Archive for 14. July 2013

Mingle with Locals

Sunday, 14. July 2013

Close to the hotel – visible from my room – there is a park, which seems to be the place to go on sunny weekends.  Children’s voices full of excitement, snippets of music reached my ear this afternoon and dragged me outside. IMG_0405-webIMG_0404-webCrossing the street I read at the entrance “Uhuru Park – Recreation Ground”.

The area did buz
Couples and families relaxing on the lawn,
kids chasing each other,
others having a ride on toy cars, pushed by young adults.
The latter obviously just one option to make money. The number of ice-cream men countless, at each corner at least 2 – 3 in addition to the stands selling water, soft-drinks and sweets. Some ticket seller for whatever lottery were clearly outnumbered by photographers with more or less professional digital cameras. Close by they kept their printers in cardboard boxes (open at one side) to protect them against the sun – photos (on high gloss photo paper) on demand. I wonder how they powered the printers. Another business: painting the children’s faces.

IMG_0403-webIMG_0402-webKids queued for different types of carrousels and whole families were patiently waiting for a pedal boat becoming available.

For a more exotic leisure activity take a camel ride fifty meters up and down the pavement, which was obviously more in demand than a ride on horseback. The horses and ponys next IMG_0417-webIMG_0407-webto the four camels spent a lazy afternoon.

The huge crowds were obviously a good opportunity for school classes and their teachers to raise funds for science text books.
I turned back to the hotel, passing the Murumbi African Heritage Collection.