The thought of traveling to Tanzania is still a laughable joke. It was so spontaneous, I am very surprised with the turn that it took (Of course in a good way).

Initially, the plan was to visit Kigali in Rwanda. I mean we started planning this trip all the way in October of last year (2018). Ever since we had a lay over in Rwanda back in 2016 en-route to Dubai, we instantly fell in love and knew that this was a city that had to be added to the bucket list. Continue reading “Dare-salaam, TZ. ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐ŸŒ”

Keep calm coz it’s my Birthday ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ

Keep calm coz it’s my Birthday ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ

It’s crazy how time flies and before you know it, age is literally catching up with you. I recently got the opportunity to celebrate my 23rd birthday with close friends. 

I’ve never really been keen on celebrating my birthdays over the past years. Maybe my 21st birthday but it wasn’t that serious. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I am a party pooper or anything of that sort but I just never found a reason, time, energy and resources to make it a priority to celebrate my birthday. 

Although I must say that this year was different. Taylor swift did not make the song “feeling 22” for no reason. I would say being 22 has been one of the best years in my life. We all have that age number that you wish you could have the chance to live over and over again. For me it was being 22. The amount of blessing that God showered me with, truly gave me a reason to celebrate as I begin my 23 years on this earth. 

Being home has really been very sentimental. The memories and the environment gave me the perfect reason to celebrate my birthday here. Inviting my friends to my humble home and sharing this special day really meant so much. 

Nobody ever said party planning was easy. From grocery shopping to cleaning the house, it was no joke. Being a host you have to cater to each and every one of your guests and make them feel as comfortable as possible.  In most African traditions slaughtering a goat,chicken or cow is usually set for a celebration. It could be a wedding, birthday or just a plain old party. In this case I knew that I had to get me goat. Thank goodness for my friends who came in a day early to help with the preparations. โ€‹



โ€‹All in all. Everything fell into place. Food and drinks were plenty. But most of all the vibe was exactly what I hoped for on this day. I am very grateful to have been blessed yet with another year. I pray for growth and blessings to continue to explore and experience what life has to offer.โ€‹



When one Door closes, another one Opens!! ๐Ÿšช๐ŸŽ†๐Ÿšช

They say that all good things must come to an end. That when one door closes, another one opens. Personally, I can’t believe it’s finally coming to an end. My stay here in South Africa has literally flown by. It was just the other day I was panicking about leaving home and making this big move. Funny how life works. Not only does it force you to grow but self discovery becomes a continues journey with no end destination. My experiences here in South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ will always have a special place in my heart. Initially I didn’t know what to expect. All I knew was that I was in search of something that I still cannot put my finger on upto this date. I needed a change and wanted some type of renewed motivation. I wanted a break from the norm and find new inspiration. The only way I knew to achieve this was to make a drastic change and what better way than to travel half way across the world to a country where nobody knew me and I didn’t know anyone. Truth be told, it was an “Eat,Pray & Love” type of situation and believe it or not, it WORKS!!

The Rainbow Nation has truly surpassed my expectations. I was able to find the things I was looking for and more. From takin on new adventures everyday to lifetime friendships I have formed. Words cannot express the gratitude I have. This newly found confidence, self appreciation and inspiration that I have acquired is proving to be one of the ingredients that I needed to take on the next chapter in my life.Thank you to all those who have supported me in this journey. My family and friends for not only their financial support but their love and understanding that this was something I needed to do for myself. I am grateful to God for fulfilling this dream because HE is the only one who knew how important this experience meant to me. Now that it’s time to move on, I can’t help but be nervouse to what life has in store for me. Being originally Kenyan๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช, I have decided to further this journey to my homeland. Re-kindle old friendships, visit family and relatives. In order for me to move forward I have to remember where I came from and remind myself  the main reason I was put on this earth. 

Please join me in this new adventure as I take on the city under the sun and show you what my mother land has to offer. ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช๐ŸŒโ˜€๏ธ

My Safari!! ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿš›๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ˜

I read a quote that said, “when in Africa, everything bites but the Safari Bug is the worst of them all.”

As funny as it sounds, I must say that it is absolutely true. Don’t know if you could tell by the cover page of my blog, but I have always wanted to go on a safari and this experience was absolutely more than I ever imagined. Apart form the idea in my head and what I had seen on TV, this opportunity was way better than what I expected. 

I had planned to do this adventure as soon as I knew that I was coming to South Africa. When I mean by planning, I am literally talking about from my outfit, to my mini photoshoot angles. Fashion is everything and what better way to express it in every aspect of your life.

We are currently on spring break and this was the perfect time to go on the safari. Normally, it’s encouraged to go on any type of safari before the seasons change. This is due to the migration of animals as they search for pastures and food. 

We decided to go to a private game reserve just because your are guaranteed to see the animals. Through ‘Tourism that cares’, we got a great package that comprised of a rental car, accommodation at a backpackers for 3 nights and the actual safari at Botlierskop Private Game reserve all  for under $200.00. Honestly it doesn’t get any cheaper than that compared to all the deals we found. 

Located in Mossle Bay Western Cape, it was a 4hr drive from stellenbosch. Not gonna lie but lowkey, I was very nervous to drive just because we usually drive on the left and in SA, they drive on the right. Ofcourse at some point I found myself on the wrong lane but all in all I got the hang  of it. One thing to keep in mind, is that not all areas in South Africa are mapped on the GPS, so getting lost and reading maps is a norm. So you can only imagine the struggle that we went through. But The gorgeous scenery made up for everything.

โ€‹โ€‹Situated between the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian ocean, the Botlierskop Private Game Reserve offers close to a 4hour scenic drive of the game park while riding in a 4×4 truck viewing 4 of the Big 5. Lions, elephants, buffalo’s, giraffes, rhino’s, hippos, rare black impalas and more as well as a unique bird life.โ€‹


I would not trade this experience for anything in the world. I must say that this was a dream come true and cannot wait to go on my next big adventure. 

Adrenaline Junkie ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐ŸŒ

There were specific things that I had made up my mind to do during my stay here in South Africa.

I’d like to believe that I am somewhat adventurous. I tend to put myself out there and experience things that I have never done before. Last weekend I had the chance to do the unthinkable; shark cage diving. This is usually one of those crazy adventures you see on National Geographic, but I never imagined I would end up doing. Come to think of it, I think I am slowly becoming an adrenaline junkie. 

There are different types and methods of shark cage diving. But the main point is to get into a well secured cage, that’s shark proof and able to examine dangerous types of sharks up close. This can include various species of sharks, but the most commonly observed within the confines of a cage are the great white shark and the bull shark, which are both known to be aggressive at times.  

For this specific adventure, my group and I decided to do it at Gansbaai which is a 2 hour drive from Stellenbosh. This area is well known as the Capital of The Great White Shark. If your a big fan of National Geographic, this is also the same place where they come to view the great white sharks and where some of the episodes have been filmed. There was no doubt about it that it would be the best location for us to get the full experience. 

Normally when booking for a shark cage diving or tour, it’s advised to book at least one day in advance. We left early in the morning and got to the to the site where we we got free breakfast and safety tips before the trip. At around 8am we launched. For shark cage diving, most places do early mornings or just before noon. I am guessing this because of the tides or that’s when the sharks are more available. Not really sure. 

Initially I was somewhat hesitant about doing this adventure just because you are never guaranteed that you will see any sharks. According to our tour guide, their has been times where they have gone for tours several days in a row but never saw anything. So this was almost a financial risk just because you do not want to pay for something like this and not get the full experience. But to my understanding most places offer you a free pass on your next visit just incase you don’t get to see the sharks. 

The trip to the diving spot, which is in the middle of nowhere, takes about 25 minutes where the preparations start. Once we got there,  the cage was lowered into the water and the chum (bait) is dumped out to sea and made to lure the sharks. The cage floats in the water next to the boat with the bottom of the cage about 6ft deep under water and the top of the cage about 1ft above the water. 
At this point, I started getting sea sick because of the rocking of the boat due to the winds and tides and the worst part, the fish smell. Trust me it was not a good look especially the fact that I threw up a couple times.๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ท. 

At this time, we were all instructed to change into our wet suits and be fully ready so when the shark comes by there wouldn’t be any time wasted. This is because the shark necessarily doesn’t have to hang around. They can literally swim by and never come back again if they feel endangered. About twenty to thirty minutes or so of waiting, our first shark came by. The first group was instantly put into the cage. After 10 mins the 1st group got out and then the second group got in. In total we got to see two sharks that both came by. All in all each group got ample time to see the shark up close and we were all ecstatic that got to see them, like I said before it’s never fully guaranteed that you will see that sharks. 
Surprisingly during this whole experience I never got scared. Not even once. It was a pure adrenaline rush. I still can’t believe that I got to do this experience.



โ€‹Right now my limits are set so high that I can’t wait to see what I do next. My new motto is to replace fear of the unknown with curiosity. 

South Western Tip of Africa๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

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 letโ€™s just say that my comfortability in the city, kind of enhanced my closed mindedness when it came to nature. Now this also doesnโ€™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, โ€œThe 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).โ€

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 itโ€™s a place that one must visit when you travel to South Africa. 

American Oxygen ๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

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 thatโ€™s really been affordable (Obama health care) and among many other things. I donโ€™t want to go on a tangent because I can go on and on but letโ€™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.๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ‘ฅ๐Ÿ‘ค
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 youโ€™re bound to be asked is if youโ€™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 itโ€™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 canโ€™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 donโ€™t know their politics or even geographically where a specific area would be if I was to ask.

 I am taking a class called โ€˜HIV and Aids from a South African Perspectiveโ€™ and it has been very eyeopnening. itโ€™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 havenโ€™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.