I had the privilege to be in Kenya with two German Groundhoppers. Kay and the Thorben the Bierbaron are German sports enthusiasts who travel the world to visit football matches and sporting events and report on them. There are no limits for them.
The first day started with picking up from the airport, driving through the city to a football match, then to the hotel for check-in, followed by a little walk through the city, a night walk, dinner and then back to the hotel.
After Kowa had arranged the contact with my guests before their visit, we had to go through the routes, the pick-up time and the expectations before their arrival.
Day one was arrival at 10:55 on board the Rwanda Air express flight from Kigali. The flight was delayed by about two hours, but I made my way to the airport at 10:00 a.m. in time. I was already surprisingly early at 10:20 a.m. in the inn and waiting area, stayed there for two and a half hours before I could meet my long-awaited guests.
On their arrival we had two options. The participation in football matches in Thika 55 kilometers away, or in Utawala at the police school only 6 kilometers away. My guests chose Thika because the soccer game was played in a larger stadium and entering a police school could be difficult. We set off for Thika in Kiambu County, where Thika Stadium is located. We arrived on time and saw a match between Thika United and Shabana FC Club. We watched the entire 90 minutes of the match in which Shabana FC won 1-0 against Thika United.
After the game we made our way back to Nairobi to the hotel check-in at Best Western plus Meridian Hotel at 19:00 o’clock. After the check-in we had to take a little walk through the CBD (Central Business District), where we had dinner, looked around and went back to the hotel, where we separated for the night’s rest and met again the next morning.
On the second day the hotel pickup took place at 12:00. This time we drove on to another district. Machakos 64 kilometers away. Since the roads were congested with traffic in and out of the city on a Saturday and the heaviest sections were on Mombasa-Raod due to the construction site, we unfortunately lost an hour. We arrived delayed at the green stadium of Machakos, where we had the privilege to watch two games.
We left the stadium at 18:30 when the traffic had subsided. We drove for about an hour and until 19:45 we arrived at the hotel to refresh ourselves. Then we went out for dinner and a walk through the city, then back to the hotel. For the night’s rest we parted ways.
The third day had only one soccer game on the agenda. But it was a game much sought after in Nairobi. Half an international match at the Kasarani International Stadium between Gor Mahia FC and NA Hussein-Dey from Algeria. The start was at 16:00. But since it was an international match, we had to make earlier preparations and be in the stadium at 14:00.
Our day started at 10:30 in the hotel. We drove to Uhuru Park to visit and photograph the city, from there back to the city centre to do some grocery shopping at the Maasai Kurio Market for gifts and souvenirs to take away to friends and family. After a walk through the city centre we started our way to the stadium at 13:30.
We drove to the stadium for about 20 minutes and spent another 20 minutes performing security checks and buying tickets for the game. At 14:10 we were already provided with singing and dancing as we waited for the kick-off at 16:00. Both teams were on their way to the stadium and at 16:00 o’clock the game started surprisingly punctually. The victory for our Gor Mahia FC by a 2:0 against Algeria FC FC has made us very proud.
At 18:00 the game was over. The way out of the stadium took us a lot of time because it was full of people. But at 19:00 we arrived at the hotel and went for dinner. We separated for a few hours of sleep.
I went home, slept a few hours and at 02:00 I was back at the hotel to pick her up and drop her off at the airport. As so often, when you don’t need it, there was a lot of rain on our way. But very early in the morning there was no traffic and we reached our destination quickly.
With a few hours delay Kay told me by WhatsApp that they arrived safely in Germany.
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