We have been incredibly lucky this past week to take some time out and just relax, first in the motorbike riders haven that is Jungle Junction in Nairobi, and then in the safari capital of Tanzania, Arusha, in the company of our very good friends Chantal and Peter Trevor.
It’s rather odd having quite so much time to indulge in those almost forgotten past-times of having a bath, reading a good book or watching a bit of telly. Indeed, even having a cup of tea and a chance to enjoy it at leisure had become something of a long-distant memory. (Tea just isn’t the same without milk, which has been tricky to come by – and powder just doesn’t do it for me – so pretty soon after leaving old Blighty we switched to sweet black coffee as our preferred beverage). So, it’s a real privilege to be able to just switch on the kettle for a brew and sit down in a comfortable seat, biscuit in hand, to savour the delicious concoction.
Indeed, even the biscuit experience is worthy of mention, given that we’ve been able to delight in munching on some old favourites, including both Nuttikrusts and Choc-its, two South African biscuits which are virtually impossible to find in the UK. Not good for the waistline, certainly, but oh so good on the tastebuds!
It’s not been all lazing about and no action, though. This week did see us heading off to the nearby Ngorongoro Crater National Park, where we spent the day exploring this fantastic landscape with a very knowledgeable and capable driver, Exaud, whose Landrover we also had to hire for the experience as motorbikes are most definitely not allowed into the park!