Living in an estate vis-a-vis slum

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Slum vis-a-vis estate

Raising children

Children in estates are raised in confined surroundings. They can only play in their homes or go to their neighbors with permission of course. These children stay indoors most of the time playing video games. Plot life is different. Kids play anywhere without anyone caring. Some areas are not fenced at all. If they are indoors, they are watching cartoons but most of the time they are outside playing, making a lot of noise, and teasing each other.

Neighbors

Neighbors in estates might not know each other. Everyone is busy going to work or running errands. Life is different in a plot. Even if a neighbor does not talk to another, they sure know each other by face and through gossip. There is a lot of drama in a plot with women arguing and fighting over things such as cloth lines, water at the tap, and children beating each other.

 Transportation

Estates are usually quiet with personal cars and taxis as means of transport. Plots are noisy with matatus, motorcycles, and bikes moving around. The hooting can be a nuisance. Sundays are the worst. Plots have churches all over the place. Loud music and preaching from different congregations fills the air.

Shops

There are no shops in estates. If you intent to tour such places, make sure you carry water and snacks. Eat a good amount of food before your visit. Otherwise, the hunger you will feel is terrible especially if you will be touring an extensive estate. There are no shops or vibandas in estates. It is a different case with plots. Food is all over the place from small restaurants to shops. Mama mbogas will do you good as they sell vegetables and fruits to help you curb hunger. Hawkers sell all kinds of things. Masaai’s have shoes for you to try out. Estates have no such ‘privileges’.

Despite the variation between plot and estate life, what matters is being contented with where one lives. When you are happy and satisfied in the neighborhood you live in, there is nothing to be alarmed about. 

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