The sun was very hot, very normal for people living in Mombasa. As we made our way to the beach, it was already full despite being a week day.
It was really impressive to see parents and their children enjoying themselves at the beach. One of the families really caught my attention. Their dad was so funny and lively. He lied down and his wife together with their kids applied the sand all over his body. They covered almost every inch of his body, including his face. He was a big guy with a big tummy. But that seemed not to stop him from having fun.
They were happy to do it to their dad and didn’t stop laughing. It was hilarious. This motivated the other dad’s to request same from their family. The beach looked funny.
He knew the ocean like the back of his hand. From the different parts of the ocean to the different animals. He was a great swimmer and diver. With no equipment but just a pair of shorts.
The waves were not very strong but the little winds sent the salty water to our faces. The beautiful breeze helped to reduce the effects of the scorching sun.
When we got to the deep waters. He dived in and brought us one of the sea creature as promised. He managed to get us both a male and female sea urchin. His secret of success as shared. He normally looks for a female sea urchin and after that, it’s easy to get hold of a male sea urchin.
The female sea urchin is the risky one due to its long spikes. It prompted him to show us some of the wounds of the previous encounter with fish. He went ahead to tell us how sometime the fish attacks them while inside the sea. His feet seem to have taken much of the bites. His foot was covered with a big layer of dead skin. His fingers too had several holes left by the stings made by the spiky fishes.
He was generous to show us a lobster corner. They were in big numbers. He said some of his visitors believe that the raw lobster can act as Viagra. I don’t know if this holds any truth.
The boat ride was very productive and I really admire our tour guide. He was not mean with information and he knew very well what he was explaining to us. He was lively too and threw jokes into his lecture. And very friendly to your pocket.
Everything has an end. It was time to leave the beach. As we made our way back to the hotel, I could not stop thinking about the tour guide. I tried to compare him with several people I have encountered during my usual trips. And he stood out. You don’t have to learn about something at school for a better understanding. But with passion and determination, you can be a genius at it.
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