Ive titled this blog as if I were still in Watamu... And I wish I was! But that was back in the half term break, it wasnt all that long ago however time has been flying past without a care, only three weeks left and we would've completed our 1st year teaching at Braeburn!! Quite incredible to think Ive been away for 10 months already! And life in Kenya keeps getting better and better....
Our half term break was a much needed holiday away from Braeburn, it can become quite intense here! The Braeburn bubble we are live in ocassionally needs a big pin in it!
We set off on the Wednesday morning as early as the first flight to Mombassa would allow. I was amazed at the breakfast we were treated to on the short flight and I even managed three yoghurts and two coisants!! Due to Sean feeling a little worse for wear! From here we caught a matatu up to Watamu, a journey I was expecting to be one hundred times worse than the luxury drive we actually faced! As soon as we arrived in Watamu the next challenge was to find our address... This was an interesting task! We had rented a house complete with a pool and chef for the four days! Luxury at very little cost, a massive highlight of life in Kenya!!
The challenge of finding such residence was problematic. The locals were extremely helpful and all wanted to assist in someway! We found ourselves riding round from place to place in a Tuk-Tuk (small taxis.. I want one!) To our suprise once we found our home, they werent expecting us... Error!! But lucky for us no-one else had made a booking so the house was available! They welcomed us and Alfred (our chef) got straight to work with a quick clean and tidy!! This gave us a chance to dive in the pool and cool off before lunch and a shopping trip!
Our days were mainly spent by the pool or at the beach! It was so good to relax and enjoy ourselves! We did have a day out to the forest, where we saw two Elephant Shrews!!! They are one of the funniest animals I have ever seen!! Long noses, very ele[hant like with short little bodies and skinny legs!! I had hoped to see them but never thought we stood a chance (we are not very quiet! And had set out in search slightly late in the day!) To get to the forest we took a motorbike taxis! This was so much fun and would definately recommend it as the best way to travel!
A night out including "Bango" music, the traditional music of Watamu... A Tuk-Tuk journey... And slapsh in the pool on our return at 3-4am!!! Followed by a day in bed nursing our hang overs! Brilliant! We recovered in time for more fun in the late afternoon! The local bar was a lot of fun, pool competitions (I won someones hat!! But then had to give it back as he was very upset!! Not sure it was because he lost to a girl or that he was so attached to his hat!!) Bango music (very random mix using as many instruments asa possible!)
The coast is stunning, white sand cool blue sea, sea breeze not to mention the peace and quiet! But all holidays come to an end.. We headed to Malindi to fly home. Malindi a small town with plenty of action. A few games of beach football were being played where we witnessed one of the best goals you'll see, a sweet free kiick sailing into the top corner!
No-one likes it when a holiday os over so we got round to talking of our next possible trip before we broke up for "summer" holidays! Naivasha fpr the weekend...
We have just returned from this trip, just a two day get away which felt like ages!! We stayed in a great house, with stunning views and yes it had a pool!! It was great to relax again and forget all about report writing and assessments! A great couple of days, I'd certainly go back to that house!