Month: October 2016

Hell's Gate Kenya

Back to Hell’s Gate

The first time we went to Hell’s Gate we hiked the Central Tower Gorge, the most adventurous part of the gorge. It took about two hours and was awesome. However, we didn’t have time or energy to do much of the main gorge, Ol Njorowa. This time, we hit that main part. We knew it would take four hours, much longer than the Central Tower Gorge, but that it would be easier. We also knew to take a guide with us. Even though the hike was easier, we figured there might be some tricky parts, and indeed there were. Getting into the gorge is tricky as is the first kilometer or so of it. Then there are stretches of easy hiking. There are also some areas that requires some finesse, for example the aptly named Point of No Return. Having the guide was essential, especially since we hit an area that we couldn’t pass so we had to take a detour. The guide was also able to tell us a lot about the gorge. We learned …

Chui Lodge Part Two

The first time we did a hike at Hell’s Gate we stayed at the Chui Lodge. It was amazing. We decided to stay there again on second hike at Hell’s Gate. Sadly, I must report that Chui has gone downhill, and in only six months. Chui is a luxury lodge and the price is reflective of that. When we went before, you got your money’s worth. You were pampered, the grounds were amazing, the service was excellent, the food was excellent, and there were all these little touches that really made the experience special. Things have changed. The price is the same, but it no longer is inclusive of drinks. The grounds are still amazing. The rooms are still great. But a lot of the little things are missing, for example there are no longer fresh flowers in the room and the hairdryer didn’t work. Also, they got bills mixed up when it was time to check out (there are only eight rooms). Another weird thing, they ran out of bottled water. We asked for …

I Wore Pants Today

I went out to meet up with a friend several weeks ago. (Actually, this was to go check out the Michael Soi art show.) My usual driver couldn’t take me, so he had a colleague drive me there. I had driven with this person before and knew him. He’s seen me plenty of times. When I got into his car, he looked at me and exclaimed, “You look beautiful!” What a lovely compliment! I thanked him. Sadly, then, the moment was ruined. “You’re usually kind of messy and in jeans or shorts,” he added. Granted, this guy was young and didn’t know better. He didn’t realize that he just turned the compliment into an insult. He meant well. I replied that he should have stopped at, “you look beautiful.” Then I laughed it off. He was right after all. I work from home. I do leave the house. I don’t hang out in yoga pants all day. I shower daily, with soap and everything. I make sure I’m presentable. But, most of the times that driver has seen …

Courtyard at The Hub Karen

A Day At The Hub

We spent a Sunday exploring The Hub in Karen a few weeks ago. Yes, it’s just a mall. No, a mall in itself is not exciting. However, it was still a nice outing. For starters, it was a really nice day to be out and about. The mall is very open so you get to spend some time outside if not in the great outdoors. Also, in Nairobi, you don’t get to walk around much. We really miss that. In New York, we walked everywhere. Now, it’s all driving. Being about to walk around felt like a treat. The other nice part was Carrefour. We majorly stocked up. We ran into a colleague of J.’s and she, looking at our cart, asked if we were preparing for the apocalypse. She’s new to Nairobi. She’ll learn to hoard soon enough. That said, we might have overstocked. Scratch that. There is no such thing! We’ll be good for a while. Given that we live on the opposite side of town and don’t head down to Karen much, …