Nairobi: Green City in the Sun ; A series of personal essays, poetry and creative non-fiction shorts
Clohossey, Paloma Chrisman
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Located in the Eastern hemisphere, East Africa is comprised of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. With Uganda to its west, the turquoise Indian Ocean to 7 the east, and the equator running directly through it, Kenya strives to maintain its position as one of the most politically and economically stable countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Kenya's capital city is Nairobi, a name originally derived from the Maasai phrase, "enkare nyirobi" meaning "the place of cool waters." Today, many locals transl~te it to mean the Green City in the Sun. Nairobi defies the quintessential images of Africa so dominant in Western minds. It is not flat, dry, or populated by herds of zebra and the occasional lounging lion. It has hills and greenery, and aside from a few monkeys high in park trees, you have to drive at least an hour to find wild animals roaming free. I first arrived there in September of2009 as a member of Kalamazoo College's study abroad program. Since that trip, I have returned twice. The second trip lasted for three months from July to September 2010 to complete an internship at a rural primary school, Early Bird Academy. Most recently, I returned again for a short visit in December 2010.