travel destination, but rest assured that in certain parts of this continent, Kenya for example, is, even the last minute no-plans-whatsoever visitors, a place of adventure.
Coming out the gates of Nairobi airport is like coming out to a dying down protest where nobody got what they wanted but still refuse to leave until they saw those who they protested for/against come out of the building. Endless banners held low in hand or propped high on sticks, people and tour company names on them. Make a mistake of scanning the rows out of curiosity but not actually looking for your name scribbled down a piece of cardboard box, and you’ll have a riot on your hands. “Sharon Levi?” “Janica Kvech?” “Mahmud Abdaru?” No? Sure you are not this person? Would you like to be? A quick exit is impossible, nor is a quiet moment to contemplate your next step. It doesn’t matter if you are standing there with your guidebook, in deep conversation with your travel mate, or already walking to your next destination. The determined helpers of Nairobi airport will not abandon you in a foreign country, minutes after you’ve landed.
All this might seem agitating and even aggravating at first, but it is much more productive, healthy, and fun to see it as a buyers market: It is a market day, every day, and everybody here is looking to buy or sell adventure for a bargain.
Born in Ukraine, raised in Israel, and acquiring her higher education in the US, Sarit Reizin is proud to call herself a citizen of the world. However, to stay worthy of the title, she felt a nomadic lifestyle was in order, and in November 2005 left the comforts of the first world with no desire of coming back any time soon. http://HopStopTravel.com
Location: Nairobi, Kenya