Melting in Mombasa

We passed a small truck with animal carcasses swinging in the rear and a cart strapped down with vegetables. The carcasses were ravaged by flies and I realised I was looking at a butchers van. I tried to experience a culture shock, I tried, honestly I did but I guess I’m not the culture shock type. Our bus weaved it’s way through the busy streets as it transported us from the airport to the hotel so I sat back and admired the colorful vista of the Mombasa streets. It’s pissing down here and has been for a week so I’m reminiscing on a trip some years ago to beautiful Kenya.

The heat was tolerable, if you don’t mind being in a constant state of ‘wetness’ hmmm… sounds wrong but hey ho 😉. We had a chalet, well more of a posh hut –  it had air conditioning and the sweat dried once you manage to crawl in there. The staff in the hotel were so…. lovely and the breakfast ‘Egg Chef’ was a real character, a born entertainer. For some reason later in the day he told me about his grandfather who had been part of the Mau Mau uprising and hanged by the British. “What a fucked up world” I said.

“It is what it is,” he said and shrugged. I attempted to speak Swahili but only really managed to get as far as ‘Jambo.’ They told me it means hello but also ‘how are you doing?’ (not in a Joey from Friends way) it has many uses depending on how you phrase it, so I kinda stuck with Jambo. The hotel was a little dated but really comfortable sadly it was closed not long after we were there due to inter communal differences, that’s the British of saying, ‘shit storm.’ Take a look at before and after.

I met a lovely family from Geordie Land (they’re all lovely up there) the father didn’t believe in Sun Tan lotion and yes, we did explain that Sun Tan lotion is different from Father Christmas. Anyaways eventually we convinced him that 40 degrees in Africa is different from 20 degrees in Newcastle so he acquiesced. We didn’t see him the next day, his wife said he was in bed. Never having used any protection he didn’t really see the difference between Sun Tan lotion and After Sun.

One night we were visited by the local Masai tribe who danced for us. It was quite a spectacle and I had a go but I did feel uncomfortable that such an ancient proud people had to perform in hotels, there again maybe they thought it strange that westerners payed to see them doing something they enjoyed doing anyway?

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One night we had a bit of a gathering and one of the women placed a drink order with the waiter, something like five beers, two Gin and tonics, two Pina Coladas and two cokes. He looked at her and nodded. You know what? We never saw him again 😉 Oh well nice to remember the hot days in these days of rain and wind.

About charliecountryboy

Carpenter and Carpentry Lecturer. Writer, 5k and 10k runner, musician. Curious about life and all those wonderful people in it.
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37 Responses to Melting in Mombasa

  1. Wow did a storm really do that.. 😉

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  2. Interesting take on Sub-Saharan Africa.

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  3. Wild trip, thank you for sharing the photos. The one of the chalet/afterward was shocking. Plus the one of the sunburn… OMG! I got chills just looking at that one. I’ve had burns like that before, not pleasant at all! 🥵

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  4. I went to Nairobi for work once. I was there for five days – caught in a riot, taken to lunch at a country club, saw the Great Rift Valley. Can’t comment on it as a holiday destination but its height above sea level means it’s a tricky place to run a hatchery (due to the thin air) and an interesting place to visit.

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  5. The Hinoeuma says:

    How awful regarding the “shit storm”. That hotel just destroyed…

    And, have mercy…that man’s bare ass…😳

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  6. sheqoz.com says:

    You should visit again, l’ve been away for a little over 10 years and the difference is breath taking 😀

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  7. ChecheWinnie says:

    Wow!!! You are in my beautiful country. Enjoy all the fun

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  8. kerbey says:

    Jambo,huh? What fun experiences you have. The little huts did look cute before they were ruined. I bet he can still feel that burn!

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  9. The sell of vegetables here certainly differ from the USA’s farmers’ markets.

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  10. Looks like you had a interesting trip

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  12. Laleh Chini says:

    Happy thanksgiving.

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  13. englepip says:

    Lovely to read about Kenya. Last time I was there was 1987! 9 years before you. We travelled widely and also learned that waiters often can’t fulfil the order and don’t like to lose face – so end up bringing nothing!!

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