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Coastweek -- We
moved in to the cottage in the first week of
on the creek at Mtwapa
stop was Nawal and Lulu Centres, under the
direction of our resident expert, Khadijha, to
the cottage kitted out with essential kit
-- We moved in to the cottage in the
first week of January, my friend Jane and me.
Here for a month from New York and
London, in theory we’re here to write.
But really we’ve been swimming
in a bath of loveliness that is the warmth,
hospitality, charm and general mash-up of Mombasa
and its people.
First stop was Nawal and Lulu
Centres, under the direction of our resident
expert, Khadijha, to get the cottage kitted out
with essential kit:
old skool camping cups,
mozzy nets and
We keep them in a tin trunk we had
made for us by Peter who keeps a stall up the
"Can you stamp ‘Peter’s
Trunks of Mombasa’ on it please?"
"You want my name on it?
"Ok, write down exactly the
It’s only as I go to pick it
up later, that he asks, "so, what does ‘trunks’
"This," I say,
pointing at the shiny new trunk in front of us.
"This is a trunk."
"Ah, we call it boxeys
I go running at 6.00 a.m. every
day, which is truly amazing given the
record-breaking amount of wine I’ve put away the
People in the village come out of
their homes, brushing their teeth, and wave at me
as I puff past.
Hardly any of them are falling
about laughing at my jogging ‘technique’.
A chap calls something to me in
"Just Do it!" he
translates into the universal language of Nike.
Mombasa, I love you.
-- "Can you stamp
‘Peter’s Trunks of Mombasa’ on it
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