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Oct 22, 2008 - Malindi - to be with Italian tourists

We arrive in Malindi in the afternoon and decide to stroll down the beach and enjoy the sunset. We meet a man. A skinny, spitting man with worn clothes and a somehow desperate look. We decide simultaniously that this man is trustworthy. We show up the following day at 11 am as agreed to meet this drugaddict looking creature. He was going to make us a feast with lobster, crab and prawns. His stories of this feast make us long to eat, not having eaten the entire morning. So we give hime 700 shilling (10 Can or 50Kr)and of course, (but still...

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Nov 28, 2006 - Watamu, Kenya

We took a one-flight from Nairobi east to the beach town of Watamu, Kenya, to spend the weekend near the Indian Ocean. The most striking feature in Watamu is the beach itself. It's a beautiful, white-sand beach with many rock islands popping out of the water. The third largest ocean reef lies just offshore, so it's a haven for tropical fish and divers alike. In the airport, we met a very nice American named Jody. He has lived in Watamu for years, and his family is in the casino business all over Africa. We met up for drinks, and he...

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Feb 18, 2006 - Turtle Bay

We headed to the airport early on Saturday. It was a pleasant drive. I was a bit worried about the size of the plane but it turned out to be a full sized jet so everything was ok. Although it still was a bit bumpy during landing. But there was no vomit. We arrived at the little Malindi airport. As we exited the plane we were smacked in the face by a stifling humidity. It was hot and muggy. Not as bad as Lamu last year, but pretty close. There was about a 40 minute drive through scenery and picturesque small villages. We arrived at the...

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Jan 8, 2006 - When in Malindi...

While I've heard and seen the English micro-nation in Benidorm, the French package-tour magnet at Senegal's Saly Portugal and hordes of Aussies I'd probably preferred to have avoided at Kuta Beach, Bali, I really wasn't expecting to find that the Kenyan seaside town of Malindi has been virtually colonised by Italians. But it has. Make no mistake, this is the real deal. After arriving late yesterday and evacuating our dive of a hotel (yes, yes, you get what you pay for), we found an atmospheric little place that served great pasta and...

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Jan 3, 2006 - Wallowing on the Swahili Coast

Firstly a BIG Happy New Year to you all ! The next part of our travels took us across the border and north to the small town of Malindi on the Kenyan coast. It read nicely in our Lonely Planet but turned out quite the opposite. Set in an idyllic location, Malindi was jam packed full of 5-Star resorts catering to the wealthy package tourist, some of whom were treating the local people particularly badly. It was interesting to see just how far the money from the tourist industry went in Malindi - about one street back. Behind this was dirt...

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Oct 13, 2005 - Planes, boats, and tour buses.

I am officially now a tourist in Africa. I didn't feel like a tourist for the first month of my trip but that changed during the last few days. So far I've been bounced around on too many boats to mention, risked my life traveling the highways of Kenya in tour buses, boarded planes originally built by the Wright brothers and seen more German people than Africans. Don't get me wrong some places have been totally awesome but everything feels kind of rushed here, nothing like the African way I've grown to love. Not to mention I'm totally...

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Apr 22, 2005 - South Africa - Kenya

This may come as a bit of a shock, and we apologise for the delay for creating an entry. We are now in Kenya and will be landing back in England on the 12th May. Shortly before we left as I said in the last update, I (adam that is) broke my foot, basically we thought we would be alright, and the doctor seemed to agree on the Monday. However on arrival to Cape Town we realised I could not go much further than 100m on a single crutch without being in a lot of pain, to add to this, the weather was pretty poor (raining and colder than at home),...

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