The next day, we took a matatu (minibus taxi) to Nairobi and from there we took an UBER
(yes, Uber is finally available again!) to Imara Daima, where we had booked an Airbnb-room.
Our hosts were Irene and her family and they welcomed us very warmly to their home.
We were a bit exhausted from travelling and still a bit weak after our food poisoning, so we were really glad to finally have a nice room, with a nice bed and great wifi for a change!
The first day was spent filling out the visa-forms for India, then we enjoyed the weekend watching Netflix and sleeping and on Monday, we went to a copy shop to print our forms and flight-tickets and on Tuesday, we finally got to go to the embassy of India.
They have a very interesting schedule and visa applications are only accepted from 9.30am to 11.30am.
However, when we got there, the staff told us we needed an appointment, which we had to schedule online first and also, that our pictures weren’t the right size.
Disappointed and annoyed, we went to get the right pictures and then we visited an internet-café, falsely hoping we would be able to schedule an appointment for the same day, but it turned out the waiting list was quite long and the next available date was April the 13th, so almost 2 weeks later.
That was not what we had anticipated, since we still wanted to visit Uganda and Rwanda as well.
Well, there was nothing we could do about it, so we booked the appointment and went back to our apartment.
Even with our changed plans, we (or at least Nici) couldn’t really complain, because we really needed a break from travelling and we ended up spending most of the ten days until our appointment watching Netflix and Nici continued writing her book while René even caught some Pokémon.
On April the 6th however, our friend Sina arrived in Nairobi and we went to pick her up from the airport along with Irene’s sister, who also lives in Switzerland and flew to Kenya for a visit.
Sina stayed with us for three days and we got a break from doing nothing.
On her first day in Nairobi, we all went to town (by train for only 40 KSH, about 0.40 dollars), but pretty soon found out that there’s nothing to do in Nairobi, so we ended up drinking tea in a restaurant and then we went to eat Chinese food.
On Saturday, however, Stanley drove all the way from Namanga to Nairobi and did a game-drive with us through Nairobi National Park
- Sina’s first safari experience :-)
Aaand we all got lucky!
We saw no elephants this time, but lots of water buffalos and even four lions, one crossed the road right in front of us!