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Makongeni - Week 3

sunny 28 °C

October 1st - October 7th

Okay, so Friday afternoon was pretty good! We headed out with Rosie and Beverly on matatus, not chucking people off this time though, and went to a local market which was just a 10min ride from Makongeni. We drove up and were hit with so much COLOUR! It was amazing... and i went a bit mad. We were all wandering around, and surprisingly we were left well alone - no "mazungu" shouting or crowding round us or just generally being annoying.. which in the end made us spend more money because we felt comfortable to look without being forced. Maybe they really do know the secret to customer service out here.. they should let the boys on the beach in on the secret too though! I was being calm and holding onto my money with the good auld phrase "i don't need it" then BAM! - i see sparkles. Now, i'm a girl who like her sparkles, wether it be a diamond (I WISH!), some nice high heels, or if i'm feeling adventurous - a dress... so i didn't stop myself and bought two bits of material, a red coloured Indian looking piece and a silvery piece, just for £10! I didn't think that was to bad to be honest, that was until Lauren went "So Ann, what you gonna do with them?" SHIT. "erm... make... cushions?" PHEW. That went down a treat, so if anyone asks, thats what i'm doing with them.. but really all i do is hold them up and stare at there beautifulness :D knew you shouldn't have let me be in control of my own money eh daddy?
We then got back in matatus and... got stopped by police! Always a delight to be shit scared by police.. even more of a treat in a country you don't know that well! As we pulled in a guy in the front beside the driver jumped out and hid in the bushes, didn't really pay much attention to it until after the car had been checked and the driver was pulling out, the same guy ran along side the car and managed to jump in as the car was moving!! Apparently you are only allowed to carry 14 people on a matatu, although ours was carrying 21 at one point - just imagine, kids sitting on knees, 4/5people squished onto three seats, people hanging out of an open door and sudden stops, sweaty bodies, avioding pot holes at every given opportunity and general crazyness... you getting the picture? haha.
Ukunda market was really good and i have to say i didn't actually buy that much apart from two pairs of earings, which i haven't worn yet - but i swear i WILL find an outfit to go with them! haha. We also got a tour round the 'Masai Club', which is a verrrrry dusty night club bang smack in the middle of the town. Haven't made it there yet but you never know what the last week will hold! After a pretty hectic day, the plan was to stay out at 40's for dinner, and then party on into the night.. nah! We were all slobbed out on the sofas by 9pm and the taxis were ordered for 10pm. Although as we waited, Sarah and i did have a nice wee run around the beach avoiding the 100+ crabs that appear at night, and then had a stroll along the shore in the dark talking, a nice end to a nice day :)
Saturday was the usual day at the beach - chilled, with food and tannage. Although at night was when it got wild... i will continue!
We had heard a lot about this club called Shakatak - in all the guide books it's described as 'seedy', somewhere you won't want to be long, but an experience none the less! So we thought we would give it a shot as well as an outside bar called Tandori for pre-drinks.. oh, and what an amazing start to an amazing night, with a few hiccups on the way though. This bar was a little strange though, the toilets are AWFUL but the music makes up for it - and the free condoms dispenser? Just an extra treat, not. You can tell why they are there though, the bar was filled with prostitutes, skimpy clothes that looked like t-shirts with a belt, and the worst bit? The white guys "dancing" with them on the dancefloor.. get a ROOM! Aw man, boke. As we where in Tandori bar about to head to Shakatak, a thirty second walk away, Bryony decided to collapse - i know she picks her moments eh? We figured out she got heat stroke from being in the sun all day, hadn't drunk enough water and the Smirnoff's just weren't doing the job! Luckily the truck was there as back up for us as Edward (our driver) doesn't like Shakatak for white people and almost refused to take us cause he didn't want us to get in any trouble with the locals, so he took Bryony home and Emma went with her because she had her diving course in the morning, it was gutting to see them go but it was best!
Then the rave started - we put neon paint on our arms for Shaks and it was worth it! Some sleasy black men seemed to like my booty shaking a wee bit to much so when ever one would try to grind up against me, i would spin round and the paint from my arms would go on their shirts - a warning to my later drunken self to STAY AWAY! haha. Rosie and Gladys came out with us and we decided to hit up 40's to finish off the night with style. Taxi? Yes, why thanks, we shall squeeze six of us into a four seater because we're tight like that! A rule about going out is that unless you sign a liability form you must come back to camp in the truck at 1am... but the other Camp Kenya brats (yes, the Aussies where back in force) weren't allowed to do this because they get insanely drunk and aren't trusted, so as we headed into 40's at 1am when it just started getting really good, the Camps kids where heading out... WAYYYY! Wee shame though, some of the nice British ones wanted to stay with us but where ushered out as soon as the words came out of their mouths. This is where we met Ben and Jimmy, white Kenyans, older and quite a treat for the eyes.. it could have seemed like that because of all the free shots and drinks Tina and i where getting off them though! The night ended short at 4:30am and we headed back to camp... what. a. night.
We went to Pinewood Beach Resort at the other end of Diani Beach on Sunday because some of us had planned to go Jet-skiing.. but the night before had taken it's toll on some of us.. Exhibit A - Lauren being sick in a bush at the office, Exhibit B - Lauren falling asleep on the toilet, Exhibit C - Keira hungoverly cutting her toe open, Exhibit D - me having thee worst tummy pains everrr... the list goes on! To be honest though, the resort wasn't the best, these people who pay all this money to go Kenya don't ever see the REAL Kenya people fall in love with, as soon as you go through the resort gates they are shut tight and you are made to believe it is all white beaches and luxury food and lovely rooms... where the real Kenya is right outside, full of amazing people, great atmosphere and adventure!.. with beaches there if you want them!
Monday was porridge day for me and Katie and even though it is a completely worth while cause, we got a little bored as the mama took over the making of the porridge and we were left to just put cups out while we waited on the porridge to cool. But playing with the kids and doing the Hokey Kokey got the mood up beat again! I taught maths with Sarah in the afternoon and our class where an absolute dream, really enthusiastic for the work that we had set them and enjoyed the games we had made up for them too! Jen, Bryony, Tina and I where late back for the coconut gathering that we where told nothing about and had to run through the village with the boys trying to remember our way back to the coconut site we where meant to be at. You don't understand how frustrating it is trying to get an African man to walk fast when their countries phrase is "Hakuna Matata" (no worries) and they constantly say "Pole Pole" (slowly, slowly) - sums it up yeah? The coconut climbing was good and i have to say i didn't get very high at all, although Saife got 3/4 of the way to the top - show off! ha. An old man climbed up and got some Palm Wine for us, can't say i enjoyed it too much though, and Salim and i shared the last of it.. although i'm sure he got all the good bits and i got the dregs! Bleugh. After that we enjoyed the sunset with everyone at the mangroves, was really really nice! Went back to see Lauren have her braids finally being finished off, she suits it SO much! I said she should have put shells on the end to be like Monica from "Friends" but she was having none of it... ha!
Tuesday was another Mamas house day but i have to say i noticed quite a bit of tension between Bryony, Katie and Ben towards Salim.. rather awkward at times as Lauren and i watched on as they became quite blunt with him, but i later found out that one of the other village boys who is apparently jealous of Salims sponsorship through priamary and secondary school told them a rather harsh rumour about Salim, and trusting the other boys honesty they began to notice things. It was a complete lie, and it was soon all back to normal, but it was such an awkward morning! While walking about the village you notice people who might live 30mins away suddenly appear wherever you are.. and it got me thinking - i bet they have walkie talkies EVERYWHERE! That baby you hear crying in the pram isn't actually crying its screaming "The white people are passing - heading towards the chipati house, corner them at the banana stand!!" and then the fruit monger phones ahead on his walkie saying "they are heading round the back of the school, pretend you are playing football!!". Sounds daft - but i wouldn't put it past them... they appear everywhere! ha. Some of us went to the lake for the first time tonight, was so tranquil and just.. nice. We sat with the local boys and just chatted while the sun set, and it just felt like a normal group of friends hanging out, making jokes at other people expense and talking about music etc. Apparently the lake is there because they had some serious flooding one year and so much so that it brought a hippo inland and it lived in the lake up until 3years ago because someone killed it cause it was eating all the farmers crops! Poor thing. We walked back through the village and Salim got some of his acrobatic club kids to do some stunts, although he wouldn't perform any himself.. to which i said "well you know, those who can't do, teach." That got him in gear - hello tower of five people with him at the base! ha. Katie was cycling round on the front of Muhamads bicycle while Ben sat in the grass talking to another couple of guys.. and then, at that moment i knew, we where settled here.
Wednesday was much the same on the teaching front, Sarah and I slowly falling more in love with our class! Later on in the evening Bryony, Saife and I went for a walk round the coconut trees where we bumped into Amos and Tina on a stroll on their own, although the raised eyebrows of Tina told me something wasn't quite right so we arranged to meet up in 20mins at the mangroves for the sundown, where Tina explained that Amos had taken her on a walk so he could ask her for money. It really got to Tina, and rightly so to be honest, i would have been heartbroken if Saife or any of the other guys had asked me for money because what does that mean - that all this friendship has been for one thing, more schillings in their pockets? It made the whole camp a bit on edge as more of the boys asked for walks alone, but we all stuck together and worked through/avoided it. Although Keira couldn't avoid Rajabs questions on her sex life and if she wanted a chocolate baby with a Kenyan boyfriend, que to run i think!
Thursday - HALF WAY!
Thursday was a usual day of working and in the evening we sat on the grass playing two truths one lie with Salim, Rajid, Saife and Amos. I was wearing a three-quarter sleeve white top with buttons down the chest and one on each sleeve with a nice red printed skirt. Rajids "truths" where, i work as a teacher, i went to Makongeni Primary School, and someone in this circle only has 7buttons on their top. I had nine, one on each sleeve and a spare one on the side and seven on the chest, as all the faces turned to my chest it brought much hilarity/shock as everyone realised what he had been staring at for some time to be able to count them out... little perve! ha. At night after dinner we all sat around the sofas at the mess hut and said some truths and random facts about ourselves - plus V plates and no's. It was really funny as we slowly got more out of people as the night went on.

I know it has taken me over a month to put this on - but if you where in a place like this, would you want to be stuck in an IT room?! haha


Posted by annscarr 03:07 Archived in Kenya

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