We're on vacation! Come see...Plus, more wildlife photos tomorrow...lucky on our first day on "vacation" for excellent close ups...

Within the first half hour in our cottage, unpacked, dressed in our swimsuits,
 this guy stopped by for a visit outside the window of our indoor living room.
Most likely she/he, a possible Sykes Monkey knows there is a welcome fruit plate
given to new guests.  Giving food to the monkeys is a bad idea, reducing their interest
in foraging for their own food, which is plentiful here. We had no trouble resisting
the temptation.
Over the past several weeks, we've visited many of the resorts in Diani Beach  hoping to find a the perfect spot for our 3 day one year anniversary of leaving our old life behind to embark on a new life traveling the world. 

Tom spotted this monkey outside the window.  I couldn't grab the camera fast enough. 
Surprisingly, he didn't move when he saw me.  Apparently, they have become used
to humans at the resorts.

Look at her/him looking for our fruit plate!
Carrying the love and support of those we left behind with us, we've found this experience to be a bounty of learning experiences, life changing lessons, all enriched with endless surprises.

When we arrived at The Sands at Nomad Resort, we were welcomed with flower leis
and orange mango juice.  (I politely declined but Tom enjoyed his).
This morning, after moving into a private beach cottage on the beach of the Indian Ocean at The Sands at Nomad, we knew we'd selected the resort that most fulfills our desires for this special celebration.

This pool bar is open 24 hours a day for the middle of the night drinkers.

The sun so close to the equator is scorching. We spent 2 hours by the pool
with only 20 minutes in the sun.  The remainder of the time it was comfortable
in the padded lounge chairs under the shade of a giant umbrella.

We were welcomed to our cottage with "welcome" written in English and Swahili using
bamboo sticks.

The window to our view of the ocean.  We'll take a better shot soon with less
of a glare.
The bathroom is well equipped plenty of towels, toiletries, robes and a bidet, of course.
Our new living area with comfortable furniture and a TV!
Side view window of the living area.

Our plans for our 3 night stay is simple; relax, walk the beach, lounge at the pool where there are many shaded areas, take scenery, food and wildlife photos, stay cool in AC from time to time, dine in the fabulous outdoor restaurants, meet new people, and celebrate the first year of our "stepping outside the box" to explore countries we'd never dreamed possible.

This is the beach in front of our cottage.

The varying shades of blue of the ocean and the sky make an
 colorful contrast.  This photo was taken as the tide was going out.

Tom catching a few rays in the scorching sun.  Not too much though.  We've seldom lounged in the sun these past 5 months for our former "usual one hour" since arriving in Italy on June 16th due to the bees and flies.  In Kenya, the only sunny areas are directly on the grass where the likelihood of a sting is greater. (Both of us are seriously allergic to hornets, certain bees and wasps.  A bite can be life threatening which surely attributes to my skittishness of being around biting insects.  More than once I've been rushed to an emergency room as a result of a sting.  Tom's only been stung once but also had to go to a hospital.  Thus, our excessive caution).
Every so often, we look at one another and say, "Can you believe we are in Kenya?'  We shake our heads and smile, never taking our current location for granted.

Lounge, WiFi and reading area.  WiFi is actually high speed at no charge which we
found to be the best connection we've had in Kenya thus far. Thank you, The Sands at Nomad.


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