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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!

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