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Monday, June 21, 1999
Nairobi, Kenya
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Nairobi, Kenya:
Latitude: 1° 16' 49" South
Longitude: 36° 49' 7" East
Altitude: 35 feet
From Seattle: 10738 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Parkside Hotel

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Today's Travel:
Country: Kenya
Region: Nairobi
Weather: Overcast

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 802
Linear Dist: 147007
Countries Visited: 58
Regions Visited: 230
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Hotels: 246
Friends / Family: 160
Camping: 117
Hostels: 217
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 3043
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Journal Entry:
Since my entire reason for being in Nairobi was to get a visa for Ethiopia that was my first order of business. The Ethiopian embassy was larger than I expected, but the application process was easier. Although at $70 it's got to be close to the most expensive visa I've ever bought (it seems like Russia was around $80 - but that included rush fees). But tomorrow morning I should have my visa and that should be the end of my visa worries for Africa (I can get Uganda at the airport, I have Egypt, and don't need one for Morocco).

Went to the American Express representative and picked up some letters - some going back as far as April! While there I booked a flight to Lamu tomorrow. I've only got two days since I want to be back here in Nairobi by Thursday night so I've decided to go hang out on the beach.

Rest of the day was spent on the Internet, reading, and walking around the city center. All the touts know me by now so I don't get hassled too much and everyone greets me by name - it feels like I've been here years, not days. For diner I went to a recommended Italian restaurant. It was nice, but the lack of company sort of spoils a nice meal. After diner I went and saw Shakespeare in Love. I went to see it against my better judgement, but it was excellent. Tomorrow needs to be an early day since I have to pack, pick up my visa, and if possible visit the once a week Maasai market - all before my early afternoon flight so it's off to bed relatively early.


Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Nairobi
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Kenya
CIA World Fact Book: Kenya

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