Monday, 10 October 2011

Jambo Kenya.

As part of my course at university cultural studies are better understood when experienced and Africa is one of those incredible places that opens your eyes. 

Stories meet Reality, Colours meet Fabric, Swahili meets English.

1 Country, Celebrating 21 years, 4,420 miles covered, 14 friends, 3 more Birthdays, 3 Safari Vehicles, 2 Buses, 1 Hotel and 1 very kind Family...

Welcome to Kenya.  

I questioned whether to post this due to the unfortunate events that have recently incurred in Kenya, one during our trip. Whilst concerning for the families of the ‘kidnapped’ women these happenings don’t fairly represent the country as a whole especially Lamu the island we spent two incredible weeks and should not imbed fear of safety in people’s minds that wish to visit the country in the future.  

After spending 3 nights on safari and experiencing some of the most incredible sights I will ever experience in my life. (Lions mating, 7 lion cubs, a leopard taking an afternoon nap, giraffe’s play fighting, a python swimming through the water, a buffalo stuck in the river and breaking down in the Naivasha valley on the way to catch a bus to Mombasa just to name a few.) We eventually got to Shella, Lamu that a close friend of mine and the host calls home. (Not jealous at all.) Paradise.  

Here are some of my photos of an unforgettable holiday.

The island of Lamu has a subtle Arabian influence; Peponi Hotel is authentic with a bohemian touch, just perfect for relaxing and reflecting. The food is wholesome and full of flavour, the atmosphere is welcoming and staff are always helpful and in high spirits. I am struggling to find a fault although I am no critical travel journalist, just trying to relate what a magical place it is. 

Last year many of the Spring/Summer 11 shows had a very strong African influence with bold patterns/prints and audacious colours, ASOS Africa was a good representation of these gorgeous fabrics that are used everywhere in the continent. Africa is full of influence and ideas, especially for the fashion industry. I read a really interesting article about how fashion in Nairobi is evolving so quickly with the opening of boutiques and new up and coming fashion designers and it is becoming a much bigger industry than it ever has been before.  After visiting a Masai Market where all the beaded jewellery and accessories are made and the difference in price when they are bought there rather than the high street. I couldn’t help but treat myself.

1 comment:

  1. this looks absolutely incredible. it's definately something you will never forget! your blog is coming along very nicely. i love all of the updates you have done. mine is doing alright. i've picked up posting a little more often, which has been satisfyingly fun. there's no news to report, unfortunately. how are things going for you? take care, ellie. talk soon. - carolyn. x.


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