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Train, Mombasa and then golden, gorgeous beaches...

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Hello one and all! As people keep saying to me, Karibu Kenya (welcome to Kenya) and I have to keep telling them that I have been here for almost 5 months! Kinda effective way of making the beach boys leave me alone...
Well since Uganda we have done a fair amount in a week, first was a weekend of watching the ashes on the sofa, eating toasted sandwiches, which was glorious after the action- filled Uganda. Kinda rubbish though cos there was a bit of rain this match, although we did see Friday, as knackered as we were, and I am so jealous that Dad managed to get a posh box there and on that day, what a way to see the first hat-trick ball in a decade huh?!?! I was so happy (Rocky was not, but this test he is VERY happy!).
On Monday we caught the evening train to Mombasa from Nairobi, had to go in about 7 hours early to get our tickets, so dumped our bags there and had our first proper exploration of the capital. Bit of drama first cos I left the mobile in the taxi, so had to borrow a local security guard's phone, buy some credit for it, ring Nick to get the taxi driver's number, call him, get called back to say that yes the phone WAS in his car, then pay him to drive back in and bring it to me. And all of this was before 2pm! After lunch (one of the girls haha...) we walked around the main block of Nairobi, where we saw the President's office, Parliament, the courts, and the council, all the huge and wierdly shaped buildings, and we also had a nosey at some event which was taking place, not realizing this was actually quite a big deal and that Hilary Clinton would be there the next day- oops! Were pretty tired by the time we got back to the station at 6, until we saw the train that is. Both the train and the station are very 1920s, no electronic boards or overhead announcements, really old-fashioned you know? The train is kinda like the Hogwart's express, except a little more rundown! We were in a first class cabin, which was 2 beds, one above the other, and the bottom one doubles up at seats, with a cupboard, washbasin and mirror as well (the rooms are pretty small, Rocky and I had to dance round each other in the morning!). In first class you get breakfast and dinner included, so we settled down for a 3 course meal, it was late though so this wasn't till about 10pm. But we were sat in the middle of a group of 15 Irish medic students who had just finished volunteering in hospitals in Uganda, and had been drinking since they got on the train! Ended up playing ring of fire with them and drinking until about 3 in the morning, then stumbled back to our cabin (the lights didn't work in our carriage!) and went to bed. Only slept 3 hours though cos the first setting for breakfast was belled at 6.45 in the morning, always a nice way to wake up! But it didn't matter cos we were in Mombasa, my favourite place!!
Over the next 2 days we explored Fort Jesus, got lost in Old Town, made friends with some store sellers who are gonna sell me loads of stuff cheap when I get back, saw the big Tusks, and had lots of yummy ice cream- yes I took Rocky to THAT ice cream parlour and guess what? He loved it too!!! After those 2 days we caught a bus to Watamu, and have been here since, just chilling on the beach, going bike riding to see some old swahili ruins at Gede, and today we went snorkling, I SAW DORIE (from Finding Nemo!) there were some amazing fish there, huge ones and tiny ones as well! Now we are being good and getting back online to say hello, then Rocky disappears to watch the footie while I write my diary... Tomorrow we are spending another day chilling, and then on Tues we are gonna hit malindi for a few days, then go to Lamu, as the last place on our tour.
It is crazy that we are flying home in 17 days, but man am I excited as well, just discovered that I am back in time for the Devizes 6-a-side, whoop!! Might have to drag Rocky down with me to experience it! Or maybe not... Love you all, there will only be a few of these left, maybe only one. BOO I hear you all say, I know, I'm sad that our time together is coming to an end too. But we can all get through it! xxxxxx

Posted by emmabanham 04:15 Archived in Kenya

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