After settling into the first week in Tanzania, a whirlwind of new sights and information had been thrown in our direction. Not only was there a different way of life here, but the heat inflicted an almost instant production of perpetual sweat. Nevertheless, there were an array of hurdles to overcome but with determination to […]Read More Time To Go 'Home'
Tianna and I arrived in Dar es Salaam in the middle of the night on a Sunday. Immediately walking out of the airport, we felt the humidity and saw a couple people sprawled out across ground. It was dark, so sadly we did not get a clear view of the city but there were immediate […]Read More First Week in Tanzania
A colleague sent me a picture of the panoramic view from atop a high-rise in downtown Nairobi. Unlike the tall, cage-like rail atop the Eiffel Tower or the Empire State Building, the unassuming rail at the top of Kenya’s International Convention Centre sits just above hip-level, with three horizontal rungs below. Parallel to a main […]Read More Where suicide isn’t a common reality
The presence of beggars in Nairobi is very obvious; men, women, and children walking along cars or sitting on the side of the road begging. Often it is people with visible disabilities such as missing limbs or children who are doing the begging. UNICEF estimated in 2012 that there were 250,000 – 300,000 homeless children […]Read More Impacts of the begging industry in Nairobi
My thoughts being plunked into a new world… White sneaks, black boots, muted colours—a few of my favourite things and closet staples—could not be more opposite than the regular streetwear or business attire in Nairobi or most of East Africa. Here, unorthodox, unmuted colour combinations of any abstract pattern are donned with confidence. I find […]Read More White sneaks, black boots, muted colours–
A Jacaranda tree, full of vibrant rich purple blossoms, was the first thing I notice when I woke my first day in Nairobi. I have not seen anything like it before. Especially on a gloomy day after the rain the bright purple is stunning. They seem to be the only trees with life. The rest […]Read More THROUGH THE MEANS OF TREES
“The ‘matatus’ (public transit vehicles) are rowdy, chaotic and disorganized.” These have always been my thoughts about the public transit vehicles in Kenyan cities. I never thought I’d miss the chaos that penetrates deep into the residential areas with the city centre as the focal point. Holding a new transit schedule, confused and overwhelmed, my […]Read More Organized Inaccessibility: The Challenges of the Urban Carless in Abbotsford