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Six tips for navigating Nairobi’s busy streets

The bustling streets of Nairobi are a vibrant tapestry of life, a reflection of the city’s dynamic energy and diversity.

But within the chaos that come with movement, etiquette plays a crucial role in ensuring that everyone can coexist harmoniously.

One thing we need to know is that not all are interested in your lovey-dovey, people are busy and stop wasting their time by holding hands yet people are squeezing and trying to rush to attend to other issues.

Here are six essential etiquette tips to apply while walking along the busy streets of Nairobi:

Don’t hold hands

While public displays of affection are perfectly acceptable, holding hands or walking arm-in-arm on busy streets can hinder the flow of pedestrian traffic. It’s courteous to save these gestures for less crowded environments to ensure that the street remains a smoothly moving thoroughfare for everyone.

Avoid phone use

In the age of smartphones, it’s tempting to engage with your device while walking, but doing so in busy streets can be disruptive and even hazardous. Keep your phone use to a minimum or, if necessary, step aside to a less congested area to check messages or make calls. This not only maintains the flow but also ensures your safety.

Mind your space

On the crowded streets of Nairobi, space is a precious commodity. It’s essential to be aware of your surroundings and the people around you.

Avoid standing or walking too close to others to give them the personal space they need. This not only reduces discomfort but also minimizes the risk of accidental collisions.

Stay alert and keep a steady pace

Navigating Nairobi’s streets is like moving with the flow of a human river. Stay alert, walk at a steady pace, and avoid abrupt stops or sudden changes in direction. This helps maintain the smooth movement of the crowd and prevents disruptions that can lead to frustration for fellow pedestrians.

Respect queues and lines

Whether you’re waiting for a bus, queuing for street food, or even just crossing the road, respect the concept of lines and queues. Cutting in line or jumping ahead of others is not only considered impolite but can also lead to disputes and tensions among those waiting.

Be mindful of vendors and street sellers

Nairobi’s streets are dotted with vendors selling all kinds of goods, from fresh produce to handmade crafts. While walking, be mindful of these vendors and their wares. Avoid touching or handling their items without the intention to make a purchase, and always ask for permission when taking photographs. It’s a small gesture that shows respect for their livelihoods.

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