With the East Africa safari classic rally awakening many a sleepy villages, that vroom vroom sound can’t help but take me back in time to those carefree childhood days. Back in the days, Kīamacimbi was the go to town. If you wanted to breathe, smell and probably even smoke the dust as you watched and heard the roaring engines from up close and candid, you had to brave the rivers,hills and ridges of the adjacent ‘Mathīra ma gīthomo,’ in the wee hours of the morning. This though was where tūkwares (lastborns) were not lucky. The older siblings did not want trouble to tag along with them 😉. You know how lastborns can be now, don’t you (monkey trouble.) Good thing though was that we had our own ‘ndari ya mūtama.’ the radio/cassette player. Also thanks to physics and the speed of sound we’d still hear the fading engine noises from a distance. The season always brought with it an aura of fresh vibes in the airwaves breaking the news monotony. We’d get to know about Juha Kankunen, Patrick Njiru, Jonathan Toroitich and others like they were the boys next door.
We’d be mentioning them like vocabularies learnt from the Oxford dictionary during Monday morning prep. The roar of the engines, you know that endless gūtūrīkia sound ‘tooooooooo’ that only race cars can pull is what makes the memories so nostalgic. Otherwise no fun in being left in a cloud of dust. The real fun though, came when we went to fetch firewood or graze. Climbing trees and pretending they were the rally cars.🤔🤔🤔 and that we were the world rally champions only without the champagne 🍾 to pop and toast. Karibu tufanye like that Dagoretti girl who was friendly with me when she climbed to the roof top and pretended it was a plane. She also put Ugali in her pocket and pretended it was a white forest Cake 😂. As if that was not enough she put water in a bottle and pretended it was a soda. Yeah that last bit was what Asusena and I wanted to try, only that the only available bottles were for Mkomboti 😂😂 and the water was not well, bubbly enough. Otherwise enjoy a yester years song along with the vroom vroom.


Published by Nyar Kaheti

Born and raised on the picturesque slopes of Mt Kenya, Nyar Kaheti is your girl next door vibe kind of girl. She enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and listening to country music among other things.

6 thoughts on “Bubbly

  1. I need to make a plan to attend this years’ rally if this is what it took for y’all to experience such back in the day🤣🤣🤣

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