July 05, 2018

Brunch, beach balls, ice cream, and a photography exhibition

I woke up two Saturdays ago with absolutely no plan. The weather was beautiful,and not one to waste a beutiful day, I decided to get up off my behind and go explore my community.

First on my agenda was brunch at Busboys and Poets. I have been several times and I totally love the ambiance and food. This time I had the very yummy neptune benedict.

How cool is the restaurant

After brunch, I took a long stroll to City Center to window shop at the Kate Spade store. City Center walk way is an alley of high-end retail stores and restaurants. The alley is typically decorated based on the four seasons. The decor this summer features blue and red beach balls. Summer here we come.

I had heard of a photography exhibition showing that weekend, so off I went to check out Le Bon Voyage: Across the Omo Valley, a photo exhibit by @tabibonney and @kellyfogelphotography. It was here that I met up with a friend.

These are some of the pics I took of my favorite images from the exhibit.
Pardon my ignorance, but I always thought all of Ethiopia had the "typical" features most associate with the country; asymmetrical facial structure, pointy nose with oval eyes. I didn't realize there's so much diversity in Southern and Northern Ethiopia. This is why I go to museums, exhibits to shed ignorance, widen my horizon, and gain knowledge.
There is so much beauty on the continent, and the Omo valley people of South Ethiopia are one with the beauty of nature! They beautify themselves with flowers, leaves, ash, and other natural elements (move aside, Fenty Beauty!).
Look how intricate and perfect those flower adornments are! 
The Omo Valley  people are walking art! I was so gobsmacked by their beauty that once I got home, I jumped on my computer to learn more about them. I found some rather unpleasant news that once again reminded me of man's inhumanity to man. 
The Ethiopian govt has been engaging in forced relocation of the Oma Valley people. A dam has been built on their water, their land has been leased as plantations to foreign countries to plant cash crops! The hydro-electric dam which was built to support the plantations now destroys the ecosystem of Omo Valley. Foreign countries stay greedy, while some African Govts remain corrupt and insensitive.

The uber cool fence at Blind Whino (the venue of the exhibit)

The gorgeous building hosting the exhibit. It is called Blind Whino and it used to be a church before it was converted to an art club.

And just like that my boring Saturday turned into one of the most fun day I have had in a while, and it was only right to finish off the day with some yummy sweet treats.
Hope you enjoyed the post as much as I enjoyed my day. What did you think of the photo exhibit? Please leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

 Happy Thursday chicas.


  1. I love the picture behind you.. its really nice


  2. Lovely Photos! I like your 'whatever works' top. Perfect for days when we wake up without a plan so we'll go with whatever works. hehe. Love the yellow shorts too.


  3. I can only imagine what it must have been to experience all this. I love these pictures so much. I am glad you got to experience all that. You look lovely.