This weekend, I was literally forced into solitude and shockingly, I loved it.
To be honest, I had a mini panic attack because I didn’t want to be alone. Thing is, all my friends were either busy or not around, so I had to do something I had not done in a very long time; I had to spend a whole day by myself.
I got into my car, started my car, plugged in my iPod and began my mini road trip to Kiambethu Tea Farm. The music was great, the weather was fantastic and the drive was scenic.
After some small talk, Fiona led me into the farm-house and offered me some homemade cookies, with some tea (surely what would be the point of going to a tea farm and not have any tea).
There are many different groups of people who came so we were given some time to mingle and get to talk to each other. Fiona then sat us down in front of a fire-place in her warm and cosy living room where she gave one very interesting talk about Kenyan history, the history of the place, tea farming/cultivation and she showed us how tea looks at different stages (when picked, after it is processed etc).
To me, Kiambethu is beautiful, yes the grounds are green, and they make you just want to run around in the grass…
however, Kiambethu farm is beautiful to me because of the animals that it hosts. It literally spoke to the animal lover in me 🙂
We were also taken to the actual tea plantation. I have never been soooooo excited to see so much tea it was like heaven for me (no I am not a luhya lol)
The tour didn’t end there. We were taken into a beautiful dark forest and our tour guide gave us a detailed lesson on the different medicinal trees and what they help with curing and how to use them.
Then we went back to the farm-house…
Fiona being the lovely host that she is, gave us a snack and then she served as with an amazing simple buffet of home cooked meal with drinks.
Like me, there are people out there that get scared at the thought of being alone or spending time by themselves. We don’t always have to spend all our time around people. What happens when, like me, you have no one? Does your life stop?
I realise now that Kiambethu farm was an important stepping stone for me. For me, this trip was about learning to enjoy my own company. I was able to make new friends, gain knowledge, enjoy my hobby of taking pictures and honestly it was all worth it.
Going to Kiambethu Tea Farm was a great experience for me. It is a beautiful place for one to quickly get away for a few hours. The tour and talks helped me learn things I did not know about before (about tea and about the medicinal use of various plants and trees). The customer service at the place is absolutely amazing (this is a big plus for me). The one thing I had a problem with was the price tag (Ksh 3,200). The food was nice; your typical homemade beef, rice, and vegetables with a drink… However, I don’t feel I got value for my money in regards to the food.
Have any of you been here before? Feel free to tell me about your experience in the comment section below.
Until next time…
*Click-> HERE to see a map of the exact location of Kiambethu Tea Farm.