January 8, 2011
Senya seemed thrilled to be in Mombasa last night. She slept for the full duration of the 50 minute flight from Nairobi, and she woke with enthusiasm for the new climate and surroundings. It is much warmer here on the coast than it was in Nairobi. Pleasantly and surprisingly, our rental car (is nice, first of all, and also) has air conditioning. That will really give us an unprecedented advantage over the sub-equatorial heat here. The driver’s seat is on the right, the stick shift is on the left, and you are supposed to drive on the left side of the road (unless you are swerving to miss craters, goats, chickens pushcarts, trash-fires, or slow cars) so that makes for an interesting experience.
The car also has a tape deck which allows us to use my iPhone for music. So, as Collin navigated our air conditioned car down the hectic, winding streets of Mombassa, across the ferry and down Digo road (yes, it’s really called that) our soundtrack was Dashboard Confessional and Jimmy Eat World. Senya was kicking her legs and giggling in full support of the tunes we selected for our road trip to our cottage.
We arrived last night to what used to be Rosy’s Cottages; it is now operated under different management and is called Sunrise Cottages. For the past two visits we’ve made here (2008 & 2009), we have stayed in cottage 5 here. This year, that cottage was occupied, so they put us in cottage number 1. Collin got us set up with internet via a USB drive so now we have internet everywhere we go here in Kenya. Senya seems to be in heaven here. She is happy every moment that she is awake. Actually, she even laughs in her sleep.