Our initial destination at the Kenyan coast had been the island of Lamu,
which is supposedly known for still being original and relatively untouched.
Such a description in the Lonely Planet usually leads to the contrary
within a short amount of time, but we had heard such quotes from several
independent sources and therefore decided to make the move. The islamic
influence is still widespread along the coast and Lamu is supposed to
show much of its culture. We honestly aimed to reach this target, but
as usual, things turned out differently. After a pretty dusty and bumpy
bus ride along the country's main traffic vessel from Nairobi to Mombasa
we were already fed up with travelling.
Two nights in Mombasa brought us the friendship of
a tremendously hospitable and generous muslim family, but did not recover
our desire to travel. Therefore we decided for Watamu as a stepping
stone, encouraged by the description of the local coral reefs and relieved
by four hours less of travelling. A good choice as it turned out, so
that we postponed our departure day after day and finally gave in completely.