Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Goodnight kisses almost always bring hope for the next day as it erases the stresses of the day gone. This is the same effect sunsets have on us. They give hope for a better tomorrow. The sunset I chased in Lamu was no different. Needless to say, it was magical. Breathtaking. The clouds were pieces of art that could be confused for one of the most beautiful pieces Picasso ever did. The colour combination gets you off guard each second. It becomes very unpredictably beautiful as time passes.
As a first timer in Lamu, I was looking for activities to do for times when I wasn’t working and had a few hours to spare. Then a friend mentioned the sunset and captain Baji. We talked and agreed on a particular time and he was there at the exact time agreed. I hardly had any expectations until I saw Queen (that’s the name of the dhow) and my mind went on over drive.
I got in and met the other 2 captains. The dhow has a minimum of 3 ‘staff ‘ on it. The coloured cushions well arranged, refreshments and music all set. I sat on the deck and off we went. We left Amu down to Shella, past the white beautiful beach houses towards the sand dunes. Then continued to Manda and soon we were heading to the Mangroves. The sails now fully open and free sailing. The different shades of blue and green that met me were amazing. The relaxing thoughts they brought about was just enough therapy for almost any kind of stress. At this point, I just wanted to freeze this moment forever having not even seen the sunset. Then I turned and there was the sun, mocking and deceiving me that I was looking and liking at the wrong side. I remember asking “Are we missing the sunset” they all laughed and reassured me that I wouldn’t miss that magic at least not on their watch. I continued to admire this beauty as I froze the moment with massive photos but the pictures didn’t do any justice.
As we went on, we saw other dhows, the please marry me was my fave. Each with its own form of creativity and style. As we continued sailing there it was, the sun with half done arty clouds. As the seconds passed, a different artist would showcase his gorgeous work and if you happened to blink a second longer than you should you would definitely miss the next act. Then soon, it was the golden hour, where the sun was the main act. Oooh God, wasn’t that worth everything? It turned from yellow to one of the unknown colours in the pie chart to a sweet sundowner orange. Then to a red-orange and finally red as it went down bidding us goodbye. Like the way Cinderella ran down the stairs, was the same way the sun disappeared. In those few moments, everything froze, the music, the noise from the water, the wind, and the neighbouring dhows. Everything went quite. It’s just you and your thoughts. You get to choose which ones to entertain. Even after sun is down it’s still you and your thoughts as everything else slowly comes back to life. The wind, the rough seas, now that you were so zen, the noises from the neighbouring dhows and finally the music. Perhaps the order is different for every individual. Oooh I forgot to mention if you leave for the sunset early you might be lucky enough to make friends, swim, have fun and capture amazing memories while at it.
As I wasn’t ready for reality yet, we explored the floating bar for a few minutes then went back to Amu later. This was a different kind if magic as the stars and the moon were now out gracing us with their beauty and light. This had to be among the best moments in life. Some of those things you just have to experience as photos and descriptions from the most skilled photographers and writers at their peak still won’t do justice to. Next time you are in Lamu make sure you get in touch with Captain Baji – 0721999500 for a lifetime experience.