How my trip to Mombasa helped me to invigorate

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Eugine snorkeling in the ocean

Meetings, deadlines, late nights which often become all-nighters, a site engineer’s life is not an easy one. More so if they work for one of the top construction companies in Uganda, Roko Construction Company limited. They are always working on completing one project after the other which doesn’t give them time for themselves. Busy with the day-to-day demands of running a constructing site, they do not get time to unwind, but that also means they end up being exhausted, which can even lead to breakdowns one day.

So, it is important for everyone, whether you are a construction engineer or not to once in a while, take a pause and head for a vacation. This can help you to invigorate and come back for a fresh start. Taking a vacation once in a while helps an individual to break from the monotony, finding your Individuality after all on return to work one is fast track at getting all the work done.

Mukiibi Eugine, a site engineer with Roko Construction Company limited decided to treat himself to a short vacation to the lovely Watamu, Mombasa, Kenya. When he isn’t working, Eugine loves taking on new adventures.  He describes the trip as an amazing experience. While there, he visited the Malindi costal town, Fort Jesus, tasted the stable food ‘Ugali’ with curry fish, lodged at One Watamu Bay Resort. What is a trip to Mombasa without a walk at shores of the beautiful clear and salty waters of the Indian Ocean?  During his trip, he made it a point to snorkel in the Indian Ocean in order to have a closer look at the beautiful creatures and coral reefs underwater.

The Urbanite caught up with the easy going engineer to ask him a few questions about his trip. Yeah. Even engineers can be easy going when lodging in a relaxed ambience away from the lousy and dusty confines of their work environment.

What was your favorite city?

Mombasa. (I beg for his pardon. Did you say Kampala or Mombasa).He affirms Mombasa. (I start to think this guy isn’t patriotic, I don’t even think he supports our Uganda Cranes. I am tempted to ask but I decide against it and proceed to the next question.)

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did during your trip?

(He takes a minute or two to think then responds.) The clear and salty ocean waters of the Indian oceans, he recalled. (This takes me back to my heydays when I was a scholar offering geography. I hated picture interpretation with a passion. Then I remember we were taught Uganda is a landlocked. My daydreaming ends there I continue with the questions.)

How long did it take to pick up some of the language?

A day, he says. (By the way, I can speak some Swahili words like “habari” which means how you are. We briefly hold some chit-chat in Swahili before we continue.)

What was the scariest moment?

When I went snorkeling in the ocean, he said (My heart almost jumped out of my chest when he said that. I am a true African I don’t have the bravado for that foolery.)

What were the locals you met like?

They are friendly and welcoming. (Of course they are not friendlier than Ugandans though a little birdy told me that Ugandans are friendly because they consider everything and everyone foreign as nice. I don’t know if the statement has some truth to it.)

What was your favorite meal?

Chicken with Ugali. (Ugali is a Swahili word that translates into posho. Our posho tastes better. Okay I agree enough Mombasa and Kampala comparisons. But I bet if the Uganda cranes went against the Kenyan team in the AFCON it would be a bloodbath not in the Games of Thrones kind of way!)

What was the strangest thing you ate?

Fish curry and chips. (Does it taste nice, I ask? He licked his lips and nodded.)

What was the funniest/strangest/most insightful thing a local did?

The price of the Masai blanket is hiked when the traders realize you are not a local.

Where would you revisit? Would you ever move to any of those cities?

Mombasa. Definitely!

One Watamu Bay Resort
Streets of lovely Watamu, Mombasa, Kenya

Enjoying the view of the Indian Ocean