Saturday, May 07, 2005

Turn It Into a Happy Home

"Vacation is what you take when you can't take what you've been taking any longer" --The Lion

After all is said and done, I feel like I need me some vacation. Six long months will do ... just so I can visit Mombasa's North & South Coasts for 5 months & then spend a month in either Bahia or at one of my dream places in Cuba. Wanna come along? Suggest a destination then pack a few Tshirts, 3 pairs of jeans, sun hat, swim suit/trunks, sandals, iPod (beg, borrow, steal but get one) & camera. Until then,....gotta turn this into a Happy Home>>>
PS: Just read this wonderful poem by Mshairi & realized that a trip to the Geerewol ceremony among the Woodabe in W. Africa won't be a bad idea either:) (updated May 25th,05)

NB: Tafsiri is now a bilingual blog thanks to all the love shown by fellow members of KBW. I appreciate u all. Ur welcome there as well. -akiey-


Anonymous mshairi said...

I like the wall hanging - very beautiful - where is it from?

Ooh, the pictures of Mombasa are so lovely - they make feel homesick - I want to go now:-)

5/08/2005 4:28 AM  
Anonymous mshairi said...

p.s. can I come with you to Bahia and Havana?

5/08/2005 4:30 AM  
Blogger nick said...

can i come pretty please...i promise to a well groomed housemate...
havent been to coast since 98 :((

5/08/2005 5:56 AM  
Anonymous Mama JunkYard said...

The things on the table are so colourful and pretty.

I am also feeling the need for a 6 month vacation.

Right now I would settle for a hike to the top of Mount Kenya, backpacking through Central America and Eastern Europe and an afternoon in Stratford Upon Avon.

Oh.and may I please join you on your travels?

5/08/2005 7:15 AM  
Blogger Sunflower said...

All those places look so good! Oh how we wish! As in a proper vacation. Somehow whenever i go home to 'Nai' I never feel like im on vacation. Yeah its nice etc, but I come back here to the States and need a vacation because im worn out!

5/08/2005 3:04 PM  
Blogger Afromusing said...

perchance to dream... a vacation sounds great!

5/08/2005 3:30 PM  
Anonymous maitha said...

good news , now we can finally understand what you are always ramblimng about on your other blog - was abt to suggest you try to intergrate googles translator but instances like these

make me think otherwise .

PS: Hio likizo yako mbona usiifanye iwe na mombasa au pwani za afrika mashariki itakuwaje upeleke hela zako zote huko cuba na ilhali pwani zetu zinapendeza kushinda za huko ? :-)

5/08/2005 11:14 PM  
Blogger Farmgal said...

I am in too! I love the art.

5/09/2005 6:17 AM  
Blogger Guessaurus said...

Yes, I too wanna come. Anything with greenery will do, my view of smog-soaked london and one green tree outside my house is toxic.

MJY- I havent been to Stratford upon Avon, I want to go too (there is a reason for this)

5/09/2005 7:04 AM  
Blogger Irena said...

Akiey Il mio amico, I'm cheap,so one place I would really ,really want to go for vacation right now is my mummy's house:-) and Uk folks how is Berkshire? I have some interest there:-)

5/09/2005 2:25 PM  
Blogger akiey said...

@ Mshairi: Sure, you should come along so we can also enjoy the music of Buena Vista Social Club & get to see where Celia Cruz grew up:)
Both Bahia & ‘Habana’ as they call it should be fun.
-The wall hanging is actually 3 separate pieces in one. Middle one is from Mombasa’s south coast while the remaining two I bought in a Mid-Eastern souvenir store in my state but made in Istanbul.
-Thanks for your kind words & hope Habana works out this time around:)!

@ Nick: Ala!? How would I leave out such a fun & spontaneous blogmate? Get packing bcoz it’s been a while for me too since I last was in Msa.
I know you’ll be at your best so I’ll have grandma save the best wali wa nazi & bhajias for you.

@ MJY: Thanks for the compliment. Body & mind need that vacation badd! Took this pic at dawn @ the end of what was a fun dinner nite with friends.
-Stuff as it appears here was not arranged for the pic. It was an exhibit of the mess the house was in. This is the same night I took this one while all was in order:- -:was also surprised that the colors on their clothes blended with the stuff on the table.
-I’ve never been mountain climbing & trekking across S. America is a must-do, only seen a little of W. Europe so bring along your (Belize) experience & recipes for your detox meals. The homemade tomato soup with salad and hummus would be great for starters.

@ Sunflower: You’re one who badly needs a vacation make-over :) As someone said: “No one needs a vacation more seriously than s/he who just got back from one”.
-I’ve been inspired by photos or documentaries & before I knew it I was packing to go some places. Wish I could do that more often. Ok, tayarisha kofia, sun lotion na mziki poa-poa. We’ll only hoot once,lol!

5/09/2005 8:34 PM  
Blogger akiey said...

@ Afromusing: “If you dream it you can live it.” You’re more than welcome & this time no more photos of concerts I went to but will make sure you’re there in the thick of the crowd.
-Are you anywhere near Chi-town? I know a club that has wonderful Dub concerts. Refer to my Jan 16th blog post,it has the address & club name.

@ Maitha: Thanks, I checked out the translation site & I see why you wouldn’t recommend it for Tafsiri. Now you can all figure out what am up to when not on Maarifa. Feel free to stop by Tafsiri anytime.
-Asante kwa wazo lako. Hela lazima zije nyumbani zienue Kenya kwanza kabla visenti vidogo vitakavyobakia kurushwa kwengine.
Ni vile nilikuwa sikufafanua hizo “two coasts” ziko wapi.

–So we’ll have you taking a vacation back home as well. Utatuonyesha mazuri ya around Vasco da Gama na Watamu au sio? :)

@ Farmgal: Thanks & am flattered:) More the reason why I should own & not rent any more. That way I can remodel as much as I want.
There’s room for you too & as MJY hinted on your blog, get the ‘Espagnol’ book so we can all chat up in Cuba & elsewhere in Spanish-speaking S.America.
-As for Mombasa you know it’s Swa all the way so no worries:)

@ Guessaurus: Karibu tufunge safari. Pole about the less scenic view in your part of town. Let’s all hit Kenya 1st, view enuff rich, ‘greenery’ then hit out to the rest of the world by way of Stratford upon Avon, (courtesy of MJY)

@ Wanjiru: U know it’s impossible to leave you behind & am sure a little TLC from mummy will do you lots of good. Just remind her we’ll all be there too so to save some delicious Kenyn-style goodies we miss so much. Siamo sempre gli amichi alora io vado mai viaggiare senza tu,okay? :)

5/09/2005 8:41 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

You KNOW I'm coming!

5/10/2005 3:53 AM  
Blogger Irena said...

Akiey: Al Solito,lei e'molto gentile!
Oh yeah that mukimo and nyama choma we must enjoy it soon!!

5/10/2005 12:26 PM  
Blogger Farmgal said...

I better stick to swahili, if I am required at any stage to speak spanish I have you and mama J to translate. I hope!

5/10/2005 4:41 PM  
Blogger akiey said...

@ MsK: Already made room for you. Wanted to surprise you but you beat me at my own game.
-Come along & you just might cure your blog identity crisis! Plz bring me one of the Livestrong bracelets:)

@Wanjiru: Che dire!? You're making me extra hungry now:) Don't remember last time I had mukimo.Mhhmm!

@ Farmgal, don't worry, we'll help but just say "Que buena" or "Que Linda" whenever you see smth nice:)

5/10/2005 10:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

akiey are you on email or something cant seem to find it on your blog.

5/11/2005 11:54 AM  
Blogger akiey said...

Anonymous, you might be a spammer, GIVE ME YOUR EMAIL or URL 1st. Thanks for dropping by:)

5/11/2005 12:31 PM  
Blogger Shiroh said...

can i come i love the home

5/13/2005 3:46 AM  
Blogger akiey said...

Shiroh, Thanks:)) As long as there's some 5 sq inches of space to lay a head at nite I'll be leaving no one behind. Come along so we can all get a lot more to blog about:)

5/13/2005 7:59 PM  
Blogger wg-k said...

Akiey, hey! Thanks for your visits to my blog. At least I know there's one other person reading my rantings. lol! Is there room for one more on your trip? I haven't been to coast since'm more homesick than ever now.

5/15/2005 8:01 PM  
Blogger Nyakehu said...

Oh Akiey, you know dreaming of the sunshine, tomorrow I have an anniversary of how long I have been in the UK and the colours and the pictures, I know where I am headed and we may travel together.

5/16/2005 7:11 AM  
Anonymous Mama JunkYard said...

Just checking to see where you are...kwani you left without us? :-)

5/17/2005 9:44 PM  
Blogger akiey said...

You're welcome Wg-K, U know your interesting posts will always have me coming back for more:)
Karibu, There's more room than we can fill. Since 2003? that's not as bad as mine but we'll all make up for lost time & fun.

5/18/2005 2:24 PM  
Blogger akiey said...

Nyakehu, congrats on your anniversary, I see am not the only one that marks my "landing here" anniversary:) I hope you had a good celebration. Did anything special?
Karibu on this fun-filled vacation. As you can tell it's the most fantabulous folks going for this:)

MJY, Am here, been burning the midnite oil working on some things that I hope will make life more interesting & ofcourse looking into ways to get to Cuba without going 1/2way around the world:)
Niko sana & still amazed that you got back to everybody on the Freestyle Friday post, tsk,tsk!:)

5/18/2005 3:08 PM  
Anonymous mshairi said...

Hey, thanks for the link, akiey!

We can go together to the Niger - you will take the photographs and I will do the writing, how about that?:-)

5/27/2005 4:12 AM  
Blogger akiey said...

Oh Mshairi, make my day! My bags are all packed (jeans, T-shirts & extra memory cards) so donnoh whether it's a magic carpet ride or beaming into Niger but am coming.
Get the notebooks & your ever creative side ready then:))!

5/27/2005 8:04 PM  

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