Every once in a while you receive an email that piques your interest. One that makes you eagerly anticipate the days to come. Mine was an unexpected complimentary invite to tour the United Nations offices alongside four of my fellow Kenyan travel bloggers.
It came about two weeks ago( read a year ago, early 2020, to be more specific. LOL, can we go ahead and pretend you didn’t just discover how much a procrastinator I am?
The United Nations is an intergovernmental organization that aims to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international cooperation, and be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations.According to Wikipedia
I was extremely excited by the invite, mainly because I’d finally get to feed my curiosity about what lies behind the heavily guarded United Nations walls. Walls that have hosted, not only dignitaries and delegates but heads of states and noble peace Laurent like the Late Wangari. (funny story coming ahead)
Due to this fact, many people hold many misconceptions about the United Nations. I was surprised to learn it only costs between 500Ksh (5usd) for Kenyan citizens and 1200Ksh (12Usd) for Kenyan residents respectively
The tour is interactive, enlightened, and educative and can be provided in the following languages;
Our tour started at around 2 pm, led by Verona, a german who now lives in Kenya. We walked through the 195 world flags before stopping for pictures at the iconic KARIBUNI sign. The UN is a body that aims at promoting peace through dialogue…with that in mind, I purposely wore my only blue top for the tour because of its symbolism.
Did you know…
The United Nations logo is a bent view of the world map from the North Pole(which is neutral). It’s also surrounded by olive branches representing the universal sign of peace.
What to Expect On A UN Tour
One of the many intriguing aspects of the tour that I found absolutely hilarious was the VIP tree planting section. Out of all the trees in the area, the only two trees that failed to grow were planted by Africans!
Who are these Africans you ask? None other than Former President Mwai Kibaki and the Late Noble peace Laurent winner Wangari Mathai
How To Book A UN Tour
To book a tour of the United Nations Offices located in Gigiri, follow these simple steps
visit the UNON website process is surprisingly simple as all you need to do is write an email to ( email@example.com ) stating that you would like to have the tour if not you can click here
Nairobi UN TOURS and book a tour.