Nairobi: tusker beer, baby elephants, and the secret to running as fast as Kenyans


Nairobi is the bustling capital of Kenya, home to some 3+ million people (including a slum that houses 600,000 people). We spent three days of our trip here, exploring the city streets, poking in and out of shops, enjoying coffee (fact: coffee and tea are two of their largest exports) and Tusker (local) Beer.
We spent one morning at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trusts’ Orphans’ Project – and orphanage for baby elephants. These little guys were too cute for words.
We went to the top of the second tallest building in the city, the Kenya International Conference Center (at 27 stories high), and soaked up 360* views of the city from the helepad on the roof.
I thought about you guys a bunch when we visited Nairobi’s Athletics Museum.
Despite Kenyan runners dominating the running world since their first gold in the ’68 Olympics, the museum was really bleak. Being from America – where we practically build shrines to idealize our professional athletes, I was saddened to see all that highlighted their amazing talent, was this small room.
While reading the few signs they had around the room, I discovered the secret to running as fast as Kenyans.
Run 30km to school everyday.
I loved the unintentional simplicity of this display.

And just like that, it was time to move on to the next phase of our adventure. An overnight, 17hr train ride from Nairobi to the coastal beach town of Mombasa, right on the eastern edge of Kenya touching the Indian Ocean.

Stay tuned for our adventures in Mombasa next!

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Jessica says:

    OMG these pictures are amazing!!! So awesome.

  2. I bet the coffee there is amazing! Lovely pictures.

  3. kaitwatts says:

    Ah-the baby elephants. I want one! The train ride must have been super cool.

  4. Holly KN says:

    I envy your brevity – your ability to capture a sense of the place with just a few photos and words. I think I need lessons. :) Already can’t wait to hear about Mombasa!!!!

  5. Maggie says:

    Aww, those baby elephants are adorable!!

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