I’ll tell you a little secret; the success of a family holiday is inversely proportional to the amount of time you are actually able to spend apart from each other. It might sound counter – intuitive but believe me after a couple of days together I’m sure many of you know how quickly the fire of familial love can transform into smouldering resentment. You want to spend time together but you also want that sweet space when you need it.
Cue Beach House.
Lamu, 7 years since I last set eyes on you. I have grown and changed since then, my middle slightly softer, my hair a bit more grey, however my memory of you remains as sharp as a tack. For sometime we took different paths, we both wanted wanted different things. You needed financial security that was beyond my reach, I on the other hand needed 3 square meals a day to remain alive. But the fates have seen seen it fit for us to be together again, our planets have aligned for me to once more gaze upon you aphrodite-esque beauty.
I hope you haven’t grown fat.
In our daily lives sometimes we tend to over complicate things. We make decisions that cause us more stress than necessary, we hang around people who drain our positive energy, we down play our achievements and dwell on our mistakes. Then when we look into inward we can only ask ourselves “Why do things have to be so hard?”.
Sorry, strange way to start a travel article I know, but this next place really did put the thought of how simplicity can be such a positive force in our lives. Because if there’s a place that personifies the concept of “just enough” its Amboseli Bush Camp.
Early morning view of Mount Kilimanjaro from camp.
No secret; I have a minor aversion to some of the more popular places for weekends away, whats there to see that hasn’t been seen? Its always more exciting choosing the path less travelled.
I first heard of Tandala House a couple of years back, the trick was finding enough people to actually fill the place, those who try to organize anything involving a large group of people know that its a tiresome task at best. However when the chance came along for me to sort out a family holiday together i knew just where we’d be headed.