I don't have a totally satisfactory overall image of Nairobi.
But this shows you some of the types of buildings there.
The Nairobi market is the building on the right middle-distance with the many levels of flat roofs. The building on the left with the twin spires is the main mosque.
(Some photos can be clicked on for a larger image.)
This photo attempts to capture a common situation. They are repairing or upgrading the phone system. They are engaged on a first-world technological task with simple and basic tools.
This was such a colorful place.
The bunting on the railing (black, red and green) evokes the Kenyan flag.
Nairobi also had many specialty shops and a modern shopping mall, the Sarit Center, in the Westlands district.
Yes, this is the one blown up by terrorists.
I went there for various administrative things. The educational center, in a building around the corner, had a library and offered weekly summaries of the evening news shows.
The building is a fortress.
I never went in here. But behind the mosque was a street of ice cream shops. We would drive down, a kid would come running out of the shop, take our order and bring it to us in the car.
Muslims are a minority in Kenya. Some of them were part of the Ismalie group, headed by the Aga Kahn.
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