The Inside of Lambeth
Lambeth being the backbone of London is a fun place to live, with people from all different parts of the world it’s like your typical giant market place. Well except the fact, nothing is being sold.
Looking in from the outside there is many people within Lambeth that makes the community so unique.
Brixton is a place to be with constant busking on the streets and crowd of people going around their daily activities. Stepping out there makes you fit in without having to make an effort.
324,431 of people living in Lambeth the place is a packed of sardines.
There are some amazing communities within Lambeth that I had no prior knowledge though I have lived in Lambeth since the dawn of day.
Am going to give you the know it all of 3 amazing communities that reside in Lambeth.
Get yourself a popcorn and relax whilst I take you through these 3 unique communities.
First on my bucket list to talk about is “Kyrgyz people”! Well if you haven’t heard of the country’s name before like I hadn’t, fear not because almost everyone who heard of Kyrgyz were once in the same dilemma.
Just as how you are wondering, where Kyrgyzstan is I’ve been there before so I will let you in on what I know.
Almost all Kyrgyz speak two languages Russian and Kyrgyz. One thing that will definitely blow your mind is their traditional clothes, which refer to as “Belmechi” for the women it is a skirt with a slit in the front, which is worn over the main coat or gown.
“Chapan” a high collared coat and suede of leather pants, “Kalpak” a high hat made of white felt is usually worn by men starting from the moment they turn 6.
There are Kgyrzstans living in Lambeth, it is a shame that there’s not much exposure about them, for this is the reason why I chose to speak about them.
Having such a multi cultured community like Lambeth is, it doesn’t come as a surprise that they are not spotted in Lambeth.
The culture difference is what I will be focusing on, I know what you all are waiting eagerly for is the food!!.
I won’t drag it on but will put you out of your miseries, there’s some amazing dishes that the Kyrgyz people enjoy; the country is engaged in breeding live stocks hence meat is a substantive part of the modern and traditional cuisines from meals like Samsy and Plov.
There is a high-end affordable restaurant in Lambeth known as pasha that will cater to your taste.
In there you can opt for a vegetarian option if that is what you are into.
Kyrgyz people are very welcoming and friendly the like to interact with other people it’s nice to know them.
The next time you come across Kyrgyzstanis you have me to thank for; well just kidding.
I asked Saadat a good friend of mine on her views of her country she said; “I Love my country it is fun we are always entertaining our guests”.
Morocco is a land known for nature it has many amazing attributes to it that isn’t well acknowledged.
The country is blessed with beautiful landscapes that makes it a very country to be in.
Ranging from the Moroccan dessert, The Atlas Mountains, and the Moroccan Versatile Climate there is so many things that makes the country very outstanding.
Moroccans are known to drift from one place to another. In the UK, they have settled in fine and it’s nice to live across from them since you can be assured you will be hungry all the time from the aroma of their food.
Moroccans has 2 official languages the modern standard Arabic Amazigh (Berber) Moroccan Arabic known as (Darija). However there a lot of other languages they tend to speak.
The French language is embroiled as part of them, having been colonized by the France. French became their second language, which is widely taught and encouraged.
So please stop having that look of disbelief when you see a Moroccan speaking away in French it is their second official language.
The outfits of Moroccans is generally filled with enriched traditions that says a lot about their culture.
The most common dresses the ladies opt for is Djellaba; it is a long and unfastened type of robe which both men and women can wear. Other clothing are usually worn beneath it.
The tackchita is a very formal type of clothing worn by the ladies its very sophisticated that is worn only on special occasions, it comes with very beautiful designs that makes it one of a kind.
OH I nearly left out the men my bad; like I previously said the djellaba is an outfit which are worn by men too. They usually wear it with a traditional Fez or tarbush a traditional headdress that is usually red. The finest of materials are used in the making of these clothing they tend to stand out amongst the crowd.
Let us dive into the most the important piece of information in my opinion, the food yah.
I guess you all are as excited as I am, Couscous is a North African dish that is naturally enjoyed by Northern African countries like; Algeria, Tunisia and most importantly Moroccans.
Having a plate of couscous in a hot steamy afternoon is like your taste -buds are exploding with tastes you had no idea existed.
Malak a Moroccan had good things to say about her country she said; “the hills the nature and customs we have you can’t help falling in love with the country”.
For colder times of the year when being in an enclosed space with some warmth the only way to shield yourself from the cold, Moroccans prefer their tummies to be warm too.
Pastilla, Tanjia and Harira is a distinctive heavy soup which is eaten during those colder days and nights in the winter season its usually served for dinner with a side of bread.
It is eaten hot and meant to heat up the whole body “talk about Moroccans and their creativity”
Moroccans residing in Lambeth love to live through their heritage by showing their culture and beliefs.
Moroccans have a lot to share about their culture and experience of living here.
Stay tuned to hear from them, learning new things about a different country is always an exciting to way to look at the world in different perspective.
Do y’all know Bolivia is in south America? Got you if you didn’t know.
Describing a country that is both beautiful and exotic is Bolivia; it is a democratic and multi ethnic country situated in the midst of South America occasionally referred to as the Tibets of America.
Bolivia is a remote country so it is quite thrilling if you are traveler and want to be secluded.
Lambeth being a birthplace for diversity makes you have a satisfaction feeling when you come across new people.
Bolivians living in Lambeth are quite the pranksters they are always smiling and ready to come up with corniest jokes to crown your day.
Bolivia being a South American country obviously they will speak Spanish ; telling you in case you had no clue. Spanish is their main and official language but that shouldn’t faze you out since there about 39 other languages spoken within the country by the people in different regions.
Guyara, Aymara, Chiquitano and Chiriguano making Bolivia more dynamic.
An interesting fact about the Bolivians is they were known as Amerindians before the Spanish conquest.
Their sense of fashion is on top of its game on a whole next level; Pollera the history behind the pollera which is a simple Spanish dress was once a symbol of captivity when the colonial masters forced the Andean women now its worn as pride of their past and growth.
For important events such as weddings and festivals the Manta is a rectangular textile that can be worn us a wrap -around dress or a blanket. A woven sash is use to hold the manta together when worn as a dress.
Homemade cotton trousers and brightly colored ponchos and woolen caps called Chullas are the must wear for the gents in Bolivia ; usually they prefer being barefoot its more nurturing for them in that way.
When you hear a sandwich ,what comes into mind? Typically for moi is some slices of bread with ham, cheese chicken or any -other toppings that suit your palate. Sorry but Bolivian sandwiches are contrary to what we are used. Their most popular sandwich is known as Chola.
Chola is a bun that is stuffed with meat and pork that’s slowly cooked until its crispy a touch of onions and ahi chili to the already crunchy bun makes it delicioso hence if you want a different kind of sandwich it is Chalo for you.
Y’all will agree with me that night times are the best time of the day when everything is lit for such times Bolivians have a snack that is nasty and delicious what a combination.
Antichucho is a skewer of beef heart with potatoes which is grilled hence a lot of flavour from the aroma and flame of the barbecue.
Lovers of coffee will be thrilled to know that cunape(cheesy breads) is the snack to have with your coffee anytime of the day, they are baked with cheese and very delicioso.
Bolivians are very open and genuine people is great that there are some residing in the Lambeth vicinity it’s a great way to be exposed to things from different cultures.
In an interview with Madelyn, she said; “the only sad thing is there is no sea in Bolivia but that doesn’t stop us from having fun”.
Moroccans Kyrgyzstan’s and Bolivians living in London makes it very global and entertaining knowing and befriending is rewarding; if you meet any just smile and they will do the rest of the talking trust me.