Come through 2019. This year started off on such a high and positive note. Y’all know that traveling has always been my thing and by the time this trip came about, it felt like I was caged for way too long.

I spent my last days of 2018 and my first few days of 2019 living it up across the pond. I was fortunate enough to make my way to London during my first Europe tour and words cannot even describe how amazing it was.

London has been a dream destination for as long as I can remember and to be able to visit this 21st century through my hard work was a dream come true. It is often considered as the world’s leading global city. known for its impact on the arts, education, entertainment, fashion, finance and healthcare, its one of the most visited cities. It is literally the NewYork of England and Europe.

I have a cousin and a couple of friends who live in London and outside London. I knew without a doubt that they were going to be my tour guide. Aside from visiting this gorgeous city, I was also going to reconnect with an old time friend.

Sandra and I go way back. She was one of my childhood friends and we also went to the same middle school back in Kenya. #Consolatadays

who I remember as the shy yet smart and a very put together individual, is exactly who I met after 20years since we last saw each other. Only this time, I met a young lady who’s not only grown into her beauty both in and out but a woman whose liberated herself into her glory. Not gonna lie but Sandra is the epitome of who I want to be when I grow up. Y’all know I am still childish and petty but that’s besides the point. In all honesty, I am still amazed and honored that I can call Sandra a friend. I first reconnected with Sandra over social media over the years and that’s how we kept in touch. What I thought was only gonna be a coffee or maybe even a lunch date to re-connect and catch up, ended up being a whole reunion vacation that allowed us to get to know each other all over again as adults.

Come to think of it, the best part of the trip was mostly because of the company I was with.

England was so good to me, I would not mind moving there. I know I say this all the time with literally every place I have visited but the fact of the matter still remains that my heart is a wanderer and I will not settle till I move to my destined place.  On the real though, this had to be the most expensive trip I have ever planned. I mean all the places I have traveled to internationally, the dollar has always worked in my favor and I guess that’s why it took me a long time to make my way to Europe.

Here are some quick tips if you are also planning to travel across the pond. First of all, give yourself at least a week if you dare visit. This way you can get to at least experience the culture and the city fully. We did all the things we had set out to do which has never happened when I go on vacation. Of course with a huge help from Sandra who happened to know the city in and out. The highlights were definitely the nightlife, the culture and experiencing the British tea in the afternoon. This is aside from all the touristy stuff. (London eye, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace etc). You can check this out on my Instagram page within the highlight section because I documented everything.{@Victor_4realzz}For accommodation, Airbnb was the better and cheaper option. london has a good public transportation system and that’s all we used. Ubers are hella expensive so don’t even bother. Another quick tip is if you can set up a contactless payment either on your phone through your debit card, it is so much easier and cheaper as well.London farewell but your boy will be back!

Grown-ish

If there was a legit manual/school or even class on how to adult that one can get access to, please sign me up. I’ve heard it all. From my fellow co-workers, friends and even mentors. They say, “It never gets easier to figure it out, it only gets easier to cope and work your way through it“. Don’t be fooled by what you see online and on social media. People only want you to see what they want you to see. Most of us are struggling or just making the ‘struggle bus‘ look very cute.

We so are so used to a systematic environment from the day you start school but they don’t prepare you once your out of the system. By “they” I am reffering to the education system and institutes. Unless the system has been changed, those in my age group or older know exactly what I am talking about.

I have recently found my self going to seminars and little workshops that teach you  certain things. Like financial advising, money, paying and shopping for health insurance among many others. lets just say adulting is really hard!

Not too long ago, I ran into my high school teacher and home-girl was calling and saying it like it is (love that about her). I remember after chatting about everybody who was in my year that she kept in touch with, I dared to ask her what she thought how my life would turn out. I will not embarass my self by telling yall her thoughts but long story short, she did not hold back. According to her, I was one of the few that somewhat surprised her. Knowing me, I’ve never been predictable but it did feel good to be viewed from a different perspective.

Experiences and conversations through this journey of adulthood have definitely taught me one thing. Never compare your self to those around you. Just like in a race, those who win never look at their competitors. Everybody has their own path. Remaining humble and trusting your own process, is truly a test of its own.

Looking back, 2018 will be a pivotal chapter in my life. In a way, it’s been a remarkable yet the hardest stage of my life. The good has been really great while the bad has been some of the worst fall. Being able to balance everything from responsibilities, expectations, social life/relationships and even that self-care that’s very essential, has been a task.

Now that I have hit a quater life century, it really hit me that one has to be able to prioritize and be realistic when it comes to following your dreams and facing reality. I guess you can’t have it all. Everything comes with a price whether you realize it or not.  Yup, adulting is no joke.

For those who are in college and are really eager to finish and join adulthood, I emphasize to take your time and enjoy right now because that was once me. I would give anything to go back and maybe plan myself a little bit more and enjoy living under my parents roof. Not worrying about bills, loans or fulfilling the worlds expectations.

Back At It. 🥂🍷🍾#winetasting

It’s been close to two years since I visited a vineyard and had a wine tasting session. Today, all the memories came rushing back from the mini adventures that I ventured in South Africa through my wine tasting escapades. Oh Stellenbosch how I miss you.

For those who’ve been with me from back in the day, I am sure you know what am talking about. If you haven’t, please do yourself a favour and go check out my archives and you’ll get all the way caught up.

I got a chance to visit Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton Massachusetts with a group of special folks. Two of my co-workers who I adore to death and Esther who I met for the first time but had a lot of mutual friends. Esther if you’re reading this, I am still baffled why our so called “friends” never introduced us because the connection was too real.

This is my first official wine tasting experience in America and I must say, “What the hell have I been doing with my life?” Quick note to all my wine lovers. It doesn’t matter what location, city or country. The culture of wine tasting is literally all the same. As soon as we arrived, I felt right at home. Not to be extra and all dramatic but I did feel like the prodigal son that had finally returned home.

For just $15, we got to taste and sample 10 different wines out of at least 20 options based on one’s preference. Well technically, you get 10 tokens and you can use them to sample wine, beer or brandy. Of course I used all of mine to try the wines.  Compared to Rands (SA currency🇿🇦), this is some bull pricing but for the average Americans, this is absolutely affordable. The atmosphere and the energy was absolutely amazing. From the open greenery fields to the actual vineyards, the views were absolutely stunning and very relaxing as well.

Towards the end, we bought a couple bottle of wines. Some to take home and the rest to sip while we ate and enjoyed the day and the views.  What better way to soak it all in with some good vibes, friends and amazing outlooks.

The weather was perfect as well which added to the aesthetics of the property that contributed to a dope Instagram pic. As I am getting older, the clubbing scene/night life is kinda getting too outdated for me and I am finding myself leaning towards these kind of vibes and hobbies.

I absolutely recommend for everyone to check out Nashoba Valley Winery. It’s perfect for a date, mini day get away for couples, friends and even with family. Stay tuned because there’s definitely gonna be more post on my wine adventures.

South Western Tip of Africa🌍🇿🇦

I have never really considered myself an outdoor type of person but I think that notion might slightly change to more of a nature lover.

My adoration for nature has tremendously grown and I seem to appreciate it little by little over the years. Not that I have never loved nature but let’s just say that my comfortability in the city, kind of enhanced my closed mindedness when it came to nature. Now this also doesn’t mean that I now love camping, hiking or any of the outdoor activities but for lack of better words, I have grown to see the beauty of it and the interaction one gets with Mother Nature.

I recently got to visit cape point and hiked the trails to the peak. Cape Point marks the south western tip of the African continent, with some of the most Spectacular Ocean and coastal scenery known to man. No doubt, but this was one of the most breath taking views I have ever seen in my life. It is also believed that this is where the two oceans meet. The cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean on the west and the warmer Indian Ocean waters on the east. According to different geographical research, Cape Agulhas which is a few kilometres to the south could also be the point where the two oceans meet. Either way, in both locations you can still notice the difference of the two oceans where one is darker than the other and also the ocean currents. The waves from the Atlantic Ocean tend to be very rough compared to the currents in the Indian Ocean where it is calmer.According to findingtripinfo.com, “The unique characteristics of shoreline, continental shelf, ocean currents and gale force winds can create dangerous rogue waves. The Portuguese mariner Bartolomeu Dias had a particularly bad experience rounding the Cape in 1488 and declared this to be the Cape of Storms (Cabo das Tormentas).”


This is also where Whales too can often be seen between May and November on their annual migration around the Point. If you watch national geographic, this is one of the places they document whales. At least this is what my tour guide told us.

Honestly Words and pictures cannot even describe or showcase half of the beauty that God truly has made. I cannot emphasise enough of how the reflection of the sceneries is as if seeing the face of God. This was truly a life changing experience and I do recommend that it’s a place that one must visit when you travel to South Africa. 

American Oxygen 💨🇺🇸🇺🇸


It really is very interesting how America does impact the rest of the world. I mean I have always been aware of the influence that America has, especially being a super power country but never imagined it to this extent.

I cannot even count the number of times I have been asked my opinion about the current ongoing elections. Who I want to be president, how I feel about Trump or Hillary and last but not least if Obama has done a great job while in office. First of all, I do think Obama will remain as one of the coolest president ever. Not only did he make history as the first black president but he did bring our troops back home and came up with a health care plan that’s really been affordable (Obama health care) and among many other things. I don’t want to go on a tangent because I can go on and on but let’s just agree to disagree in case you feel otherwise. But all in all, know your politics before travelling abroad because believe me, you will be tested through the many conversations you will bound to have.🗣👥👤
Let me start off by how automatically the stereotypical perception that everybody has about America or Americans. Immediately it is assumed that you have been to every state. One question you’re bound to be asked is if you’ve met any celebrity. As Americans, we are very patriotic and take pride in everything that we do or own. Well, the rest of the world is very aware of that too. In my experience, everywhere I have gone including liquor stores or even restaurants, I am always automatically offered the American beer or wine brands and if it’s a fast food restaurant, I am guaranteed that the burger will taste just like in America. The only thing I can attest that is not a stereotype but a fact is that Americans can be very loud. We stand out in everything that we do from how we dress to how we interact.

Also the fact that everything is usually compared to America. In most of my classes, everything that we learn is usually compared to America especially when they are referring to the western world. One thing which I simply can’t wrap my head around, is how the dollar has such a gigantic influence even when other currencies like the pound or euro have a higher value.


Everyone including other international students who are also here for study abroad that I have met, the conversation ends up being all about America. From politics to celebrities. To my surprise, some people tend to know more stuff that I even feel ashamed not knowing about. For example, when I say that I from the states, I am always asked what part or what city. In return I always feel bad and rude because aside from asking where there are from, I cannot proceed with the conversation. This is due to the single fact that I don’t know their politics or even geographically where a specific area would be if I was to ask.

 I am taking a class called ‘HIV and Aids from a South African Perspective’ and it has been very eyeopnening. it’s just sad how we as Americans or other developed nations sometimes tend to forget the privilege that we have being in a developed country. We are not aware of how accessible and the influence we had on the anti-retroviral  drugs when they first came out compared to the rest of the world especially the developing countries. Mind you this is just an example of one of the many things that we are either closed minded on or just haven’t bothered to find out on our own.

I guess what I am really trying to say is that we have to be all rounded as Americans. Unfortunately while our education system does not necessarily teach us about other countries compared to the rest of the world, we have to take the initiative to learn a little bit of everything especially if you want to travel around the world like I do. Before you travel make sure you take some time to learn about the environment of your destination. Because this will come in handy when you end up having conversations with locals and trust me, you do not want it to be a one sided dialogue.

Shine Bright like a Diamond 💎✨

Shine Bright like a Diamond 💎✨

I haven’t visited Cape Town much due to the distance but the few times I have been able to, I try to tour the city as much as I can.

It is said that jewelry is the ultimate expression of love and desire. The gift that forms a lasting impression. 

This past weekend, I met up with a friend and got to check out the ‘hidden’ Diamond Museum.


I am not really into jewelry, let alone fancy jewelry like diamonds, but there was a spark of interest when I got to know of the Museum. 

South Africa otherwise known as Africa’s treasure chest, is one of the leading export in the world when it comes to gold, diamonds, platinum, chrome, manganese, vanadium and vermiculite. The discovery of these minerals has played an important role to the economy growth of the country. 

Located around one of the busiest main streets in Cape Town, this tiny museum is in the basement of a jewelry store where the owner has voluntarily dedicated the space to share his passion in diamonds. 

Mostly known as a jewelry store, the museum itself is not well advertised, unless you come across their website where you can book a tour. Although most people although get to hear about the museum through word of mouth. Incase you walk in, which I did, a guided tour can be offered on request depending on the staff availability. The museum is also really small making it easy for a self guided tour. 


After the tour, one is able to get a basic knowledge of the history of diamonds and gold which are the main stones for jewelry making. One also gets to know the different kinds of stones and how they are extracted/mined. 


For those who are like me, your assured of walkig away with something new learned like how to tell the difference between a fake diamond and a real diamond, including the terms used to identify different stones. 

If you happen to be shopping for a nice expensive jewelry or even an engagement ring for your significant other, the store itself has some great pieces and a wide variety to chose from. They also do customized jewelry as well as cleaning and polishing. 💎💍✨



Best part about this specific museum, is that it’s FREE!! Personally this is an added bonus especially if you are  a tourist on budget like I am. 

Dreaming is believing 

The thought of studying abroad has always been something I have always wanted to do but never imagined in a million years it would turn out like this.

It was through my senior year of high school, when I was visiting colleges that I got to know of this opportunity. Since then, it became one of the priorities that helped me in deciding what college to attend. Long story short, no one told me that it all comes down to money and what school that offers the best for your course of study. 

Within my first and second year of college, I did try to persue study abroad within my school but it wasn’t really encouraged because of the intense course and practicum, that one has to take in the Electronic Journalism Department (Broadcast Journalism). So I kind of gave up on the whole idea.

It was until early this year towards the end of my junior year, where I was really fed up with school and even thought of taking a semester off or even take classes at a community college and get the credits transferred. For those of you who can relate, it gets to a point during your college career where you kind of re-evaluate your life. Meaning you start questioning if your in the right field of study or if your even going to make it through college. Let’s just say I was at that stage. Also, I go to a really small school in the middle of no where with only a population of less than 2000; so you can imagine my state of mind.  

Call it ‘senioritis’ but I knew I needed some type of change or some type of renewed motivation/perspective before I step into the real world.🌍🌏🌎

Thank God for my roommate who brought up the idea of study abroad and before I knew it, she talked me into it. 

Now don’t get me wrong because the process wasn’t easy but it did test me and I guess how I bad I really wanted it. You see I am not a quitter but I am not afraid to give up on things or even irrelevant relationships. (Can be an advantage or a disadvantage). 

Great support from close friends really did push me through. Even a little inspiration from one of my best friends who I consider well travelled played a part. 

All in all I didn’t just pick up and go. It was a lot of self discovery, hardwork, patience, and a lot of  prayer. They didn’t lie when they said, “it happens when you least expect it.”This being my first big travel adventure, I am so looking forward for more. Remember it’s all in the first step and you too can do it.