I’m FINALLY back in Nairobi and I can’t tell you how happy I am! :):) Ain’t no place like home people, ain’t no place like home.
Don’t get me wrong, Nigeria was amazing. The journey there was smooth, and even though the drive to Canaan Land was the typical Nigerian experience, it was a good time all through. Yes, driving around Lagos is an experience in itself. They hoot every few seconds – non stop I kid you not – and the air is so heavy with diesel fumes that you really can’t breathe! 😥😥 I hate AC but I was grateful for it just this once.
I’ve already told you why I travelled here so I won’t get into it again. This post is all about my thoughts on Nigeria, and maybe even a few survival tips for the faint hearted – which, if you’re not born and bred there, trust me you are.
You have to be “sharp” I was told. Not just smart but constantly on the lookout because someone will hear your foreign accent and target you for a con of some sort. Not to say that they’re bad people – not at all. I met amazingly kind people there, but there are a few to be careful of.
Have a stash of food with you – always. We carried a bunch of things from home including canned beans and butter for bread, and tea bags of course (I can’t go a day without some good Kenyan tea). There was also loots of chocolate, and one of the ladies we were with carried a rice cooker to go full out chef on us lol. This doesn’t mean we didn’t plan to enjoy the local cuisine, because we did. I looved their yam porridge, and the popular Jolof rice and plantains were also really good. But there’s nothing like a taste of home at 1 in the morning when you literally have three hours to sleep before the next session. Absolutely nothing.
Appreciate the cultural differences. It’s a highly contextual culture, so they never just say what they mean. This is SOOOO frustrating for someone like me because I need clear communication, but it works there because Nigerians don’t take no for an answer. They push and push and push, so I was adviced to say no in circles in order to have it respected. Even if it is through gritted teeth lol.
Carry a blanket. And a pillow if you’re a princess like I am lol. But definitely a blanket, and a sweater while you’re at it. It’s not as hot as everyone would like you to belive especially towards the end of the year. They have the Harmattan this time of the year, which makes the weather so chilly I had to look for socks. Which is why half of us left with a cold 😕
My trip back was not nearly as easy. We left Cannan Land at 4am for a 1pm flight because people were paranoid about the traffic and missing our flight. Sucks for us, because we got to the airport at about 5.30am and waited around for a few hours before an Kenya Airways official showed up at about 8am we were informed that our flight had been rescheduled to 11pm 😵😵
Oh the horror. Luckily KQ took us to a hotel, which turned out to literally be the Lagos Airport Hotel to spend the day and have some lunch. It wasn’t preety but it had a comfy bed and wifi so heey 😊
They picked us up at 7pm for an 11pm flight that ended up leaving at almost 1am. Typical KQ, no explanation no nothing. I’m planning a trip to Ethiopia this coming year so I can’t wait to try Ethiopian Airways ✈✈
That’s all I can think of right this second. My brain is still fried from the journey and I’m set to make another loong one on Monday so I’m a little terrified lol. I’ll include more info in the vlog and try to get them all up before the end of year 🙂
Speaking of which can you believe the year is already over?!! Where oh where did the time go. Back to school in January and I’m really going to miss the freedom to travel on a whim. Sigh. I hope your year is winding down nicely 🙂 Thanks for dropping by!