If I was a government/aid organisation and had a budget to save lives in Nairobi, this is what I'd invest in. I might start with handing out high-viz vests to employees of private guarding firms (they are to-ing and fro-ing from their posts at dawn and dusk), then roll out to everyone else because these days I would guess that the majority of employees in Town are leaving home in the dark. I think I'll pop down to Nakumatt and buy a few now
Once I was lambasted for suggesting that the sun in Kenya rises and sets quickly - apparently it was too crude a generalisation and was told that of course there are different kinds of dawn and dusk from region-to-region. I stand corrected, but coming from England where dawn and dusk can drag on for hours, there is a marked difference here. I left the house in pitch darkness this morning, when I arrived at my destination 20 minutes later, it was like someone had flicked up the blind. My husband always says driving at dusk and dawn is dangerous because your eyes (retina) are switching from rods to cones at dawn - he always has the technical answer.
The good thing about getting on the road early is that the dreaded traffic is far better - an hour later and you are looking at the worst kind of gridlock (I saw the School bus with our youngest daugter inside it, inching along at an agonising pace when I was on my way back home). The down side is that it is still dark and because there is less traffic, everyone is driving very fast. Today there was a man wearing a navy fleece, manually pulling a very long and heavy piece of machinery (a tarmac roller?) across both lanes of Ngong Road in what he thought was a suitable gap in traffic. I didn't see him until I was on top of him. It was heart in mouth stuff as I jabbed at the dashboard to find the hazard lights.
When we got to school, my eldest refused to get out of the car. She had the internal light on and was reading her book.
"It's so cold in the pool!" she said, "there's something wrong with the heating at the moment."
I felt awful, but coaxed her out and said. "Well we're here now, you might as well swim."
However, when I got to the pool, I heard the coach say clearly,
"Hurry up, get changed everyone, in you get, the water is very warm!"
I raised an eyebrow at my daughter who was now defiantly reading her book on the poolside stands and refusing to undress.
|Nairobi Fly/Nairobi Eye - commonly found after rains|
|This is not my daughter's burn, but you get the idea..|