After eight long days of travel, seeing, and serving, it was finally time to come back to the US. So tired. SO TIRED. And to boot, my flight didn’t leave until four the next morning (gif). I had two options: rush to Kisumu to Nairobi and possibly miss my flight, or get a hotel room.
I ended up getting a room at the Qaribu Inn in Nairobi. It was a nice hotel off of one of the main roads and about 25 minutes from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. What appealed to me about this hotel was the price (about $60 a night) and it that it was marketed as an accommodation for those in transit or business people. My plan was to enjoy laying in a bed before sitting up for 24+ hours on my flights to Houston, get blogs done, and perhaps film a video or two. Just like with Mombasa, I did not plan to leave the hotel until I checked out to go to the airport.
My check-in process was super easy and the reception staff was very kind. The lobby was clean and modern looking and the hotel and bar were not even 100 feet from the reception desk. I ate dinner on site which was tasty and pretty decently priced. I had an open-faced chicken sandwich and fries with water. The meal came out to between $12-$15 USD.
My room was exactly what I was hoping for. It was small and pretty minimal but it had a hot shower, a workspace, and a queen sized bed that was very comfortable. I also had an outdoor, pond view which was nice but, most importantly, it was quiet. The room also had an electric kettle with tea and coffee which was a plus because the room was cold.
When you are traveling extensively it is a good idea to plan a day in between the end of your travels and getting back to your normal routine to unpack and take a breather. I knew that I would not have that option because I had to go to class the day after I got back to the States so I built it into the tail end of my trip. I had not had much time to digest and reflect on all I had experienced so I took my 12 or so hours of rest time to do that. I journaled some of my experiences, went through my bag and tossed a few items, then leisurely got myself ready for the long haul. I even took the time to do a face mask and watch a bit of Netflix.
It is my strong recommendation that you take the time to hit the reset button at the end of your trip to give yourself time to readjust, take care of your body, and give your brain time to process through your experiences. You will appreciate the break.
Love and Light,