All of a Sudden, the Living is Easy

Is it too much to ask for a computer with a keyboard that works well? Apparently it is.

I’ve found an internet cafe in Diani Beach that only costs one shilling per minute of use as opposed to the last cafe which costs 5 shillings per minute. The only downside is that the computer keys here seem to stick. Bummer.

We’ve been in Diani Beach now for two days. We’re staying with a guy who runs a hostel and all of our meals are free (and cooked by a chef)! It’s so strange to go from ugali, rice and beans to spaghetti and scrambled eggs with toast. I only feel as though I’m not deserving of the food, but I eat it anyway. The area that we are staying in is sadly only safe during the day, so the hostel is surrounded by four walls, an electric fence and has two security guards; all of which I am extremely thankful for.

The food isn’t the only thing that I have to grow used to again. There is a certain silence that comes from no longer being around 42 kids. Also, Diani is a vacation hotspot, so the sun always seems to be shining and the palm trees give off the welcomed message that says, “you can relax.” In the last two days I was able to start and finish a book, I cannot tell you the last time I was able to pull that off.

Yesterday I was able to make my way down to the beach where I saw the Indian Ocean for the first time. I have now seen every ocean (unless you count the Southern Ocean, but not everyone does). The white beaches and traditional Swahili boats anchored in the waves gave the ocean a unique feel. The blue water and the white sands are a far cry from the Kenyan Highlands which I have grown so accustomed to. My brain is doing the best it can to process this trip. One thing I need to remind myself is that I no longer have to work, the rest of this can be smooth, relaxing sailing.

I think we’ll hang around Diani Beach for about a week before moving on. My hope is to see more of Kenya before flying home later this month. Our original plan to head south into Tanzania has now been nixed due to the high cost of the visa. So we’ll head west instead, into Uganda. More on that later.

I think I’ll return to this little cafe for another update soon.

 

 

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"And no one is a stranger...for long."
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3 Responses to All of a Sudden, the Living is Easy

  1. Glad to hear from you. I can only imagine what a contrast your situation is now. Continue to stay safe. God bless.
    We’re settling in at Kiawah, but my knee replacement slowed things up. It is going well, however.
    Love, Gramma and Grampa

  2. imogen says:

    MATTHEW !!! i have found your blog, its fantastic and i cannot say how pleased/jelous we are that you have got some awesome food while you are there. you lied in one part though as you havent seen every ocean you forgot the red sea too haha. im back to school and it is very very boring i am asleep in most classes as I am still not adapting to the time and routine :/ we miss the kids a lot now especially solomon 😦 we miss you guys and were so close to booking flights to New York on December 1st but due to the issues in the states at the moment we have decided to postpone. We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels and we shall hipefully see you soon xx

  3. Larry Litwin says:

    I’m so glad that your journey is not all work. You certainly deserve some relaxation time. For comparison – Nome has been in the 20°F range for weeks now, with snow on the ground and overcast every day. Enjoy.

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