It’s been a way long time since I last posted! Sorry, sorry. It’s been really busy at work lately so the last thing I want to do when I get home is sort through my photos and write. So these photos are quite old, but still worth the update!
Since we’ve been in Nairobi, Mike and I are always on the hunt for outdoor spaces to go on walks. We really miss walking around and while we have Karura Forest, we wanted to explore the Arboretum which is not far from us. I had heard mixed reviews; people said it was actually quite busy and not very peaceful at all because of singing church groups (huh?). But really how bad could it be?
You can get to the Arboretum off State House ride and then make a turn on Arboretum Drive. There’s a small parking lot where you pay a small fee. It’s free to walk in though. There’s a paved path when you enter, but pretty soon it’s just dirt paths. There are large fields scattered around and it’s less of an arboretum and more of a green public space. Wow, but we were unprepared for what we experienced!! It was actually super crowded, and sure enough, tons of church groups. Mostly, they were doing team building activities–lots of holding hands in circles. There was preaching, singing, jumping up and down, games, anything you could think of. And the groups were literally all next to each other so you almost felt like you were at a very crowded church camp. It was actually quite cool to see, but definitely not our idea of a peaceful garden walk. Pretty chaotic. Since there were so many groups, it was actually quite loud with all the singing and yelling in teams.
To escape the crowds, Mike and I tried to take the side paths around the park. When we came upon this little guy!
I had never seen a chameleon in real life before. It’s feet were the coolest. Of course Mike had to pick it up and take a look. It didn’t really flinch at all and just kind of settled on to his arm. We’re glad we went to check out the arboretum, but honestly, I’d probably stick to Karura Forest if I’m looking a nice quiet place to walk around. =)