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Christmas in Lamu

This year, continuing our tradition of spending the holidays local, we went to Lamu. We were on Lamu Island and stayed at the Kizingoni Beach Bandas. I can’t tell you much about Lamu town, Shela, or anything else about the island. We didn’t leave the beach. We were not near either town. We were exhausted. All we wanted to do was hang out on the beach and relax. So, that’s what we did. Here’s that little crab wiggling about: Our one excursion was to go snorkeling. The water was a big rough so visibility was poor. But, I love the ocean and even a bad snorkel is a fun experience for me. It was a much needed break. Rest and relaxation proved to be the best Christmas presents we could give ourselves. So, that’s it. That’s this post. I will have a review of Kizingoni next week, followed by a review of Yapperville, where Oreo spent her Christmas vacation. I hope your Christmas was as peaceful and enjoyable as our and wish you all a …

One Off Art Gallery

I discovered the One Off Art Gallery while taking obedience classes with Oreo. The gallery is on beautiful grounds with an arena where Custom Made K9 holds classes. After going every week for training and getting a small glimpse of some really lovely art, I wanted to go check it out properly. I am so glad I did. The art is amazing and there is a range of items. You’ll find large pieces, smaller pieces, paintings, drawings, sculpture, and a range of prices as well. If you are interested in East African art, especially from Kenyan artists, you need to go to One Off. One off was started in 1994 (with a break from 2000-2009) by Carol Lees. The gallery  represents Kenyan artists (many of whom are represented exclusively by One Off) as well as some artists from Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan and Rwanda. This is real art—serious pieces and not touristy souvenirs. Again, there is a range in prices so don’t be scared of not finding any affordable art. Here are a few photos to …

Oreo in Karura Forest

Dogs & Karura Forest

I’ve posted about Karura Forest before. Now I’m posting again from a different standpoint: that of a dog owner. Since getting Oreo, we go to Karura Forest almost everyday. Sometimes we go to the larger part, using the Limuru Road entrance. Most often we go to the smaller part off of Thigiri Ridge, mostly because it’s a lot closer to us. Both parts are great. It just depends on what you want to do with your dogs. For longer hikes and runs, I’d recommend the larger part of the forest. For a more manageable off leash area, I’d recommend the smaller part. Most of the forest (both parts) require dogs on leash. That’s fine for us as Oreo has no leash issues. Oreo loves hiking through all the trails. I love being out in nature and getting extra exercise. We both get a lot out of it. There are two off leash areas in the larger part. I’ve only been to one of them, not far from River Cafe. The space is nice, but there …