Sunday, 25 May 2014
Road Trip Experience #RandomMusings
I was invited to a 90th birthday party in the beautiful city of Ibadan and I jumped at the offer for a few reasons. First of all, the invite was from someone special and I love it when children celebrate their parent's age milestones elaborately whilst they are alive rather wait to throw a huge funeral party after their demise.
Then of course I needed to get away from the chaos of my lovely Lagos for a wee bit. Nothing clears ones head and psyche than a change of scenery away from the norm, however brief a period it's for. This probably explains the aggression some Lagosians exhibit. (I kid, NOT) Holidays and get-aways are not a part of our culture, even though they are very essential for the body and mind.
My main fear in all this is the state of our roads. To say our roads are deplorable is a gross understatement. I've avoided traveling for a while now due to this fear. I cannot fathom how and why major highways have been left to rot despite the huge number of lives that ply it daily. Then again, our leaders do not really give a damn about our welfare, so go figure.
Anyway, my delight at honoring the invite and my need for a getaway triumphed my fear of our sad roads so I went for it. I was glad I did too. I loved the scenery and the amazing little villages we saw on our way. The party rocked. Yorubas throw a mean party with great music, great food and flowing drinks. I danced so hard and had great fun that by the time I got to the hotel, I was totally knackered.
I was told coming to Ibadan without eating "amala" was as close to a crime as you can get so I made sure I ordered a plate for dinner and I thoroughly enjoyed every morsel I could take in.
I woke up this morning feeling really refreshed. The bed in the hotel (Davies Hotel, Bodija) was simply divine. I felt like taking it away with me, it was that lush.
Overall, I'm glad I made this brief trip. I feel way more relaxed and calm. Off I go now to battle our ever failing roads back to my base. Have a lovely Sunday.