Last week I spent four days in Nairobi, Kenya, for work. I dragged my camera there with me but didn’t really have any opportunities to take serious photos – just to instagram some of the things that caught my fancy. I have been to Kenya four times now – three times for work and once for the most amazing holiday in Mombasa and Diani Beach (which I would recommend to anyone). The work trips all involve a lot of time inside conference venues, and going out on the town is not wildly encouraged by work particularly in light of recent explosions etc in the city. This time I was very lucky to be with a great group of people and on the Tuesday night we went out to a local bar because the Americans wanted to try “local” food, and on the Wednesday one of my colleagues who is based in Nairobi took us for hot-pot at her favourite Chinese restaurant. Nairobi is not what you’d call beautiful – lots of old grey buildings that have seen better days, and lots of architecturally-questionable new structures. But I really enjoy going to Kenya, there is a great vibe about it.
Once again I was taken aback at how easily available (and free) wifi is – much more so than here. And while my hotel room in Nairobi had free unlimited wifi, the City Lodge I stayed in on Thursday night in Joburg (which cost a fair amount more) offered patrons a measly 15 minutes of free access. Embarrassing really…
As I sit and write this I am fighting off an invasion of flying ants (South African will know they don’t look anything like ants) that are going mad as a result of the storm outside. My bags for Joburg are packed and I am sad to be saying goodbye to another weekend. Since this week is shaping up to be even busier than last I thought I should post this now, and not stress about blogging and speech writing tomorrow…
Even though Durban is technically still my home town, I struggle to keep track of the latest cool places to hang out. Yesterday I was invited to a reunion drinks for my old flat mate Alli at a place called Beach Bums in Westbrook, just north of Durban. It reminded me of some of the bar/clubs in Diani beach, Kenya, where the norm is to be shoeless and to enjoy your drinks with a view of the sea.
Beach Bums isn’t quite the Kenyan coast, but it was a lot of fun with a very relaxed vibe. I also enjoy being able to go somewhere where you don’t need to dress up and you don’t have to wear shoes (I hate wearing shoes).
The place is perfect for a chilled get together, and since it closes at 10 pm you know you’ll still be in bed at a decent time. There is also a backpackers there but I don’t think it’s for the feint-hearted.
65 Casuarina Beach, Westbrook(just off the M4)
Telephone: +27 32 943 1132
The best thing about a bar on the beach is being able to sneak off an take photos, especially when there is a cool abandoned building nearby.