Sorry this post is coming late. I usually like to put up my weekend posts on Mondays, but I was exhausted on Sunday night and couldn't bring myself to get the post ready. So here it is, better late than never :)
|Olumo Rock!!! And the goat that photobombed us!|
My weekend was pretty darn good, minus all the traffic we had to sit in. We traveled to Abeokuta for a friend's wedding, and the route we used was two disasters and a quarter!!! Thankfully though, we got through it and got to Abeokuta in time. Abeokuta is a city in a neighboring state (for my non-Nigerian readers). The meaning of Abeokuta is UNDER THE ROCK, and I'll tell you why it's named that in the ensuing paragraphs. Anyways, we got to the venue early because as Nigerians, the event started late. Using it to our advantage, we went to meet the groom and got our hotel room. After hanging out for a little bit, we all headed back to the venue for the traditional wedding ceremony. I won't share pictures of their wedding, because I forgot to ask their permission, but you can see what I looked like :D
|Remember the first time I wore this?|
|Ofada rice - it's got a really pungent smell that can be off-putting, but I love the taste!!!|
The event hall was very packed and Nigeria's been really hot lately, so I alternated between sitting in the car and sitting right outside the hall doors. Cakes and the groom are good friends, so he got to go in with the groom and dobale (prostrate) as a sign of respect to her family. Meanwhile, I ate and ate and overate ofada rice this weekend!!!
After the traditional wedding finished, we headed back to the hotel, watched National Geographic Wild (animals can be ruthless mehn), and then I crashed.
The following morning, we woke up bright and early to visit Olumo Rock (where Abeokuta gets its name from - under the rock, remember?) I remember reading about Olumo Rock as a child in primary/secondary school - I really enjoyed Geography, so I just had to see it for myself. And what a sight!!! I wish Nigeria would realize the tourism potential it has, and properly maintain its precious treasures. Anyway, if you're ever in the area, I would highly recommend a stop at Olumo Rock. We spent a little over an hour there, got an unintended workout (because the elevators weren't working - what else is new?), and got a history lesson.
|We saw this mosque on the way to Olumo Rock. Thought it was a church at first.|
|The entrance to Olumo Rock :)|
|From what I read, the elevators/stairs were added within the past few years.|
|But we don't have coins :(|
|Woot woot, I'm climbing!!!|
|Our tour guide|
|Moving on to the next level|
|Olumo Main Shrine|
*side note* As a Christian, sometimes I forget that there are traditional religions in Nigeria that people take very seriously. *end side note*
Going back to the history, the women and children stayed in the rock's hiding place for shelter, while the men went out to fight and/or scout the enemy from the top of the rock. The grooves in the picture below were used to grind ingredients for food.
|In front of one of the rooms inside the rock. There used to be 5 of them. Only 1 remains :(|
|Water inside this pot ALWAYS remains cold|
Erm, the guide talked a lot more when we got the point above, but I can't remember anything he said. Wait, I remember there's a chief priestess who's about to celebrate her 129th birthday.
|Heading to the next section of the rock. At this point, we've gone halfway around the second level of the rock. It has 3 levels total.|
|Some carvings of heroic warriors, and cowries.|
|Whew, that climb was so hard... HAHA, LIES! We just wanted a picture.|
|From the peak!!! You can see Abeokuta :)|
|I picked this up at their Art Gallery/Shop at the base of the rock.|
I wonder what Nigerian sights I'll visit next. Maybe the Calabar Festival in December? We'll see.
Oh yeah, this is what we looked like at the wedding afterwards. And I ate more ofada rice and ayamase (ofada or designer stew - which is really oily and has lots and lots of assorted meat. I'm picky so I pick out most of the meat). Our trip back to Lagos right after the wedding was uneventful. We got home in one piece, thank God.
|I made sure we got our pictures taken at the wedding. We have virtually no printed photos of us in our apartment!|
Meanwhile, Cakes is now obsessed with these Yoruba caps. He got 3 this weekend.
The following day, we visited Cakes' brother's church for his baby's dedication. Then we went to deliver the cake below (for a Tea Party Bridal Shower), and headed to my brother-in-law's house for the dedication reception (traffic was just stupid! How can 3 trailer trucks fall on the same stretch of road in less than 1 week?!?!?!?!)
|Cakesiena on Instagram|
Anyways, after all this activity, you can understand why I was exhausted on Sunday night. I actually left Cakes at his brother's house because I was too tired. I hope you had a nice weekend too.