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Aiden’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 27 Dec 2007

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

MapArriving in Kenya, i was worried.
Recently I had received an email as 'to be revised' travel by the DFAT as there are currently elections for the presidency. I had organised a hostel pick-up at the airport as a safe guard.... A sign reading 'Adon Yon' greeted me at the international airport at 0445 in the morning... I put 2 and 2 together.
It was a good break, cause I had nothing planned. I organised the bus to Arusha, Tanzania for myself, Jimmy and Tony then sat sown at 'Restaurant Blue' and enjoyed the very unthreatening Kenya trip. The people in Kenya seemed, free and easy with lots of smiles everywhere.
Whats the problem?

NEXT DAY - Election Day.

Nairobi was the most tense place i have been. Every second person was showing us there fingers - when the people vote they are fingerprinted and the ink doesnt come off for a week.. which ensures no double voting.The city centre which usually would teeming with people was completely deserted. Only a few scattered people and a lot of shop security. It was an eerie calm.. like the eye of a hurricane. It almost felt like violence and riots were imminent, and it was only a matter of time. We managed to find a hotel that was open and enjoyed a Kenyan meal with the televisions shining there top stories which of course was the results of the election, like it was the only light in the room.
Once on the bus it was a relief to be on our way, and we enjoyed some of the most beautiful countryside Africa has to offer.
Next stop Tanzania and Mount Kilimanjaro.