Saturday, March 12, 2011

Saturday in Karen

Today we spent the day in Karen, a suburb of Nairobi. Karen is famous as the home of Karen Blixen (the "Out of Africa" lady), although it is not named after her as many people think. This town is filled with white Kenyans who have been here for three or four generations, many missionary organizations, two new shopping centers, big mansions, and all the things you find along the side of the street in Kenya. It also has some great restaurants and is just something different from the usual Nairobi scene. So off we went to...

An organic farmers market where we bought mango jam.

A bike shop with American bikes for Will to peruse.

The newest mall that actually looked like a real mall. We bought pesto bread from the French bakery and got a smoothy from the fruits and veggie shop.

Karen Blixen Gardens for lunch. There, we meandered through Karen Blixen's farm manager's house where Teddy Roosevelt once stayed while hunting for specimens for the National Museum of America.

Overall, it was a good day that was a little different than our usual stomping grounds. If we were living in Kenya another year, I think I would want to move to Karen next. It's definitely an interesting crowd and a beautiful area outside the city.

1 comment:

  1. Okay, so now I have visions of Meryl Streep standing just to the right of where this picture was taken waiting for Robert Redford to appear. It looks absolutely lovely. Our Jane said Blixen was much respected by most Kenyans for what she did to improve their plight during her time.

    XO, Sue