After attending the Lamu food festival, we returned home with a ton of new memories after falling in love with the rich culture of the people of Lamu. Lamu Food Festival presented to us a beautiful way of experiencing all that Lamu had to offer. Besides just food, we were captivated by other aspects of the Island that we felt were so captivating and just showed how beautiful our country is. If you are yet to read my first two Lamu posts, check them out here and here.
Jayson suggested that we do a 30 photo road trip challenge to try capture the essence of this beautiful island and I thought this would be the best way to give you a visual feel of Lamu. If you are yet to, ensure Lamu is on your list of places to visit this year. 30 pictures are not enough to capture the beautiful architecture, warm people, amazing food and rich heritage, but I shall try. To really feel this, you just have to go and experience Lamu. I hope one of these fine days we shall bump into each other on the narrow streets of Lamu <3.
Nothing feels better than waking up to warm sunshine and the sound of soft waves beating on the beach.
Harsh lighting and swahili decor. I’d give anything to be seated on that couch reading a book of working from there. Kiwandani house grows on you I tell you!
Something I want
I want my own beach front home in Lamu, with my own dhow and possibly learn how to sail it. Bae if you are reading this, let’s work hard make this dream come to life!! 😀
In my bag
But a visit to the coast can never be complete without sunglasses!
What I Wore
Dreamy Lamu skies. This was on our way to Manda Airport to make our way back to Nairobi *wipes tear*
Kiwandani house after dark. This image in particular reminds me of the late night dips and after dark conversations we had in this pool after our rounds in Lamu town and it’s environs.
And a trip is never complete without gadgets. In this picture, Kaz was snapping (@karenkazlucas) my session of her rapid fire series on SnapChat. Did you follow the series she documented for all Onja bloggers that were down in Lamu? It was so dope!
chipolata toes are the new black #sexyandiknowit
Donkeys are the main mode of transport within Lamu town. With the narrow streets, cars simply cannot make it between town blocks, so donkeys are the go-to. With the intense midday heat, I had to catch my ride around town. My donkey’s name was Bahrain and he was the most gentle, sweetest donkey ever!
Our visit to Lamu Museum was the final activity we did on Saturday evening before heading out to our evening sunset dhow cruise. This is a portrait of Lamu in 1912 and the last image I took before heading out. The Lamu Museum is another #mustvisit location! So much rich heritage and preserved culture for you to savor.
If you follow me on Snapchat, you must have seen my excitement while in Gallery Baraka. They have the best African artifacts not only from Kenya, but from the entire continent. If you are ever in search of cool memorabilia of Lamu when you visit the Island, stop by Gallery Baraka.
Something there’s a lot of
Donkeys. Lots and lots and lots of donkeys. There are also plenty of cats. I love cats so I enjoyed seeing them all over.
Lamu Ubers i.e. Donkeys!
How beautiful is the detail on the table that this vase is placed on! Kiwandani house is a visual feast if you are into interiors.
Doesn’t this drum set make you want to make some music? I especially love how they are wrapped in kitenge fabrics
Can Kaluhi turn down anything Mango? NO! I loved the fresh mango juice we had during our breakfasts at Kiwandani house along with fresh fruit, eggs, mahamri, viazi karai and other coastal foods.
The strEAT bazaar happened at night on the Lamu sea front. Not only were we eating out hearts out, but we chowed down our goodies to the music played by the locals. This was one of many bands. Their music was loud but really catchy too, and I am not the one to shy away from a dancing opportunity, so I did just that!
Taking a picture
Jay takes a pic! For all of us who attended the Lamu Food Festival, the sunset dhow cruise was without doubt our favorite part of it all!
Bougainvillea is located all over the island and is the most common flowering plant there. It adds so much charm and looks so beautiful against the white washed walls and buildings.
Plants or a tree
Black and White
How gorgeous is this image captured by Lyra Aoko? Let me tell you, I was sweating as though I just ran a marathon and she made me look composed and ethereal :D. This was during our first night in Lamu and we had just arrived in Lamu Town from our residence, Kiwandani House in Shella beach.
Click on the image to read Lyra’s full post and feast on her awesome photography.
A special thanks to Lamu County Government for providing the opportunity for Onja bloggers to have a magical Lamu experince and to gracious Nina of Kiwandani house for hosting us.
Do check out the posts from Onja bloggers; a group of independent food, lifestyle and culture bloggers I experienced magical Lamu with: Jayson, Lyra, Gatuiri, Mohamed, Wangeci and Kaz. Follow our documentation of Lamu on social media using the hashtag #OnjaLamu and follow just mine with the hashtag #TembeaNaKaluhi. Look out for my fourth and final post on Lamu, where I will take you through the three dishes we learnt during the Swahili cooking class.
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