sunday in town


Some days, I love Nairobi a little more than others. Take Sundays and public holidays for example, when the streets are quiet and empty and I can walk for five minutes without getting bumped into or my feet stepped on! When public transport can get you to your destination within 15 minutes when ordinarily it would be an hour long trip during the weekdays. You begin to feel the magic, walking down the streets alongside families with happy face painted children – strawberry and vanilla ice cream melting down their sticky hands and faces.

This past Sunday, my cousin, little brother and I took a short afternoon outing in town to pass by Maasai Market at City Hall. To switch things up a bit, I suggested we go to the KICC rooftop since they’d never been before. I’d gone once, right after my final pinup about six months ago in June, and I remember looking down on the city wondering where life would take me next.


Growing up is quite surreal, isn’t it?

Six months ago, I was a young twenty five year old who had just finished her final exams about an hour before I went on this same rooftop. With plenty of big dreams, and fears. I didn’t know how my final exams results would turn out, but I hoped for the best. I didn’t know where I was going after this. I didn’t know what to expect, because everything had just changed. I didn’t have a routine anymore. And yet, I still believed in my dreams. On this rooftop, I’d repeat to myself ‘Everything will be okay’.

During these past six months, I’ve learnt a few things about making day to day life feel a little bit more in control. I now put a time limit on my goals, and I plan a lot. Even if I fall behind on my timelines, it’s still all good because I still have something to work towards.

Enough real talk for now, back to the rooftop 😀

They charge 150 Ksh for adult citizens and 100 Ksh for children. Have you ever been here before? You should! I wonder how it’s like on weekdays? Perhaps less people because everyone’s at work or school? We went between 4.45 – 5.30 pm and then left for Coldstone ice cream as a treat before we headed back home. I’d love to capture the sun dipping below Nairobi’s skyline, so I still have a couple of trips left to go 🙂


How precious is this rollerblading initiative along Aga Khan walk? What do you like to do on your Sundays in Nairobi? I’d love to know, maybe I can use some of your ideas 🙂

Also, my apologies for the silence on here! It’s been a crazy week at work, lots of growth so I feel great. Exhausted, but great 🙂

The office closes today for the December holidays, yay!

Catch up soon ❤


Author: Fatma Sultan

Hello, I'm Fatma Sultan. Architecture is my chosen career path. My love and appreciation for art is larger than I can put in a few words but it all comes down to the freedom to express oneself in so many different ways: painting, sketching, drawing, poetry, writing, photography, furniture design, cooking, pottery and even personal style. I hope to inspire my readers in any way that I can, and at least put a smile on somebody's face. Thanks for stopping by!

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