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 As I am getting older, the clubbing scene/night life is kinda getting too outdated for me and I am finding myself leaning towards these kind of vibes and hobbies.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.

All Good Things Must Come To An End.

All Good Things Must Come To An End.

It has been a long eventful 6 months and in just a couple of hours I will be getting on a flight back home.🛫✈️ Words cannot even express the emotions, thoughts and feelings racing through my mind.​

​When I started this adventure, I was running away from the norm in my life. Looking forward to something new and opening myself to new possibilities, friends and most of all, a new dream to live and fight for. The man that I was beginning this journey is not the same man that I am right now as I write this blog.

Looking back, its not as easy and glamorous as it looks or sounds. I have been forced to face my fears, tackle new challenges, spend a lot of money, find myself and even re-evalute my life. Through this process I have been truly humbled. Theres been a lot of tears, joy, laughter and most of all, a closer relationship with God.

As I go back home,  I vow to practice all that I have learnt in the past 6 months and live life to the fullest. The motivation and inspiration that I was all along looking for, has ignited the fire in my heart that was once dying out.Reflecting on the memories, adventures, old friends that I have re-connected and new friendships that I have made along the way, will truly and forever be tattooed in my heart.

Thank you to all those who took the time to walk with me through this journey. See you on the other side.👋🏾✌🏾

When one Door closes, another one Opens!! 🚪🎆🚪

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 🇿🇦 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 Kenyan🇰🇪, 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. 🇰🇪🌍☀️

FEES MUST FALL!! 🌍📚📝🇿🇦#feesmustfall

The #FeesMustFall is a movement led by South African students to protest against the increasing tuition at universities all around the country. Initially, it began late last year at the University of Witwatersrand campus and now other universities like Stellenbosch, University of Cape Town and many others have joined in taking the stand.


When I found out that I was coming to South Africa, I was slightly aware of the protests but never really paid much attention to it. It was until in the last week I got to know first-hand what the movement was all about. There has been a lot of disruption on campus like classes being cancelled and the closing of the library due to the protest but it has all been non-violent.


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Granting the focus of the protests is mostly the rise in fees, other factors have added to the cause of the movement. Lack of funding of higher education from the government and the quality of education offered to minority students or those from poor backgrounds who are already struggling to attend university, has added to socio-economic and racial inequality issues.


In the beginning, I was very intrigued and very curious to see the protest for myself. Being that I was ignorant, it was more of an adrenaline rush of an experience that I was longing for, not knowing that it’s a serious issue that’s affecting people’s lives and their future. Growing up, my parents have instilled the importance of education and I’ve grown to believe that it’s a human right that should be accessible to everyone. Although, I never faced the struggle of not being able to go to school, this movement has absolutely been an eye opener of some of the privileges I already have.


Being able to see young folks like myself passionately fighting for what they believe in, has truly inspired me to also do the same. Not just in the society but also in my personal life.


In the words of William Faulkner, “Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.”

Food Lover’s 😋💞

I must say that this week has not been quite easy. While still grieving the sudden death of a class mate, we’ve had a lot going on here on campus with the fees must fall protests, which I will write about in my next post. But the preparation for the International Food Event really took my mind off of things.


With this week being international week at Stellenbosch University, different activities have been held each day to celebrate the diverse nationalities and ethnicities of students here on campus. Last night it was the International Food Evening, where different groups got to showcase food that represented their countries.

Being originally Kenyan🇰🇪, I was very eager and determined to represent Kenya and showcase some of their traditional food. Initially, I never saw any Kenyans during my stay here but when I signed up to participate in the international food event, I found out that there was a Kenyan society. We were able to link up and plan accordingly to win this year. Apparently in the past couple years, Kenya had always placed second, while Germany always won.


“Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul”. Dorothy Day.

My passion and love for food has tremendously grown, especially being here and being able to taste different types of cuisines.  To me this opportunity was the perfect challenge to test my cooking skills and proclaim my title as an International Chef. Mind you, the portion size was recommended to serve between 100-150 people. Yikes! Imagine the amount of pressure.

We decided as a team to cook at least 4 types of dishes that represented different tribes in Kenya. Chapatti, Githeri, lentil stew, and Bhajia. I offered to cook the Githeri, knowing the background of the dish and the fact that I eat at home all the time.




When it comes to Githeri, the main ingredients are maize/corn, potatoes and beans. It’s very similar to a chilli except that the Githeri can contain more vegetables but all in all it can also be grouped as a type of stew .The good thing about this dish, is you have room to play around with different flavours and ingredients making it your own. Furthermore, it’s easier serving to a large crowd.


The turnout was pretty amazing. I mean the place was heavily packed. Seeing everybody taking pride in their creations was very touching and humbling at the same time. To me it was more of a food lover’s event.


Some of the downfalls I faced was working in a small kitchen and not being able to get the specific ingredients that I always use to make my type of Githeri. But just like Beyoncé, I made lemonade out of the lemons I got.🍋

From all the feed back I got from those who were able to taste my food, I think I nailed it. 


We placed third in food presentation and for the first time won overall for the best dishes in spite of starting late. With this newly found victory, it really got me wondering whether this might be my calling. I do believe that a person can have more than one calling. Well if it is, I’m ready to take on this path and see what the future beholds for me.


 

My Safari!! 🇿🇦🌍🚛🦁🐘

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.


​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.​


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 🐋🐬🇿🇦🌍

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.😫😷. 


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.

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​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.