Nairobi is such an interesting city. It was founded during the construction of the railway through East Africa. Due to the swampy condition of the place, numerous officials in the colonial government ruled out the possibility of it being a capital city…yet here we are years later! Apart from it being a bustling business metropolis, it’s also rich in wildlife (Nairobi National Park) and birds. Over 600 bird species have been recorded in Nairobi.
Yes peeps! I’ve been officially posting on here for two years. TWO years! It’s been quite a journey. As I mentioned in this post here, this year began on a savage note. Some of the most hurtful words ever said to me in my life came from a close family member. Comments about what I’m passionate about not being a real career. Words that cut so deep that I felt a heaviness in my chest for 3 days straight. True story. But this is also the year of great things…read on to find out.
Hey peeps! I won’t say ‘Happy New Year’ because 2018 is old already. I hope it’s going well for you so far though. These past few weeks have been a roller-coaster of expectations and dashed hopes for me. Seems the year has decided to be savage from the beginning… Anyway, today we explore one of my favourite locations in Nairobi: Karura Forest.
When you mention the Nairobi National Museum, what comes to most people’s minds is the exhibits that give a glance into life in the olden days. But there’s something else that the Museum holds- abundant birdlife. Did you know? There are over 1000 bird species in Kenya, 600 being in Nairobi alone! The Museum is a popular habitat not only for local but also migrant species, which take a break here during the winter before returning to Europe/ Asia. As such, this is one of the favourite locations amongst birders.
Nairobi. The only capital city in the world with a national park right in the middle. Way cool, right? Yet it’s amazing how a good number of Nairobians don’t visit this treasure. And I’m not immune either. In my twenty plus years of living in Kenya, I’ve been to the Park countable times. How embarrassing! I had an amazing time there last year (check out my experience here –>Going wild in the City). A few weeks ago I had an even more exciting time, read on to find out!
I first learnt about Instameets in 2015 and was fascinated. At the time I was just getting into photography and would look for every opportunity to shoot. So when the Worldwide Instameet 16 for Nairobi was announced, I didn’t hesitate to attend. And what an experience it was! You may be wondering what is an Instameet? Possibly many definitions exist but mine is: an event where Instagrammers meet to know each other beyond the screen and for a specific purpose. For photographers that purpose is, well, to shoot. After being away from these meets for 2 years, I was elated to attend one this year.
I haven’t gone for birdwalks in quite a while, life has been chaotic, stressful and ultra busy in the last few weeks. But that’s a story for another post. Today I (virtually) revisit one of my favourite birdwatching locations. Read on to join in the journey… Continue reading “Birding at Paradise Lost”
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I love being out in the wild. But urban spaces can be fun too, if you know how to look. Not primarily where, but how. It requires viewing things from a new perspective. I remember in uni a book called ‘Looking and Seeing’ that explains how to ‘see’ as an architect. Being conscious of what’s in your environment as you take it in visually. It’s a bit hard to understand especially if you’re not a creative…haha. In May I had the opportunity to ‘see’ Nairobi in a different light…read on to join in the discovery. Continue reading “Exploring Nairobi with Google Local Guides”