The night was great as we had air conditioning and a fan and very comfortable beds with mosquito nets. However when I stepped out of the room at 9.30am the heat and humidity hit me like a brick wall. It took a while to get used to it and luckily the wind picked up again.
We were woken by the cleaning personnel. You would think that opening the door sleepily in your underwear would be a good sign that you are not ready for a towel change at this point. The three ladies pushed past my roommate though and proceeded to stand by my bed and stare at me as if they couldn’t believe that someone could sleep that long. It was pretty surreal. They then made up the room including my roommate’s bed. I refused to get up as I had nowhere to go so my bed remains unmade until now.
After breakfast that mostly consisted of me waving away the hundreds of flies that seem to love this place, and especially so when food is around, some of us walked along the beach to the lighthouse. The beach front consists of simple beach bars, there is a fancy hotel here and there are touristy shops and cafes at the back. The place is bigger than I expected, I assume that in high season there will be hundreds of tourists here. You can do all types of activities of course including show cruises at sunset. There is a spa and some vendors come up to you to sell their stuff but it’s not annoying, however I heard that it’s not necessarily safe at night, and also the sea has urchins. In fact the woman sitting at the next table just stepped on one and there is much drama going on at present. The sand is white and clean though, the sea light blue, and there are a bunch of colorful fish.
We went into the aquarium by the lighthouse, mostly because the walk had been a bit longer than expected and we desperately needed shade. The aquarium is actually more of a turtle sanctuary. They have all sizes and I played with the babies as well as fed the huge turtles with lettuce. I had covered up with long sleeves and my wrap pants to avoid having to be slathered in suncream but the guide kept staring at me. Finally at the end of the tour he asked me if I was a body builder and he didn’t accept my answer. I guess to the short-ish and mostly slim Africans I must look like Xena the Warrior Princess. In fact there are masai warriors at the beach and they are about half my size. They do however wear incredibly ugly white plastic sandals that don’t go at all with their red wraps and spears, I couldn’t top that if I tried.
The aquarium also had a monitor lizard, a boa constrictor, dolphin skulls and the skeleton of a whale, but that was it.
We had a smoothie at another bar on the way back as well as a Zanzibar spice cake which tasted a bit like gingerbread, and we walked away from the beach through the area of the locals. People were fixing boats, praying or just hanging out in the shade. Lots of kids were around, all of them greeting us in Swahili with “Jambo”, some of them adding a cheeky “give me money!!!”.
I am back at the beach bar now with plans to do absolutely nothing for the rest of the day. Swimming, having cocktails and reading counts as nothing.