Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mombasa Beach Trip

During the week of April 16th to the 23rd all of us took a 45 minute flight to the beach at Mombasa. We stayed at a cute little cottage at Diani Beach about 50 steps from the water. This place was unreal; the weather was amazing and the beach was absolutely beautiful at all times of day. At dusk and nighttime the white sand beach was glowing from the light of the moon. It felt like we were in an alternative universe or at the same beach from the movie Contact. (Just look it up if you’ve never seen the film, it is pretttty cool). We spent a lot of our time relaxing, reading, and swimming in the 80 degree ocean water. Everyday around 5:00pm we would eat delicious dinners made by our cook Hassani, giving Sandra a much needed break from the kitchen. Ali and Myles would get up every morning and go for a run down the beach like weirdos, but good for them. Towards the end of the week we took a van to old town Mombasa and spent the day there. It was one of the more interesting cities I have ever been to. The roads and alley ways were extremely random so the layout of the city made no sense at all. Mombasa’s architecture is a mixture between Kenyan, Indian, and Arabic styles. According to our guide the city was constructed for around 40,000 inhabitants when in reality there are around 1 million people living there. Needless to say, it seemed rather crowded there.
We left Mombasa and had a few days left to relax on the beach. We left on Saturday the 23rd to go back to Kijabe. The beach was wonderful, but we were all pretty glad to get back to Kijabe and wash off all the salt.

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