Wheeling Around Nairobi

Grab shots from the bus

January 2012

 

 

 

 

Street warriors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top up here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High tension lines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adequate supervision

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joy Shop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four towers

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, a Hindu Temple in Nairobi

Read a Wikipedia account of this Temple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dust collectors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Layover

 

 

 

 

 

 

Urban food and lodging

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biological Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distraction for Motorists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hanging out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paradise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best value for money

 

 

 

 

 

Unaffiliated

Langata Cemetery

 

On the way to Giraffe Manor just outside Nairobi, I asked our local guide Maryann for some information about burial customs in Kenya as our bus zipped past a public cemetary. I had recently traveled hundreds of miles north of Nairoi to Mount Kenya and then southwest to Lake Nakuru and the Masai Mara at the border with Tanzania. I had noticed no cemetaries along the way. I assumed that it was desirable to be buried in a public cemetary and have a gravemarker or tombstone. I was surprised by her response. She said the still-strong tradition is for a person, even a city-dweller, to be buried in the rural area from which their family originated. Such funerals are elaborate multi-day events with the immediate family entirely responsible for the transportation, feeding, and lodging of the numerous guests and relatives that travel to attend the funeral. Even though these obligations may place a financial strain on the bereaved, the custom is firmly entrenched. The dead person is buried without a marker. However, the exact site of the grave will be recalled relative to a some nearby feature (a tree, a boulder, etc.) which also serves as a landmark for the numerous other members of the family who are interred there. Thus with every burial, the names and locations of the long-departed are remembered and provide a context into which the body of the recently deceased is placed. She went on to describe the richness of the traditions associated with burial in the rural areas. Then, with a new note of pity in her voice, she stated that people buried in the city cemetery had lost their connections with their relatives and tribal customs. They would have been buried unceremonially and essentially unremembered and unconnected to a community. Looking across the vast weedy graveyard she clearly felt sorry for those buried there who had become unaffiliated and there was no doubt about her personal preference regarding burial traditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Languishing in Langata Cemetery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disconnected

 

 

 

 

 

Burden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subukia View Point

Altitude =2550 meters = 8364 feet above sea level

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Great Rift Valley from Subukia View Point

 

 

 

 

A few shots of the Roadsides of Kenya outside of Nairobi

 

Chicken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everything you need

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uchumi Solutions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tiers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horsepowers

 

more photos by GR Davis