Have been listening to Stardusk aka Thinking Ape for years. Mostly came to the channel while searching for MGTOW content and stayed for the depth of the information he presented. Began to regularly comment in videos in the general circles, one thing led to another, made some contact with CS MGTOW who then suggested I may be able to participate in the Perspectives series, and here we have it.
If you are expecting a pun about his name and being struck somehow, shame on you and your cringeness. It was an honor though and admittedly somewhat unfocused. In retrospect I may have been attempting to introduce more about myself to someone I have heard so much of/about than recalling experiences from and focusing on Kenya. Will let you know if I get the chance to do more. It cemented my appreciation of the challenge it can be to speak on topic for this long in an unscripted nature but almost certainly will begin Vlogging on my own.
Here is a gallery from my most recent 3 weeks in Kenya. Some notes included with the images. May make a video presentation of this as I now think about it, may have been interesting to just go through these images and recount some of it in the above video.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Got a much needed facelift and expansion. Still some confusion present. Still some issues with policing. Was here waiting for the driver that came to pick me up to finish dealing with a police officer. The supposed charge was double parking.
Whitedent. Whitens dentals.
Looking at prices and comparing to ones in the west. Interesting to see what determines pricing. Very important to keep in mind what the average local has to spend and who the target market is of the place you are in.
Some stalls in Westlands. (Close to where the Westgate Mall Terror attack was) Independence day advert on the billboard, targeted to the region as the alien ship is shown above the African continent. KFC over there as well, some western food chains are breaking into the market, though their price points are for middle class and higher budgets.
This is an example of a shuka. It is a rectangular cloth that many women wear and use commonly. It is more common to have some colorful patern print but on this one the message of how to better care for ones child is given. There are so many new ways to get informaiton out there and the improvements in Kenya, Africa and the world will surely follow.
Walking through Kangemi/Soddom. Roughly 2km from where I was staying.
the outskirts of Kangemi. Considerd a slum it is slowly being built up with more structurally sound buildings as Nairobi continues to expand and connect.
More Kangemi-Sodom. At the Sodom station peoepl at times get hit by traffic. this may have happened on one day as soem of the residents had blocked off one side of the highway and were burning some tree branches in the street in protest.
This is a shot from the agricultural campus of Nairobi University. My dad attended this school.
Sidewalks can be lacking. Makes walking more of an ‘interactive’ rather than passive activity.
The raw beauty astounds at times in somewhat of a primal way.
I like taking pictures of flowers
More flora and bio-diversity
Some innovative advertising…
…taking advantage of the medium.
Inside a 14 seater matatu. This would not pass in many major western cities, but a ride on it can be as low as $0.10. People are more concerned about getting from point a to b than any ameneties of the ride. even those not used to wlaking everywhere before this. Those that do can take a cab, but for the same distance you could be paying multiple times the cost of paying for every seat on the matatu. Been tempted to do this but not so sure how safe that would be.
More on this later, but this is a picture of The Daily Nation, one of the main newspapers.
This is a mango. Fruit and produce may be relatively abundant and available, but unlike what you find in most western markets, there is a higher chance of having different levels of ripeness as well as problems inside the fruit.
Michelin truck, Coca Cola and more in Nairobi CBD. Street lights when present are often not followed, so in the city and other places you’ll often find police directing traffic.
This is of The Standard, another leading newspaper. This was a current issue. more on this topic later.
the political coverage of the USA election was expectedly kind to the Democrats and the family of ‘a son of Kenya.’ There was a near national holiday on the day President Obama won.
This is some of the new road network, this section may have been part of the ones built in concert with the Japanese Govenment
No such thing as trademark infringement haha. Makes for some interesting pieces. What would the benefit be setting up a system where whomever created this could be sued for infringment or somehting else?
Some beautiful skies out there. At night with the low light pollution even close to the city center you can see many stars.
Common water trucks around Nairobi. For various reasons people may need water to suplement what is piped to the home…
…now this old truck in may produce more emmisions than common western ones and would likely not pass wester road safety regulations…
… but if you applied them here in Kenya, you would negate the massive positive of having it able to deliver water to people that need it.
This is All Saints Cathedral. An old Anglican church in the CBD. Was not there for the best of reasons. The general complex provides room and facilities to hsot meetings and events. I was there for part of a funeral prep.
That lady has fresh ears of corn stuffed into a plastic, in a Sufuria on a Jiko. She will steam these ears then sell them throughout the day. This is the general bitings and food found on the street. Count that and the amount of walking most people do, and you can see why obesity isn’t that big an issue in certian places. It is not poverty, actually in Kenya weight issues are more present in the wealthier people.
This was in some of my storage. I used ot read the Economist much more often. During the fall of Ghadafi I recall some Kenyans discussing how a large part of why he went down was his intention to create a gold backed African currency, to surplant the dollar, euro and other intenraitonal currecnies. There were discussions of illicit foreign involvement. Some of those have been now proven to have some accuracy.
Pumpkin patch. The leaves of this are so tasty. So many forms of leaves are steamed, stewed and otherwise eaten. Pumkin is definately one of my favorite.
Pumpkin flower. to my knowledge these arent eaten much, though they are in italian cuisine.
Developments like these shoot up in sometimes less than a year.
Some still burn brush and other trash, on their compunds or roadside. So you’ll have the dust, occasional smoke and trash smell but in general the air is clear.
A Matatu, a common form of mass transit, parked at a gas station, by of a south-african chain of restaurants serving italian originated, but american influence type food, under a billboard advertising a likely app or online based initiative or program. All infront of one of a new building in a shopping area where many expats and diaspora shop at. Building contains various offices and restaurants, including the Etihad Airlines office, world class gym (with criminally low number of free-weights but some odd wall contraptions…)
That’s about $0.90 a liter (not gallon)
Most gas stations have their convenience stores. Often include a Chemist, atms and restaurant(s).
Using motorcycles for delivery of food and other things, is rather recent (5 years or so) and the branding of the entire bike not just the delivery box is something I hadn’t taken note of before this. As a form of transporting peple bikes have been a godsend to rural areas.
More biodiversity. I walk and look around often and continually find new things.
This was during the connecting flight thorugh Heathrow airport in London. This middle aged woman was on one of the packed airport busses and yet decided to have a seat for her luggage. This is more common with females than males. #Patriarchy #Everydaysexism #HerBagHerChair