The bus ride from Malindi started smoothly enough however the road soon turned into a dusty bumpy track. So we bumped our way to the ferry, with a few bruises we arrived in Lamu. Our hotel of choice had raised in cost considerably from book price the hotel guy was not impressed by us trying to negotiate so we left. We ended up at a small guesthouse by a guy who looked, sounded and even laughed like Eddie Murphy.
We walked around the town that afternoon. Lamu is full of narrow streets that preclude the use of cars. Donkeys are the main transport in town and boats outside. A very nice town to wander around in. In preperation for the next day we walked along the coast to the beach in Shela a 40 minute stroll. Had a drink in a posh bar overlooking the water nice drink, nicer view but higher prices. Back in Lamu town met two of the people from Malindi and arranged to meet for drinks that night. Had a couple of drinks did not stay long and then to bed. It was only now that we discovered we were right next to the bar and could here the music very loud. Managed to fall asleep eventually. The music however did go on until 4.00 as weekends are big party times on the island.
Second day walked along to Shela beach on the way witnessed some vigorous donkeys races and competive boat races, everyone apart from the donkeys seemed to be having a good time. Spent most of the day on the beach, wind whipped up the sand a bit but a nice beach and warm sea. We met a couple we had seen on the bus to Lamu and arranged to meet in the bar next to our bedroom. Had quite a few drinks, no point trying to sleep on Saturday night as the music was guarenteed to be even louder!
Next morning not feeling good, no not the drinks the night before. I had bad bad cramps and diaroeaha I had been to the toilet about twenty times in two hours. Tried to venture outside to find a chemist did not make had to turn back to the hotel made it just in time. Keeley came back with the drugs which I threw up first time. Did not do much that day.
Still not feeling so good but did make it out to the beach. On the way back the tide was in and we had to wade back. The water was sometimes nearly at waist level, it was quite good fun. We booked Dhow trip for tomorrow risking the dodgy belly.
Dhow trip stalled before it had begun when we could not move the Dhow out of the mud. A small spanner and a lot of pushing and we were afloat. The Dhow moved around a lot but after 15 minutes you could relax knowing it was not going to capsise despite appearences. Our companions on the boat were an Italian and an Argentian couple. We were all really bad at fishing, nothing was caught. We still got to eat fish at lunch as they had come prepared for our poor fishing skills. We lunched on Manda Island a nice quite island, however big ex-pat homes appearing I expect not to much space in a few years time. That night met the very nice Italina and Argentian had a few drinks played and lost twice to Satan at chess. With a name like Satan I should of guessed he would be good at chess.
Our Anniversary we treated ourselves to a swim in the posh hotel next door very cheap to go for a swim and no sand blowing everywhere. In fact Keeley and I were the only ones there. That night went to Whisperers for a nice dinner and a glass of wine. At the bar met the Italian and the Argentian for a few drinks before bed. Bumpy bus next!