There were lizards all over the resort. I thought it was cool, but Najwa seemed to think they were baby-eating snakes.
Our second full day took us downtown Mombasa, right in the heart of city. It’s not as zen as the resort.
If you go to Mombasa and don’t visit the tusks, it’s like going to Paris and not visiting the Eiffel Tower. So, we visited the tusks. The tusks were built to commemorate the visit of Queen Elizabeth to Mombasa in 1952, as they [the tusks, not Margaret] lay directly on the path from the port to the town. Though they’re elephant tusks, no elephants were harmed in putting up the tusks. They’re made out of aluminum. The tusks also were positioned to be shaped like an “M” as in Mombasa.
Recycling is common in Kenya. Not specifically because Kenyans have embraced going green that seriously, but they’re resourceful and not going to let a good jug go to waste. These jugs are for sale. Mzee told me the caveat about buying these jugs you see for sale on the side of the street is that they once may have been used to store toxic materials.
Mombasa is the name of the entire area, but for the most part, Mombasa is an island. There are bridges connecting it to the north side and leading back to Nairobi, but going to south coast, you have to take a ferry. It’s free if you’re going by foot but will cost you if you’re crossing with your car.
These tusks and the anchor can be found in a traffic circle [aka roundabout] at the port where thousands of containers are shipped in and shipped out daily.