‘Our ride is here!’ Sylvia beamed, waving manically at the two mendriving towards them. ‘Have you ever ridden a motorcycle before?’Iris shook her head at her mother. Her mother knew full well that shehad never touched a motorcycle, let alone ridden one.‘Oh, it’s so fun, you’ll love it!’ Sylvia swung a leg over the back ofone of the bikes and wrapped her arms around driver’s waist. She
waved her arms around, signalling that Iris should do the same.Iris took a breath. ‘Oh, why the hell not?’ she muttered to herself.She was here to experience new things, after all. She climbed onto theback of the bike, letting the driver guide her feet onto two littlefoot pegs below her.‘What’s your name?’ she shouted.‘David,’ he called back in a thick Kenyan accent.‘Hi David, I’m Iris,’ she said, smiling politely even though hecouldn’t see her face.‘Hold onto me or the back,’ he shouted, it came out muffled throughhis helmet. She reached for his waist and then changed her mind as astrong whiff came off his puffer jacket and assaulted her nostrils.Instead, she wrapped her fingers around the metallic bar behind her.Iris let out a small scream as David hit the throttle. The little biketeetered and bumped along the road, dust flying all up the sides andinto her eyes. She was sure she was going to get bounced off thisthing. They got to the end of the road and the driver turned quicklyat a ninety degree angle onto the next road, which was astoundinglyeven more bumpy than the last.‘Oh Jesus,’ Iris cried, her knuckles white as she clung onto the bikefor dear life.As they made their way further and further down the streets towardstown, they began to teem more and more with life. Goats, sheep, andcows ambled their way along the roads. Women walking with babiesstrapped to their backs. Men carrying carts filled with goods.Motorbikes. Tuktuks. Bicycles. Cars. Buses. Trucks. Iris couldn’tbelieve the amount of traffic that was packed onto each road.They finally merged onto a tarmacked road and Iris saw the housesdisappear behind her and the buildings of the town rise in front ofher. She let out a breath as the ride got smoother on the pavedsurface.