A Sandals, Sand & Lenses Affair..!

A new year for more adventure :-)

A new chance for more adventure 🙂

2013 is the year that was! Happy New Year, my good adventurous people!

First, allow me to apologize for not having posted anything within the month of December 2013. Well, as it happens to most of us I was sort of burnt-out from my day job. I however still managed to use my reserve energy to do a little travel just to get my mind off the daily routine and actually relax.

Mash, relaxing in Mombasa

Mash, relaxing in Mombasa

I visited the city of Mombasa for the second time this year. I however did not indulge in much activity and just opted to hang around the hotel (Kenya Bay Beach Hotel), yes I visited the establishment yet again and as always, they did not disappoint. I had in my mind to bring you my followers and readers a little of the Mombasa experience and therefore as I packed my sandals and shorts, I threw in my camera and lenses to make sure I could get you some shots. I spent most of my time on the white sandy beaches either taking a morning jog, watching the activities on the beach as I sipped my cold drinks from the creek above, or taking leisure walks in the evening. Here are some of the shots from the Mombasa trip;

Beautiful morning

The sun rises over a tranquil Indian Ocean on an early morning

The sun rises over a tranquil Indian Ocean on an early morning

A long stretch of the North coast beach

A long stretch of the North coast beach

Water Vessels

Anchored boats on an early morning

Anchored boats on an early morning

Speed boats in the shallow waters of an early afternoon

Speed boats in the shallow waters of an early afternoon

A old log boat anchored in the ocean

A old log boat and modern boat anchored in the ocean

A single sail boat with a sole sailor on board

A single sail boat with a sole sailor on board

A Baracuda Team divers' boat

A Baracuda Team divers’ boat

Anchored boats in the high evening tide

Anchored boats in the high evening tide

Activities

A kite surfer prepares his equipment as a passing sailor looks on

A kite surfer prepares his equipment as a passing sailor looks on

Two horsemen ride on the beach as a kite surfer does his thing in the background

Two horsemen ride on the beach as a kite surfer does his thing in the background

A cyclist peddles hard under the hot afternoon sun

A cyclist peddles hard under the hot afternoon sun

A camel carrying a passenger is guided along the beach

A camel carrying someone is guided along the beach

Two horsemen look on as a group prepares for a speedboat ride

Two horsemen look on as a group prepares for a speedboat ride

A 'flying-dragon' kite hovers over a camel on the beach

A ‘flying-dragon’ kite hovers over a camel on the beach

The beach on a busy afternoon

The beach on a busy afternoon

A group of tourists takes a ride in a wooden sail boat

A group of tourists takes a ride in a wooden sail boat

A family walks past the figure of a lion curved in the sand

A family walks past the figure of a lion curved in the sand

A handler and his camel take a rest on the beach

A handler and his camel take a rest on the beach

Scenery

A beautiful view from my room at the Kenya Bay Beach Hotel

A beautiful view from my room at the Kenya Bay Beach Hotel

Kenya Bay Beach Hotel from my room

Kenya Bay Beach Hotel

Patrons relaxing by the poolside at Kenya Bay Beach Hotel

Tourists relaxing by the poolside at Kenya Bay Beach Hotel

Palm trees along the beach

Palm trees along the beach

That was an awesome way to slow down and recollect on the year ending.

Sneak Peek into 2014: I intend to indulge in more adventures and particularly of the climbing and/or hiking kind 😉

Let’s have ourselves an adventurous 2014!

-MASH-

Interaction With Masai Morans

Pose with a Masai warrior

Pose with a Masai warrior

In the month of August 2013, I traveled down to the Kenyan coast to attend a friend’s wedding in which I was honoured to be a groomsman. In true Kenyan style, I combined this undertaking with a little fun and pleasure.

I was putting at the Kenya Bay Beach Hotel which is one of the older hotels along the Mombasa North Coast. The hotel still boasts an ambiance of the 70’s architecture, pristine lawns, access to a long wide beach and most importantly, pleasant staff to serve guests through-out their stay.

Every evening after dinner, the hotel organizes some entertainment for the guests. On one of the evenings, we had the pleasure of being entertained by Masai warriors and ladies in their full traditional regalia!

The Masai dance was definitely an avenue for the warriors to showcase their charisma. The warriors jumped high up as they sounded a deep-chested hum in unison. In erratic intervals some of the warriors screamed war cries amid the hum as they jumped to the front of the group and performed several jumps as they shook of their long braided hair pained in red ochre. The warriors brandished their weapons and shields as they performed this dance in an uncoordinated show of might. After the dance, the warriors marched in a single file and formed a circle while moving slowly showing off their regalia and weapons, whilst maintaining the low deep hum that resonated from within their chests and to the audience.

Masai Warriors doing a march

Masai Warriors doing a march

After the dance by the warriors, the Masai ladies brought out their ornaments and ‘shukas’ and created a mini-market right at the hotel square that used as the performance stage and created a full Masai market feel. The guests sampled the bead necklaces and the bracelets which the Masai people are popular for adorning themselves with, and haggled for better prices in the true style of an African market!

Masai Market is on!

Masai Market is on!

It was so much fun joining in the dance, and I also bought myself some bracelets to remember my interaction with the Masai morans!Image

-MASH-