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Another Birthday in Diani

Back in February, we went to Diani Beach for my birthday. In July, we went back for J’s birthday. Why go back to the same place? For starters, Diani is the best beach in the whole world. And, we wanted to learn how to kite surf.

When we went last time, there was no wind. This time, the wind was great! So we took some lessons and got to have a nice mix of action/adventure along with relaxing on the beach.

How did we do? Pretty well I think. We have a bit more to do before we can go off on our own. But we made decent progress. J almost completed the intermediate level and I got into the intermediate level.

IKO Certification Cards

IKO Certification Cards

I wound up stopping for a bit because the helmet you need to wear when you’re learning kept banging my helix piercing and really irritated it. Word to the wise: don’t wear a hoop (however small) when learning how to kite surf. (If you have a navel piercing you will need to remove it as the harness will push hard against it and it will really hurt.)

Also, keep in mind, if the harness they give you doesn’t quite work, say something. J pushed through for while until we realized he probably bruised a rib from the harness. He switched to a different kind and was fine. Had he switched early on his rib wouldn’t have gotten that bad.

Me learning how to control the kite

Me learning how to control the kite

J getting used to controlling the kite with one hand

J getting used to controlling the kite with one hand

I’ll post more on our kite surfing adventure in a later post and will also include photos and a review of the surf shop we used.

What else did we do? We also made it out to Forty Thieves, where we watched the World Cup. (Post on Forty Thieves to come soon.) Other than that, there was a lot of time relaxing in the warm sun.

Camels walking along the beach

Camels walking along the beach

Looking up at the palms

Looking up at the palms

Dhow on the beach

Dhow on the beach

It's not Diani without monkeys

It’s not Diani without monkeys

I love Diani so much!

Time Flies

And just like that, we hit three years. Time really does fly. It’s really been three years.

We’ve explored a ton, but we still want to see more of Kenya and of Africa. We’ve learned a lot, and are still learning something new almost every day. We’ve made great friends and keep making more. The journey has been great so far and I’m excited to say that it will continue.

We’ve just signed on for another two years. Here’s looking forward to more adventure!


It’s hard, damned near impossible, to find good coffee in Nairobi. I had heard that Spring Valley Coffee was good. However, I never made it there because getting in and out of that shopping center (on Lower Kabete Road, same center as the Total Station) is a nightmare. Well, now, everything changed.

They’ve opened a shop in the new food court area of Village Market. Now, it’s easy for me to get good coffee, including whole or freshly ground beans. It’s a big improvement in the quality of our life!

If you’re not near Village Market or Spring Valley, then I am sorry. You will have to make do. If there are other places for great coffee (Wasp & Sprout is nice but the coffee doesn’t compare to Spring Valley Coffee) please put that information into the comments!


Wapi means where in Swahili. In Nairobi, you’ll hear a lot of, “iko wapi…?” Translated to English, this means, “where is…”—insert whatever the person is looking for. WAPI Box, however, is all about “where” in a good way. It’s about where to get cool stuff that is local.

The company, WAPI?, puts it best:

Nairobi is full of hidden treasures. WAPI? enables you to discover the best of what your city has to offer, connecting you with local businesses, artisans and initiatives which meet your needs and interests.

WAPI? works with local businesses, artisans and initiatives to increase their visibility, reach and impact. WAPI? provides a range of options to help you find local, authentic, meaningful products and experiences, according to your needs and interests, away from the dining, shopping and social experiences offered by go-to malls.

The way it works is quite simple. Much like monthly boxes you can subscribe to in the U.S., WAPI? Box lets you sign up for a three-, six-, or twelve-month subscription or you can order month by month.

I ordered my first box in May and it was delivered to my door, no problem. I loved what I got. This included some dried mango, a necklace, soap, hand cream, and some cool little patches to put onto denim.

I highly recommend WAPI? if you’re interested in local, artisan items. You can buy one box just to give it a try.


Review: greenspoon

One of the things I miss about life in New York is the convenience of things. You can walk to most places. You have public transportation for when you can’t walk. And you can order in just about anything.

In many parts of Nairobi, delivery is an option. For me, on the edge of the city, it’s not easy. So, I’m really happy when I find someone or someplace that can deliver to me. Enter greenspoon, my latest find!

Greenspoon is an online grocery and beer/wine seller. You simply go online, pick what you want, pay (various types of mobile money (I use Mpesa), Visa, or MasterCard), and then your items are delivered to you. You get it the next day if you order before 3pm. It’s that easy!

They sell a wide variety of items. Everything is from artisan producers and local farmers. Not everything is always in stock—but that’s part of the deal when you’re shopping from artisan producers, plus the site is well designed and it’s clear when things are out of stock.

If you’re in Nairobi and want to get great food brought right to your doorstep, check out greenspoon.