In Summary
  • I wasn't overly impressed by the cocktails, but the balancing was good, even though they had no effect, ha.
  • My companion had very tasty calamari, crisp and not at all chewy, with a chilli sauce that we both promised we would be going back for.

Sometimes you're stuck in the rain and you don't feel like sitting through it.

The place nearest to you is closed. You don't want to go to a petrol station. What do you do in the Riverside area? You have a couple of options.

It's rainy season and we thank God for an excuse to constantly be imbibing hot chocolate instead of beer. Or, and beer, depending on how Kenyan you are.

I've been thinking a bit about Dusit – the hotel that the terrorist attack happened in – and what this has meant for the fabric of our society, once more, to be ripped apart.

I've also been thinking about how Kenyans have gone back to what we were before the attack – you know. Forgetful and impatient.

So many people who work in that complex have had to go back to work. Even Westgate doesn't feel like it has fully recovered. And Kenyans have forgotten enough to carry on as usual, but to never go back.

And so I decided to see if I could go to Dusit, one rainy day, because I was in the area, and because, why not? Sure, a terrorist attack happened there.

But are they supposed to close down completely? What happens to the people who had jobs there, the guards, the office staff? Are they supposed to shut down too?

What if they have no choice but to work there? It almost feels as if w punish the survivors for surviving, by not supporting their lives after the fact, you know? Because what do we expect them to do, really?

My intentions went bust, however. Unbeknownst to me, Dusit was still closed. I heard that they are advertising for positions, however, and when they open, I will go to the hotel. I will sit in the rain and have the hot chocolate I was craving that day.

We cannot only be one as a country right when the attack happens, and not after.

Because Dusit was closed, I ended up at Argenti, which I do enjoy, for a couple of reasons.

Argenti is the restaurant at Gem Suites, which ha three complexes – one in Muthaiga, one on State House Crescent and one in Riverside on Riverside Lane, which is where I was.

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