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Coastweek -- We moved in to the cottage in the first week of January.

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Living on the creek at Mtwapa

First stop was Nawal and Lulu Centres, under the
direction of our resident expert, Khadijha, to get
the cottage kitted out with essential kit

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Coastweek -- 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,

  • coffee pots,

  • mozzy nets and

  • wine.

We keep them in a tin trunk we had made for us by Peter who keeps a stall up the road.

"Can you stamp ‘Peter’s Trunks of Mombasa’ on it please?"

Peter laughs.

"You want my name on it?

"Really?

"Ok, write down exactly the exact words."

It’s only as I go to pick it up later, that he asks, "so, what does ‘trunks’ mean?"

"This," I say, pointing at the shiny new trunk in front of us.

"This is a trunk."

"Ah, we call it boxeys here."

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 night before.

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 Swahili.

"Sorry, what?"

"Just Do it!" he translates into the universal language of Nike.

Mombasa, I love you.

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Coastweek -- "Can you stamp ‘Peter’s Trunks of Mombasa’ on it please?"

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