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.