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hunting in Nairobi
reminds me unaccountably of Surrey,
England. It’s the leaves and flowers (lovely)
sense of complacency and
I’m looking for an
apartment for four months with my friend Jane
while we work on our projects. So I get to do the
thing I love most, nose around other peoples
So many people have offered suggestions.
Before I even arrived in Nairobi, friends were
"Oh try here, my compound might have
something going" or "I know
so-and-so who has a place, I‘ll put you in
It has bought home to me just how
helpful Kenya society is.
I can tell you it’s a blessing
after London - which I love to pieces - but which
has become so big, bureaucratised, and
professionalised that you’re always dealing with
I visit places in Westlands and
Lavington reminds me unaccountably
of Surrey, England.
It’s the leaves and flowers (lovely) and sense
of complacency and
bijou-knick-knacks-shopping-mall (less lovely).
-- [Clockwise from top] Luxury
living: actually the decor appears
distinctly blue, the road home, potted plants
on the terrace and shopping in
the Lavington supermarket.
It’s boom time in Nairobi.
I see lots of apartment blocks, and many of them
And the prices, the prices!
How much for this apartment in
Lavington, how much??
Is everyone living here on the NGO
dollar? I guess so.
the end I plump for Westlands.
just love the vibe here.
Our apartment has parquet
floors and a lovely little veranda.
We’re near our friends
and we’re near the gym.
Today is the day that I finalise the deal.
-- Westlands: I love the vibe here.
can’t wait. I
know me and my friend will be very happy here.
We might even get some work
Really, apart from 'serious'
work I have also been doing some research.
Here are two 'links' I thought
many of you might appreciate:
This is the soundtrack of
African music chosen by the Economist’s
Africa correspondent J.M. Ledgard
This is new digital collection
from the Brooklyn Museum
you read it first at coastweek.com
'96, '97, '98, '99,
'00, '01, '02, '03, '04, '05, '06, '07, '08, '09,
'10, '11, '12.
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