…We’re getting there. Bit by bit. In the meantime, I’ll resume normal posts starting next week.
Things are starting to get back to normal. Most places are open. Everything still feels a bit weird. Kenyans are resilient, as are expats. We’ll get back to normal.
By now you’ve heard the news. At time of writing, people are starting to get evacuated but it’s not over yet. Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this is happening on the third anniversary of El Adde. The UN and all embassies went into lockdown. Some of those lockdowns are released now. There are road blocks and checkpoints everywhere. A lot of places are closed and probably will be for a couple days. People are being told to stay home. Our family luckily lives and works nowhere near the Dusit. We are safe. That’s it for now. I’ll be home counting my blessings. I will write more in a couple days.
Once again, we spent Christmas in Kenya. I’ll write more about the holiday itself in an upcoming post. This post is about the drive down. J. had gone via car with his family when he lived in Kenya in the 1980s. This was our first time driving together and it was his first time driving the car down himself. We researched it. We got lots of advice. We were prepared for everything. Mombassa Highway is a decent enough road as far as how well it’s paved. The issues about driving it have to do with traffic and idiot drivers. Luckily, we made it without a hitch. Much of that is luck. We didn’t have too many idiot drivers in the way. There weren’t any big accidents. But part of why the drive went well was planning. First, we left early, just as dawn broke. We wanted to beat the traffic. The two places where there are major chokeholds are Athi River and Machakos. Leaving super early really helped because we beat the traffic. Once we …
On the way back from Samburu, we stopped in Nanyuki for lunch at The Trout Tree. It was a well-timed stop and the perfect way to wrap up our long weekend. And, being right off the main road, it was super easy. The restaurant is built around a tree and it farms trout, hence the name. The atmosphere is very Swiss Family Robinson. The service is great. The food is great. It’s all around a great place for lunch. The only thing is that you do need to watch out for monkeys. You’ll be given a stick to ward them off. Be vigilant. There is a 100% chance they will make a hard play for your food. If you’re in Nanyuki, definitely pop in.