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Mombasa

Written on: Friday December 7th, 2012

A journal entry from: Clea's Kenya

We started off our long winter vacation with an overnight train from Nairobi to Mombasa. The trip has a bit of a mixed reputation, to say the least, but I at least found it quite good. We left at night, had dinner on the train, slept, and then woke up going through beautiful countryside. We arrived in Mombasa around 11, only about an hour late.

 

In Mombasa, we stayed in a place that cost $13 a night, for a single room with bathroom! I thought it was very good, although, being at a rather major intersection and just across from a mosque with a very loud loudspeaker, it wasn't the most peaceful place. Mind you, Mombasa really isn't terribly peaceful, at least the old town part where we were.

 

Mombasa is a much older city than Nairobi, having been an important port since at least the 12th century. It was often under foreign domination, including by the Portuguese who built an impressive fort. It had trade from all over, including Europe and China as well as the Middle East. Because of its history, the old town is made up of tiny winding streets and old houses. 

 

Despite the chaos and the fact that Mombasa is really hot, at least compared to Nairobi, I quite liked it for the simple reason that it has great food. Being on the coast, seafood is of course a big part of the diet. Also, because of its history as a port city, the food and drink has been influenced by other parts of the world. They have great coffee that is flavoured with cardamom, heavenly shawarmas, and great curries.

 

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