Amazing still it seems
I’ll be 23
I won’t always love what I’ll never have
I won’t always live in my regrets
-’23′ by Jimmy Eat World
Reblogged from HapaKenya.com
As you know i’m on a mission to travel all African countries by 25. Holding a Kenyan passport (For now ) This list is useful in planning trips at a moment’s notice.
1. Antigua & Barbuda
4. British Virgin Islands
7. Cayman Islands
8. Comoros (Required but can be obtained on arrival)
9. Costa Rica (If you have a valid Permanent Resident Card or Visa to US, Canada, UK or any European country)
10. Dominica (Not to be Confused with Dominican Republic)
11. Dominican Republic (Buy a $10 Tourist Card and Same condition as Costa Rica above applies)
12. Ethiopia (365 Days allowed Visa Free)
13. Fiji (120 Days)
17. Hong Kong (Yes, It’s a country)
20. Macau (Apply on entry for 30 days and renew every 30 days after that)
23. Micronesia (30 Days)
24. Montserrat (180 Days)
25. Namibia (Tourist Visa Not required, Business Visa required)
27. Panama (Same conditions as Costa Rica above)
28. Philippines (21 Days)
30. Saint Helena
31. Saint Kitts & Nevis
32. Saint Vincent Grenadines
38. Trinidad & Tobago
Next stop Zambia/Zimbabwe, devil’s pool!!!
The time is now, let’s do this!
Saying i’m fine would be an understatement. No, i’m not physically harmed, but for the first time in many years, I don’t want to sleep alone, I want to share the sorrow with somebody. My mind is running up and down, thinking, things beyond my control. Worry wears me down tonight. I realize this life is not my own anymore. We live in this community, and even if we come from different backgrounds, we’re one.
I pray for peace and calmness in #MyNairobi
Today I want to talk something that has irked me the past few days. Ever noticed in Matatu stops especially in the CBD, there are these guys who collect a certain amount which is equivalent to “a seat” in the Matatu. While some of them do rightly so, e.g city council charges, or the guy who calls for passengers, most of them are thugs!
Two scenarios hit close home. One are the Strathmore Matatu, route 14. The board on top is clearly indicated KES 40. But when you enter prices are KES 50. Clearly someone is robbing us blind. A second scenario is LA matatus route 15. Standard rates are KES 50, but in the evening, these ‘goons’ who man the bus stations set their own rates. A matatu come, they decide the rate to 70 or 80 or even like yesterday 100!
The driver & tout are even not concerned. It’s a catch 22 situation for them as they’d like to make more money. The people who suffer most are the passengers as these extras are siphoned by these middlemen, I dare say goons.
Today i came across this article of Cashless Bus System by my favorite business blog. Perhaps this is the solution we’ve been waiting for.
Although it’s currently available in City Hoppa’s, I pray it trickles down to matatus. With the increase of affordable NFC enabled phones, this shouldn’t be a problem.
I urge Matatu owners to consider this solution.
A few years ago while still in highschool, I was debating the same thing. Which friends do hangout with, what to do etc. Back then it was pretty easy, your focus was to finish school and pass with flying colors. That was the destination. It was objective.
Looking at after school right now, the destinations have multiplied. There is no real destination… well except death. But what to do in between? Experiences vs Making money, trying something vs convetional jobs… I could go on for a day!
Which reminds me of something my mentor I once shared, Mental Models!
While there’re all these options one has to choose, having solid principles will help you and me and navigate through most if not all of them.
One thing I strive to be and to keep is integrity. I’ll be sharing more of my lofe mental models.