Trip Start Nov 29, 2004
24Trip End Dec 27, 2004
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Now, my plan for today was no plan at all
Sara saw someone with a KIRO 7 T-shirt on from Seattle! But he left so fast we didn't have a chance to talk to him. Anyhoo, my line moved faster, Sara paid the bill, and we were out of there after about an hour. Sara was spitting mad about the bribing, and she told me about it as soon as we paid the bill. In fact, she buttonholed an unfortunate guard who was in the middle of accepting a bribe from a lady. Personally I didn't even notice this was going on either. Am I clueless or what? So she laid it out for this guy and he actually apologized and said that she is right, they should not do that. The lady trying to give the bribe just stood there smirking. I just stood there looking stern, not understanding a word anybody was saying.
So after that, Sara felt a lot better. We decided to have lunch at a Chinese restaurant I had located in the book. It was near the infamous Florida 2000 nightclub. This is the wildest club in Kenya and believe it or not, we never made it there. Next time. Apparently they have Vegas-style shows nightly, great music, showgirls and guys dancing around in their underwear, and all that. Dangit.
Anyway, we went to the Water Margin Chinese Restaurant. It is open all night on Fridays and Saturdays, in case you were wondering. There was a Christmas tree, and the food was really very good. The service was amazing, they were all over us all the time, and brought steamed towels at the beginning and end of the meal. I went to the restroom which was located outside of the restaurant proper, and it was awful. This restroom was shared with F2, and nobody apparently wants to take responsibility for cleaning it. It smelled worse than summer in France. And don't even think about luxuries like paper towels. Anyway, this restaurant was excellent other than the restroom, and I highly recommend it to anyone.
After that, we boxed up some leftovers, planning to give it to the first person who asked, and went to a cyber. It was a nice little place, even if it was on the tippy-top floor. By the way, very few buildings have elevators. I asked where I could use my thumb drive. Since most computers are old and don't have USB ports, the attendant can usually find at least one machine with a port and then share it out. These guys did not know what to do; I had to do it for them. And they were rude, and turned the music up too loud on top of that. I asked them to turn it down and they did, but they were really put out about it. That was the last time we went there.
So after some time, we called Lawi and arranged for him to pick us up at the corner. He showed up surprisingly fast with a girl named Trish. She's a cutie who speaks French, so I tried using my limited repertoire of French phrases on her. Well, I said something rather forward just as a joke, and Trish said that I should be saying that to my wife, which caused both Lawrence and Sara to be mad at me for the rest of the evening. C'est la vie.
On the way home, we stopped at Uchumi for cash and snacks. For you see, the plan tomorrow is to journey to Nakuru for a wedding.
Dinner was goat meat stew, chapattis, and a green pepper. It was delicious. The uncle of the groom was there for dinner as well. Talking to him, I found out that they are Maasai. And this brought to light the fact that even Sara is part Maasai - 1/8th I think. Intermarriage is common among the Kikuyu and Maasai. He mentioned that he wants to bring a Maasai outfit to the house after the wedding, and I can try it on. I didn't know how he would take it if I explained to him that white people trying to look African look ridiculous. So, I just agreed that would be wonderful because I was pretty sure he wasn't going to go out of his way just to bring me a Maasai outfit.
After dinner, we packed up for Nakuru - we have to be up at 5:30 AM tomorrow - and then went to bed. We are traveling by matatu tomorrow, my first real matatu ride, so I packed very light in case I am robbed. In Nakuru, we will be meeting up with a friend of Mami's from the Post Office. The friend is planning to show us around town and some of the local sights after the wedding.