It IS a small world after all…


Actually it’s TINY.

Especially in the aid sector.

Especially if you’re in Nairobi.

As one colleague put it, everyone passes through Nairobi eventually.

But still, it’s a little bit insane. After a mere 2 weeks here I have bumped into no less than 7 former colleagues or friends who happened to be in or passing through Nairobi at the same time. It’s utter madness.

Saturday brunch on my first day in Nairobi with an old friend that I worked with in Philippines and Iraq.

img_0644

Then I bumped into this lovely lady – who I last saw in this photo, back in Guiuan at Amy’s bar where we used to go dancing And our mutual friend, the guy who took this picture is also here in Nairobi too! Such a tiny world! I’ve since met up with both of them, though have been somewhat more polite this time around!

img_0652

Catching up with yet another old friend – this is a guy I went to high school with, who I don’t think I’ve seen since I was about 24, who happened to be in Nairobi in business this week.

img_0699 img_0700

And then a ex-colleague S wandered into my office last week, just back from Yemen, and passing through Nairobi for the week – such a surprise! Thought sadly no photo – it would have been weird…

THEN – when I got out of my taxi at the hotel the other night, a man walked past me, and I suddenly thought “I wonder what N is up to”. Then as I walked away, I heard a voice calling “Maya?” and there he bloody well was! Turns out N, a lovely colleague of mine who worked with me in Iraq, and with whom I have spent many a happy evening sharing our troubles over a beer, was staying at the same hotel for a week! He was just on his way out as I came in, so we had a lovely catch up over breakfast the next day.

img_1019

And today, on skype, a very very old colleague who I worked with back in South Sudan (who can believe that was 7 years ago!) popped up on skype as she heard I was in Nairobi and wondered if I fancied meeting up!

It’s madness! That’s 7 ex-colleagues and friends I have so far encountered after only 2 weeks in Nairobi. Total insanity. I almost can’t wait to see who appears out of the woodwork next!

One thought on “It IS a small world after all…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s