In case you’re curious, it took us 15 hours to get from Nairobi to Kampala. That included a long stop for lunch & play, and a full two hours to cross the border to Uganda.
We didn’t arrive at our friends’ house in Kampala until 10 PM, and the last six hours was pretty rough.
Having said that, Claire did great, and only really started losing patience at 8:30 PM, well past her bed time and after already over 13 hours in the car. Her main complaint? “Mommy, my bum hurts!” Fair enough, baby…
We left on New Year’s Day to make our way back to Nairobi, and had the good sense to split the drive over two days. It took us eight hours to get to Eldoret from Kampala, which included a one-hour detour (courtesy of a wrong turn made by yours truly), lunch, and a mercifully quick border crossing.
Last night we stayed in Eldoret, at the once-opulent but WAY past its prime Sirikwa Hotel. It was so nice to know we’d eat a decent meal, have a bath, and get to bed at a reasonable hour. This morning we hit the road again, stopping in Naivasha for lunch and a play. We decided to visit Dea and her daughter Lisa at Dea’s Gardens for lunch.
Dea’s Gardens deserves a post all its own, and I promise to write one soon, but I’ll say for now that it was a marvelous place to stop for lunch during a long road trip.
Claire got to run around the beautiful gardens, jump on the sunken trampoline (best idea ever), and play with Dea’s dogs, bunnies & tortoises. We all got a delicious lunch and a much-needed break from the car.
After Naivasha, it was an easy 1.5 hour drive back to Nairobi. We had such a lovely time in Kampala, kicking off the New Year with dear friends. But tonight, we are all really looking forward to sleeping in our own beds!
Happy New Year! Looking forward to all that 2014 has in store!
PS – Blog writing contest update: I’m sorry to say that my blog entry did not win the writing contest at expatsblog.com. But thank you all for your support!