-- Nairobi, very early in the
morning: Iím back in Kenya, and boy does
it feel good.
I got off the LHR-NBO plane
yesterday at 7.50 a.m. and my first task was to go to
the wonderful Nakumatt and pick up provisions.
This time Iím staying in
Nairobi, holing up at a friendís house in
Westlands while she works in London.
Packing to come here, I came
across one of my old shopping lists from when my
friend Jane and I set up in Mtwapa two months ago:
Gas for stove and
Anything that we didnít eat from
that list is now in a lovely hand beaten metal
trunk at our friendís house in Mombasa.
Mtwapa times were brilliant Ė
from the impromptu fish barbeque at the cottage
following a day of rock oyster catching, to eating
out at Little Chef, to a carefree and fly road
trip to Shimoni, there are so many wonderful
memories to choose from.
Kenya certainly knows how to spin
I am looking forward to seeing
what dances Nairobi will take me on.
Fresh off the plane yesterday Iíve
spent my time fitting in a yoga class and catching
up with friends.
Yoga, pink gin and laughs Ė the
perfect combination for getting rid of plane-ache.
Plans so far include meeting up
with some friends who work as journalists for the
United Nations information network.
In London I was given membership
of the Royal Commonwealth Society, so I
also hope to check out their reciprocating clubs
here, Nairobi Club and the East Africa
Aeroclub (though I might have to brush up on
my engineering plane chat for the last one).
Today is a day for work work work.
I donít think I came to Kenya
just to fill in my tax return, but with my
paperwork taking up most of my baggage, at the
moment it does seem that way.
I am also going to follow up a
couple of leads for apartment rentals Ė one a
beautiful little cottage in Kitisuru, and the
other an apartment in the compound where Iím
presently staying with the most stunning polished
floors Iíve ever seen in my life.
There is also the possibility of a
'guest room' on a tea estate outside Limuru.
Sublime thoughts: Tea for two,
farm fresh early morning 'chai' before breakfast.
Hello Nairobi, low
may I have this dance?