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saturday shenanigans two

1ah2ah3ah4This post came up a little late for my ‘Saturday Shenanigans’ series but hey, it’s a BIG improvement from how irregular my posts used to be yes?
(Shameless plug: You can read the first post here).

I first heard about The African Heritage House through an instameet I regretted having missed thanks to so many amazing pictures my favourite Instagrammers posted shortly after. It would have been the perfect occasion to go, because after that it just seemed too far a place to visit. Like I’d have to go out of my way, to MLOLONGO. But once you’ve been working in Syokimau for a month, that’s home base. It’s basically all Machakos county past the airport. And trust me, the trip is WELL WORTH IT.

I visited the house this past Saturday, and it took me about twenty minutes to get there on matatu from South C, and about ten minutes to walk to the house. I haven’t factored in the ten minutes I strayed onto the stunning neighbouring property only to realize I was in the wrong compound!

If you’re using public transport, alight at Solomon Primary School and cross the road. You will see a signboard that reads ‘Alan Donovan’. The house is about 300 metres along this path. I’ve linked the Google Earth pin here for your reference.

I went with my little brother and my friend Magy and we decided to get a tour for 1000 Ksh. per person (inclusive of a beverage of your choice). Our guide’s name was Femi, and he walked us around while playing, on radio, an audio recording in Alan’s voice describing the history and design of the house-museum . I highly recommend this to anyone who goes, the history is just as endearing as the house itself.

You can spend the night at the museum if you wish, but they also serve meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinners on the rooftop or at the pool house). I hope you enjoy the pictures more than my writing! I’m trying something new with the layout of my pictures. I draw inspiration from many sources but my greatest influence has to be Alice Gao (she is hands down my favourite blogger and photographer) and I aspire to tell stories through my pictures like she does! This particular post seems a little ‘busy’ so it could probably change in the next few days.

Toodles! (Remember when this word was a ‘thing’ because of a lady presenter on KTN? I forget her name, I was probably 12 :-D)

this is where i work

I’ve had a long, tiring – but rewarding – day and with only enough energy to edit these pictures, my brain is dead and I just need to shut down. Lol.

A few of you may know that after getting my first degree (Bachelor of Architectural Studies B. As), I took a gap year and worked at a firm called Morphosis for close to a year (okay not really, but 8 months in students’ time is close to a year). Back then, our offices were quite modest – a three bedroom house repurposed into an office (there is a word for that but I can’t really get my thoughts together at this hour). It was great in it’s own way, very intimate, and we made some priceless memories there.

However, I must say I was very excited knowing that the firm moved and I’d be working in this contemporary masterpiece. I mean, in the Kenyan context this building is kind of a big deal. Apparently, it’s not even completely done yet! I’ll be sure to post updated pictures once the interiors are done. I’ll let the pictures to the rest of the talking as I go snooze, I have to go to work in the morning these days.

Ciao!

office

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PS. I also get to enjoy beautiful sunsets every so often. It’s still quite sparse out here, and I’m loving it.

PSPS. I took these photos on my phone, and edited on Snapseed then VSCO. I need to get Lightroom so I can start experimenting with that too.

#okaybye

swahili beach resort, diani. mombasa

“..A fantasy tropical paradise where there’s nothing but good; magical sunsets, flowers, lots of fragrant fresh fruit, and (imaginary) live performances from Cesaria Evora, Lianne la Havas and Jessie Ware”.

Take me back already, please?

 

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Well, it’s been a while since I shared  on this space. I get overly critical of what material to put up on my blog, so I tend to slack on my blog posts. If you, however, would like to keep up with my adventures on a daily, feel free to follow me on my Instagram. It’s my happy space 🙂

Between running around for months to complete my final year project (which I’m happy to say I finished and did well alhamdulilah), and a cleansing month of fast and prayer (Ramadhan) I didn’t have much time for fun or recreation. A few weeks in Mombasa at my grandmother’s were more than welcome; I had longed for the sea, it always gives me a sense of renewal.

I can’t find the words to describe how I felt when I got to The Swahili Beach Resort, but I’ll try. Excited. Hopeful. And very much in my own dream world – a fantasy tropical paradise where there’s nothing but good; magical sunsets, flowers, lots of fragrant fresh fruit, and (imaginary) live performances from Cesaria Evora, Lianne la Havas and Jessie Ware.

Prior to the brief evening at the resort, I’d spent the majority of my morning and afternoon with friends and family at Amani Tiwi Resort. Catching up, eating, laughing and taking long, peaceful strolls by the beach. See, the thing about hanging out with loved ones is they get you. Even with your annoying paparazzi habits, they will still tolerate you and even think of more things to do that fit in your description of ‘fun’.
So they suggest, how about we leave early and explore Diani. They (obviously) didn’t get any objections from me.

We first stopped by Congo Beach (will share that adventure in another post) and then stopped by Swahili Beach Resort in time for afternoon tea.
As a (recent graduate) architect, I had been aware of the design of the resort for years; Its characteristic cascading pools and whitewashed buildings, heavily influenced by Swahili architecture, and the designers’ application of symmetry as a theme in design.

What you don’t see is the feeling the spaces invoke on the user, the effect beauty has on a person. The way the spaces flow into each other, the way views are strategically framed to the ocean and public spaces. The smoothness of the floors and walls. The rippling sound of water in the vast (yet unimposing), domed central space. The beautiful furniture and its placement. The urge to want to stay in this space, forever. Ah. I almost had to be dragged out. If there’s anyone thinking of spoiling themselves and taking a trip to Mombasa, this place is a must see ❤

I hope you like the pictures, I took them all on my camera phone and edited them on the VSCO app. Catch up soon?

Fatma.