Tuesday, March 15, 2011

March 15, 2011 - Cooling Off

We are back from our weekend at the Indian Ocean Beach Resort on Diani Beach and we had a lovely weekend, even though it was the hottest place I think we have ever been! The hotel had all these little cottages that were individual rooms and we had two right on the beach, like 10 steps away from the sand, literally. The rooms were really quite lovely and big enough that we weren't too cramped with two kids. The hotel's food was just average and the service was not very good (at least not by American standards), but the pools were great and we were extremely happy on the beach. Grace and Noah did pretty well, although Noah definitely doesn't like extreme heat. Grace always takes some time to adjust to a new place so she didn't have the best "eating" weekend, but she really liked being in the water and playing in the sand and she was very cute doing those things. As for me, I got to ride on a camel on the beach with my mom and was also happy to take a short kayak trip in the ocean with Kristoffer. One night we ate the hotel's "exclusive" restaurant (by reservation only), which actually did have pretty good food. Nobody else made a reservation that night so we had a personal waiter and chef and the whole place to ourselves. It was even right next to our room (at the edge of the resort) so we didn't need to go very far. Overall, I am so glad to have swam in the Indian Ocean and seen the sun rise and set there. I am happy that my parents came with us and that Kristoffer and I had a few moments of relaxation as well - although we learned that there is generally nothing relaxing about traveling with two very small ones! Wish us luck on our 6-week adventure coming up in April and May when we all go to Denmark and the US! That aside, here are some highlights from the weekend...

At the airport going to the beach...Grace was very excited about the airplanes!
And some early morning views from our room...
(the benefit of having an early-riser for a child is that you never miss the sun rise and these were amazing!)
Grace learned to "play" UNO while waiting for her food...
And she helped Far dig a big hole in the sand (this was just the beginning)...
Noah was mostly hanging out in his bouncy seat (thank you thank you thank you again to my Aunt Judy!) because it was too hot to be held that much. This might have been the last time he wore clothes because really he was so uncomfortable in the heat and we started keeping him in just a diaper or very light receiving blanket.
This was the "exclusive" restaurant next to our cottage. As Kristoffer said, people pay a lot of money at home for that kind of service!
An early morning walk on the beach...
Grace, in the early morning light...
Women selling scarves on the beach, although we were grateful that there were few "beach boys" or others harrassing us...
Camel Ride 2011: the negotiations...
Camel Ride 2011: the departure...
Camel Ride 2011: the arrival, and Grace liked sitting on the camel!
My mom's camel was 7 years old, named Joy. My camel was 3 years old, named Thomas. It was really fun and gave us a beautiful view! Thanks to our new friend Abdullah for giving us a fair deal.
Noah's 7-week old bath in the sink. Grace had a 6-week old bath in the sink when we took her on safari, so we thought we should do the same with Noah. But he didn't like it as much as she did! He was just too hot!
Can you spot the sand crab? They were fun to chase in the morning!
Oh, the Mueller-Welsien ladies :) Sorry that we didn't get many pictures of my Dad!
It was fun to swim together in the lovely pool. Grace is getting more and more comfortable in the water and practiced her kicking.
Unfortunately, while we had a great plane ride to Diani Beach, going home it was not so. We were on a teeny-tiny 17-seater that was not pressurized. It was full and crowded and SOOOO bleeping hot! We also had to fly from Diani to Mombasa town for a quick stop on our way, which just made the trip very long and even hotter. As Kristoffer says, it was a bit more than we bargained for. Good thing my mom didn't faint, although she was very close.
Now we are back to our regularly-scheduled life. Grace was very happy to be home and we will now enjoy my parents for 2 more weeks before they leave. A few days after they depart, so do we for Noah's first world-tour. Stay tuned :)

LMW

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