Today I’m sharing some moments from one of the hang outs that made my last Christmas holiday like I promised in my last post.
One of my friends from way back put the hang out together. It was such a beautiful experience as I got to meet and hang out with some really cool new people. And the boat ride, oh the boat ride (I hope boat is the correct name for it ’cause google didn’t help much with differentiating between a canoe and a boat so I’ll just go with the latter). It was my first time on a boat and it was scary. I am still scared as I type this almost three weeks later. Yes, I’m such a big baby and no, I’m not ashamed to admit it.
Okay, for those who don’t know, Tarkwa Bay is quiet Island beach on the shores of Lagos. It is beautiful, serene and the perfect place to get away from it all which is a total necessity for anyone who experiences the day to day stresses of living in Lagos. It is also extremely budget friendly; you only need some cash for your boat ride (about N400 per person) and to pay for your beach chair/shade rental (solely dependent on your bargaining abilities). I must warn you though, if you’re planning to go to Tarkwa bay, take your food and drinks along with you like we did because I didn’t catch a whiff of any food or drink vendors. Not even beach suya *sobs*. But I guess that’s one of the reasons why the place has remained so serene and unspoiled by too many developments like many other beaches in Lagos. You can learn more about Tarkwa Bay here
Here’s why I am inappropriately dressed for a beach outing: You see, I don’t know how to swim and I thought (in my infinite smartness) that if I wore something beach-inappropriate, I’d be discouraged from going too close to the water. So I decided to wear this dress and I made it a tiny bit beach-friendly by tying it by the side. That plan, as I came to learn, didn’t work as the members of my group, spearheaded by a certain young man (Foluso, I haven’t forgiven you), saw to it that everyone was fully immersed in salt water.
We forgot to take any games or music players along but we just had fun gisting, taking pictures swimming (f0r those who were interested), being mischievous and getting to know one another.
The highlights of the day for me were:
- This market-woman raffia hat I bought on the beach for just N200. We all took turns wearing it and taking pictures. It was a blast!
- Catching up with my friend Moyin whom I hadn’t seen in a long while. She was my photographer of the day and I gave her plenty trouble. *Virtual-hugging her into oblivion*
- These parked boats I found and thought “bam! time to sexy up”. I took way too many of these photos than I care to admit.
- This man who came to play us an entire Bob Marley album. I rasta-danced. My feet hurt. It didn’t stop me.
- The awesome people I met and got to hang out with
I really wish we’d do it again sometime soon.
Thank you so much for reading :). This post had been sitting in my drafts folder for way too long.