Just when it seemed we’d never be able to get away to start our holiday in Kenya, the fundi called to say our car was ready! We were already a day late and when he called me to collect the car it was already afternoon and I still had to get a new tyre put on as driving to Kenya on a tyre with a big bump sticking out of it would just have been asking for trouble. Decisions, decision, decisions. Should we leave straight away in the afternoon or leave bright and early the next morning?
Being the person I am, I thought why wait? Let’s go as soon as the new tyre is on. It was when the tyre fundi was showing me a nail sticking out of the left front tyre that I happened to glance up and notice that the new car licence I’d paid for in December while I was away had never been put up. I’d been driving around for close on 4 months with a car licence that had expired the beginning of December! Not good, I’d been lucky to get away with it! Now I had a new decision, should I chance driving in a foreign country with an expired licence, or should I wait a day to sort it out? Being somewhat of a risk-taker or just plain stupid (I confuse the two) I decided to chance it. I wasn’t even sure we’d get through the border with an expired licence, but it was worth a shot!
Mombasa was hectic with long queues of trucks everywhere and I did the whole illegal thing, and overtook a whole lot of them by driving on the dirt sidewalk. I’m sure we should have by-passed Mombasa, but somehow we drove through all the parts of it with heavy traffic, getting completely lost and having no idea where we were, I just kept heading in what I thought was north, and by some miracle we accidentally made it onto the right road to Watamu.
Now at Watamu, with its beautiful beaches, let the holiday begin!