Wow, so the last month has literally just flown by for me. I have about just over three weeks left of my summer holiday before I have to go back to University… and I plan on enjoying those three weeks!
My cousins wedding was amazing! Probably one of the most insane “events” I’ve ever been a part of! For those of you who don’t know anything about Indian Weddings, know that they are long. Ours lasted about 5 days – 5 days of partying, celebrating, and lots of indian clothes wearing! But it was a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed it! Each evening we had a different function with a different theme – one of my favourites was definitely the African Night, where we dressed up in “African” themed clothing. I wore this floor length dress which had a leopard styled design on it, and a black jacket as well. I probably wore a total of 18 different outfits for this entire wedding ceremony! The happy couple are currently enjoying some alone time together in South America for their honeymoon 🙂
As part of the wedding, some of my cousins and I had to perform a dance in front of nearly 1200 people. I made a mashup of the Indian song Ainvayi Ainvayi and the really popular Latin song Danza Kuduro. We literally only had two days to learn and practice the song since most of us didn’t get back to Kenya until the day before the wedding, but we somehow managed to pull it off, and the dance was pretty amazing!
After the wedding week, my family and another family who we’ve grown up with decided to do a “tour” to all the common areas around Kenya. This was just incredible! We went to the Masai Mara and saw Lions, Cheetahs, Buffalos, Warthogs, Zebras… So many amazing animals. After that, we went to a few other places similar to the Masai Mara called Sweetwaters, Mountain Lodge, Elementaita and Naivasha. We got to feed a rhino in Sweetwaters, see a leopard with two baby cubs (probably the hardest animal to find – we were so happy we saw it since we hadn’t seen it before) in Naivasha, and walked within a meter of wild elephants in Sweetwaters! I’m planning on going on a mass rampage, and putting a bunch of these pictures (as well as hopefully redesigning) onto Picture Me Not, my photoblog. It’ll take time, but I’ll get there!
After all these trips, we then went to South Coast, Mombasa. We stayed in such an amazing hotel that had an infinity pool with 7 different levels! Aside from lounging around and swimming all day, I also managed to go quad biking out into the city. Unfortunately one of the people who came with us didn’t know how to quad bike/was scared, so we ended up going pretty slow for most of the journey. I decided to stay at the back, and would stop, let the others get ahead, then speed to catch up. It wasn’t the best, but it was better than nothing! I also got to go horse riding on the beach! For any horse riding fans, we managed to go cantering on flat sand for ages! It was amazing and beautiful!
One of the best things I got to do in Mombasa was go scuba diving! I went for two different dives and saw so many amazing sea creatures! My favourite was definitely the turtles! Whilst moving between the two dive sites, we came across some dolphins that were swimming around, and that was amazing! It’s the first time I’ve ever seen dolphins out in the wild like this, so it made me super happy!
As you can see, I’ve added a few illustrations to this. They suck, I know, but I’m working on them. My dad surprised me with a Wacom Intuos5 Tablet, and I only managed to try it out yesterday (when I drew this “illustrations”). I hope I get a lot better soon! If you have any tutorials or tips, or your own tablet sketches, please share them!
Like I said earlier, I only have about 3 weeks left of my summer before I have to get back to University. Here’s a “short” to-do list I’ve made for myself, and if I can get any of these things done before I leave, I’ll be super happy!
Let’s see how far I get with this list!