Lesson for Friday: I am not the only one here that has no idea how to find an address in
As good as Thursday was, that is how frustrating Friday was! It started when the hotel called me at 7:30am to discuss a billing issue from the night I arrived! I was not ready to get up yet! Then, my driver/companion Anthony had to bail out on me because he was called in to work. I was therefore left out on my own to brave
My driver said that an hour wait time was included in my fare of 700 ksh and that for an additional 400 he would take me to my next appt so I let him. Mistake number one was getting in his cab in the first place after the initial fare disagreement; my second mistake was letting him take me to the next appt after not being able to find the first! (I was actually the one in the back seat telling HIM to keep going we hadn’t gone far enough yet!) Stop number two should have only been about a 5 minute drive without traffic, a 15 minute drive with traffic but with this driver it was a 30 minute ride AND after calling the man I had the appt with 6 times, he finally sent someone over to meet us at a petro station so we could follow him to the office!!!!!!!!!! It was at that point that I just told him I would find my own cab back after my meeting. I didn’t care if I had to walk to my meeting after but I was not getting back in HIS cab! Lol
I finished my second appt and walked over to yet another Nakumatt and got a cab there. I finished my last appt and got another cab back to the hotel at about 6:30 and was completely exhausted. At this point, my only option for dinner was the hotel or yet another cab to eat somewhere else. They tell you it is not safe to walk around at night and I was certainly not getting into another cab so I ate in the hotel restaurant. I won’t bore you with the details of the meal itself but suffice it to say that the experience took an hour and a half and I ended up having a pizza!
On a positive note, my meetings all went well; I got the information I needed from each company and have been able to narrow down my choices a bit. I learned a lot about taxis and I was able to chat online with the kids before going to sleep.
Here are some views from my room looking out over part of Nairobi.