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Nairobi News : December 23rd 2013
news Change. A recent survey shows that Nairobians are increasingly opting to spend Christmas in the city due to the high cost of living KIARIE NJOROGE, NairobiNews @njorogegk firstname.lastname@example.org fares as they travel to their rural homes to “eat Christmas.” On the material day, the city becomes a L ghost-town with traffic- vehicular and pedestrian- thinning on the usually busy streets. Ironically, when most residents have gone to celebrate, it is the best time to enjoy the capital; drive around, walk on the streets and enjoy the usually crowded joints. Classy restaurants A lot of classy restaurants remain open during the period giving those in the city and who have saved on travel expenses the chance to sample on sumptuous meals without much crowd. However, perhaps the most compelling reason to stay in the city over Christmas is the monetary savings as well as avoiding the hassle that comes with the travel. Last week, a woman travelling upcountry for the holidays was left stranded after one of the “attendants” at the crowded Machakos Bus Stage took off with her luggage. These are some of the tribulations that travellers face in a quest to get to their rural areas and other holiday destinations. But the most biting has to be the fares that have doubled in nearly all routes. On Saturday, economy bus companies were charging Sh1,300 to travel to Kakamega, nearly double the normal Sh700. For those travelling with family, the sums become quite substantial. Factor in the return fares and sticking around starts sounding like a good idea. “We’ll be staying in Nairobi this Christmas; the economy does not allow the travel. It’s easier as a family if we just go out on that day,” says John Mwenda. Perhaps the idea of staying in (or travelling to) the capital may be resonating with a lot of people with a Consumer Insight survey revealing that nine per cent of the respondents would like to spend the holiday in Nairobi. TO COMMENT ON THIS STORY GO TO www.nairobinews.co.ke/christmas Boniface Omondi prepares an artificial Christmas tree for sale next to Kibra Social Grounds. One tree goes for Sh250 Evans Habil, NairobiNews ike clockwork, Nairobi residents will every December flock upcountry bus termini and pay double or triple normal Monday, Dec 23 - Sunday, Dec 29, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke 5 A serene Christmas in the city Viable options • For those staying in the city, Christmas does not become a dull affair. There are myriad options to choose from without breaking the bank. • Unlike the Coast where the beach is the ultimate spot to enjoy the Christmas holiday, Nairobi has no defined way or “the place”. • A lot of people prefer to go out and sample what is on offer with n a a com ym h a spots doing brisk business. • Perhaps Kenya Wildlife Service offers the best way to enjoy the holiday. • “Nairobi National Park is the place to be this Holiday for those who want to unwind without necessarily travelling upcountry. We have a tented camp, a public campsite and several picnic sites for you to choose from,” says the service. • Those into nature can also enjoy the popular Nairobi Safari walk • Other popular spots like Carnivore have Christmas-themed night to entice those in the city.
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