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Nairobi Arrival!

ila's picture

United Statesila

WOW! I am nearly bursting with excitement, having just arrived in Nairobi after an overnight flight from India.

I watched the bright stars over the Indian ocean turn into a fiery sunrise that simmered for hours. It was as gorgeous and glowing as in our World Pulse itinerary photos! I saw the tip of Mt. Kenya over a sea of clouds and descended into the friendly "town" of Nairobi!

After many months of planning, I finally really felt—this is happening, and it's already a dream come true.

It is cool and rainy today in Nairobi!
Consider bringing an umbrella and/or light rain jacket if you have one!
I am told that this cool rain is a break in a very hot spell, so be prepared for that, too!

Re: Visas, FYI I purchased a Visa on arrival and it couldn't have been easier. The wait was only half an hour or so, though this could be different for each of you depending on your arrival time. On the plane you'll be given a yellow card to fill out for immigration. (This has nothing to do with your yellow vaccination card, which you do not need for Kenya if you are coming from North America).

Off the plane, you will follow the lines towards Visa area. Fill in the big white sheet of paper, not the blue card, and get in line for VISAS. When you are done, the baggage claim area is just 2 seconds away, and our taxi will be waiting there just for you.

Note: the visa on arrival is just $25 and allows access to other East Africa countries as well (Rwanda, Uganda). You do not need a multiple entry visa. Have exact change in US dollars ready. They will take your photo electronically and scan your finger prints. I brought printed passport photos but did not need to use them.

Hope this information is helpful. Looking forward while savoring the present...:)

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Auma's picture

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!! Karibu!!

You will LOVE,LOVE it-and me and us! Take care darling and see you soon!

Love,
Leah.

ila's picture

asanta sana!

can't wait to see all my rrrrrrrrrrafiki girlfriends!

Ila Asplund
Half Sky Journeys
+ 1 (503) 877-4759
skype: half_sky_journeys
Portland, OR 97232 USA

Investing in women through meaningful travel

Maura Conlon's picture

Last Minute Questions

Greetings,
So good to hear your voices from Africa.
I'm packing now as I leave tomorrow for NYC -- where I layover for a few days.
So, questions:
1. Did you need passport size photos when you got your Visa at Nairobi airport? Will bring USD cash.
2. And what is the latest on laptops. Anybody bringing one, as far as you know?
3. I'm bringing skirts mostly. Pants for game reserve. Shoes for walking. Medicines, et al. I was looking for a "supply list" for other essentials to bring but didn't locate it. You know that feeling, oh, I must be forgetting something.
4. How can people in the USA contact us while we are traveling?
5. Will we have water available through the trip? Should we bring our own with iodine tablets, etc?
6. I have extra copies of my memoir, She's All Eyes (which is about a young girl finding her voice in the world.)
I could bring some books to give to women we meet. What do you think of this idea?
7. What else am I forgetting?! :)
Thanks with excitement!
Maura

Maura Conlon-McIvor, Ph.D
author, founder and social change psychologist
legacybeyondborders.com
celebrate life/tell your story/live your heart's legacy
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ila's picture

Answers for Maura + everyone!

1. Did you need passport size photos when you got your Visa at Nairobi airport? Will bring USD cash.
NO, I did not need my photos, as they take one electronically. Yes, bring $25 in exact change (visa was less than anticipated and allows entry into Rwanda as well)

2. And what is the latest on laptops. Anybody bringing one, as far as you know?
Some people are bringing, some people aren't. It's up to you! Converters are available here, or bring your own. There are business centers in all hotels if you need occasional internet access, and WIFI is available in both Nairobi and Kigali hotels.

3. I'm bringing skirts mostly. Pants for game reserve. Shoes for walking. Medicines, et al. I was looking for a "supply list" for other essentials to bring but didn't locate it. You know that feeling, oh, I must be forgetting something.

Just remember: Nairobi is a very modern city, and anything you forget you will likely be able to easily obtain here! There is a medical supply list on the Lonely Planet Kenya doc (see page 42), but it's pretty exhaustive. We will not be going into remote areas for any extended amount of time, so keep that in mind.

4. How can people in the USA contact us while we are traveling?
There will be business centers in our hotels for email and skype calls. You can give your loved ones your hotel and room number when you check in. I also have a local cell phone if you want to give it to people: (254) 072 690 7621 Thanks!

5. Will we have water available through the trip? Should we bring our own with iodine tablets, etc?
Safe, bottled water is available and free for you throughout the trip. There is no need for water purification systems.

6. I have extra copies of my memoir, She's All Eyes (which is about a young girl finding her voice in the world.)
I could bring some books to give to women we meet. What do you think of this idea?

YES!!! LOVE IT. Please do!

7. What else am I forgetting?! :)

If you forget it, you probably didn't need it! ;)

Please keep any last minute questions coming. Happy to help!
-ila

Ila Asplund
Half Sky Journeys
+ 1 (503) 877-4759
skype: half_sky_journeys
Portland, OR 97232 USA

Investing in women through meaningful travel

Re: Power:

Kenya uses the 240V system, with square/3-pin sockets as used in the UK. Bring a universal adaptor if you need to charge your phone, laptop or run other appliances. If you have time, take a trip to Radio Shack and get the recommended bits. Otherwise, converters are available at our hotels.

If you'd like a way for friends and family to reach you while you are away, you may share these numbers:

Ila Asplund, trip coordinator, cell: (254) 072 690 7621
Tour operators Eos Visions
Kenya contacts:
Tel.: +254 (0)20 260 8800
Mobile: +254 (0)722-943203
In Rwanda
Tel.: +250 (0)782512834

Ila Asplund
Half Sky Journeys
+ 1 (503) 877-4759
skype: half_sky_journeys
Portland, OR 97232 USA

Investing in women through meaningful travel

ila's picture

more re: security in hotel rooms!

Hotel rooms have safes for secure storage of your items. If you have items that do not fit in the safe, they can also provide secure storage at the front desk.

Ila Asplund
Half Sky Journeys
+ 1 (503) 877-4759
skype: half_sky_journeys
Portland, OR 97232 USA

Investing in women through meaningful travel

Dearest Ones,

Just found my way onto WP site, you are all in my hearts and I am dancing for joy at the pictures posted on PW!!!

Equally, I am very sad to be missing this yet it was not to be...had a collision course with travel vaccines and a pre-existing run down immune system. Thank you for carrying me with you through this profound journey, I can't wait to hear!!.

With blessings, love, excitement, joy for each of you connecting together at the speak outs, traveling, sharing magic,

Love and all blessings!!! Ellen

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