Sunday, October 2, 2011

Rosh Hashanah

Leaving Zanzibar, we flew to Nairobi where we celebrated Rosh Hashanah and attended services at the Nairobi Synagogue (seriously). The synagogue was a beautiful building and the grounds were very pretty.

We were lucky that we had been put in touch with one of the congregational leaders who in addition to inviting us to services, also hosted us at his house for dinner. We really lucked out to have a warm holiday welcome, with interesting people and great food, especially the homemade challah. // Since Nairobi has quite the reputation for crime, we left our valuables, including passports, secure in our hotel. For the first Rosh Hashanah service, in the evening, we showed up at the synagogue without any ID, having not put any thought that they might have a need for security, too. Fortunately, we passed the thorough interrogation by the Mossad agent (Israel's secret service) who was working security, and allowed in. //. We were not in Nairobi too long and we did not see much as far as tourism goes. However, we didn't need much time to realize how crippling the traffic can be in Nairobi. We can also confirm that there is no use to having Amex travelers checks in Eastern or Southern Africa, as NO ONE wants them. But here is an image of one monument we passed in our travels, dedicated to the 2nd President of Kenya, Daniel arap Moi.

Our next adventure: safari in the national parks of Kenya and Tanzania.

Location:Nairobi, Kenya

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