Ukunda and Diani

14 Dec

I rearranged my tent to A) face the sea breeze and B) watch my bike. I’ve grown suspicious here. A couple of pimps came to visit a local girl who’s been staying with a French guy and they took interest in the bike. I made sure they thought I was hanging around for a few more days. Also, and call me paranoid if you will, I watched as a guy stored a pair of bolt-cutters behind the bogs.

Security was on guard all night and I felt safe enough but glad to be leaving. I backtracked 3 miles in the cool(er) early morning and got back on the road to Tanzania.

Distracted by a bloody fight on the way out of Ukunda, I missed my opportunity to moonwalk the f*** out of there*

After an hour I stopped for a mango (15bob) with these lot:

I hit the countryside, open plains and shambas (hamlets). Excited children and surly, mean looking men greet me with smiles and ‘jambo sana’s alike.

After about 30 miles I take a left onto a 10 mile dirt road to Shimoni, stopping halfway for 3 bananas (10bob). After slip-sliding my way to the small coastal village I grab a boat to Wasini island.

There’s a strong sea breeze blowing into (and threatening to blow away) my tent. Very excited about that. I have 7 cups of sweet tea before a massive fish, veg and rice lunch.

This area is very muslim (moslem?) and everyone seems relaxed and kind, when not trying to fleece the mzungu. I keep being told ‘hakuna matata’ and ‘pole pole’ (slowly slowly).

*Welcome to the concept of moonwalking the f*** out of a place you don’t want to be in. Invented in Barcelona. Practise your moonwalk before you try it. You don’t want to look like an idiot.

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One Response to “Ukunda and Diani”

  1. Shem spiess December 15, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    As for our short stay at the campsite, it was fun and you empowered me to take the same ride in africa. I will make sure i take down the trip from kenya,tanzania,uganda,congo,rwanda and burundi just for solar aid.
    Take care jack.

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