The next two days I will be staying in a town along the Mombasa/Nairobi highway called Makindu. I have been here a few times before, as I am helping out another volunteer’s organization build a website and run a computer lab. Makindu is an interesting place, nestled in Akamba ancestral land, but only recently growing in size due to its proximity along the highway (i.e. it’s now become a trucker town). On a good day, you can see Mother Kilimanjaro all the way in the distance, around 200 kilometers away. During the dry season it’s a dustbowl but now that the rains have come, the lands are lush, green and cultivated.
There is also a Sikh temple here. For those unknowing, Sikh is a religion originating in India around the 16th and 17th centuries. There are certain aspects of Sikh that one becomes immediately attuned to: the men don’t trim their beards, they wear turbans and they take very kindly to strangers and travelers. They also serve free meals at all hours at their local temple here (though I pay through donation), and keep a very nicely manicured property. It’s a great place to think about design and simplicity and just relax. It’s also a great reason to stop in Makindu if ever you are in the region.