I arrived in Kenya about a week ago filled with excitement to be back in the motherland but also extremely tired after the long 18 hour journey. As much as I enjoy travelling, long flights are definitely not my thing. Since there is no direct flight to Nairobi, I flew from Mississauga to Switzerland, had a two hour lay over, then travelled from Switzerland to Nairobi. Luckily I was able to travel with my friend and fellow intern Erin. Having a travel partner is definitely key when taking such long journeys.
Upon arrival, the staff at Aga Khan University Hospital had already arranged for a driver to pick me up and take me to their guest/intern housing so everything went pretty smoothly. Furthermore, they gave me breakfast and lunch vouchers for their cafeteria and arranged for a cook to bring me dinner daily for the first week. I could get used to this life 🙂
Since we arrived on a Thursday I had a few days free to rest, unpack and familiarize myself with the area before work began on Monday. I took this opportunity to hang out with the other Western Heads East interns who will be interning at JKUAT since they were also in Nairobi for the weekend. Rayyaan, who actually lives in Kenya was our tour guide for the weekend. We went for lunch at The Village Market then later met a couple of his friends who took us out to get a glimpse of Nairobi nightlife. I must admit I cannot keep up with Nairobi parties just yet, in Canada a typical night out starts at 9pm and by 2am I am already tucked in bed. Here the night starts at 11pm and ends with breakfast at 6am! I dont know how people do it, by 3 I was already on my cab home lol.
Overall my first week in Nairobi was awesome! The weather was perfect, the food here is to die for, the people are amazing and the staff at Aga Khan are super hospitable and friendly. I cant wait to see how the next 3 months unfold 🙂