Guys! I’m back in my favorite place in the whole world! WATAMU! I love, love, LOVE Watamu. It’s a magical town located about 100km North of Mombasa and 20km South of Malindi. I came here for the first time in June, fell in love with it and now I’m back for more. But I’ll tell you more about Watamu and the lovely hotel we’re staying at this time later. Why? Because right now I want to tell you about the bus ride from HELL that we had to take to get here.
First of all, I will fully admit that it is entirely due to an acute lack of planning that we (Mr. Big and I) couldn’t find space on any flight and ended up taking the bus in the first place. We should have booked flights much earlier. We should have planned way better. I AM SORRY that we failed so miserably at planning, mother universe, but I still don’t believe that this was just cause to be punished so harshly!
So. About the bus ride from hell.
I was told we would be travelling on a luxury bus. That it would feel like being in economy class on a budget airline. That it would have AC. That it would have WiFi! Instead, what showed up to pick us at the bus terminal looked like it was used in 1945 to transport World War II veterans back from war torn Germany. And had been in use every day since.
Our rusty disaster of a “machine” squeaked, rattled and damn near fell apart at every corner on the way from Nairobi to Watamu. The seats stunk, the windows couldn’t open, I’m pretty sure I raptured my spleen on one of those potholes AND there was an old cucu singing ancient (and HAUNTING!) Kikuyu spirituals for the entire journey. A journey that took 12 miserable hours. Did you hear me? 12. Hours. It was. Torture.
I have learned my lesson though. I have already started planning for my next vacation. 12 months in advance.
Nonetheless, we made it to Watamu and were very warmly received by our hosts at Saba Saba. I can’t wait to tell you all about this place in a few days!
P.S. – It’s only Mr. Big and I on this trip. Ella is on vacation with her dad. Did somebody say mommy vacation? *pops bottle of champagne*
P.S.S. – I’ve never blogged while traveling before. This is fun!