To others, the mere thought of Kenya is just another travel destination on the bucket list or another passport stamp. For me, it was another opportunity to reconnect with my roots and another chance to remind myself exactly where I came from.

This was my second time to visit Kenya ever since I migrated to the states. (check out my first post of the first time I went back to KENYA). This time round was also special because I saved every dime for this trip to finally go back home. This gave me so much liberation to do exactly what I want and when to. For my fellow African diasporants, yall know what I mean. Every time we visit back home, there are certain obligations that are expected from us. what makes it worse, is the limited amount of time one has to fulfill those obligations while trying to make the most out of your trip. But now that I was going independently and not relying on my parents whatsoever, gave me more freedom and a good reason to only do the things that mattered to me. Aside from reconnecting with family and old friends, your boy was actually doing some adulting things. (upcoming post)

Apart from the warm tropical weather that I had really missed, Nairobi, also known as ‘the city under the sun‘ introduced me to a whole other world. From the social lifestyle to the luxuries and the hustle and grind that Kenyans especially the youth, are currently doing to survive in this one of a kind city. I also had the pleasure of staying with my cousins who live right in the city (S/O to Madaraka). This not only cut the the costs for me significantly but I had access to everything.

For those who haven’t gotten a chance to visit this beautiful country, let me tell you exactly what you are missing out. Kenya is one of the East African countries that is known for its endless savannah, vast wildlife diversity as well as its coastal beaches. As much as I would like to take the credit, I think African Mecca Safaris explains it way better than I would. Among many other things that this gem of a country has to offer, you cannot help but get absorbed by the culture. This ranges both traditionally from all the 52 tribes found in the country to the fast paced city life that Nairobi which is the capital city, has made an impact regionally and within Africa as a whole.

Being the foodie that I am, I was on a mission to experience all the restaurants in Nairobi. Every hyped restaurant that I had seen socialites like Mandi Sarro and Jay take a pic rave about, were number one on the itenary. Calorie counts and conscious weight gain was the least of my problems. From the street food to the fine dining my little budget could afford, my tastebuds had orgasms on the regular. My obsession with avocados were fully satisfied by having it with every meal I consumed. The luxury of having happy hour at major hot spots with rooftop views everyday of the week, definitely took a toll on my liver but no regrets whatsoever. Some might actually argue that I was truly living my best life.

I was in Kenya for about a month. Although I was only in Nairobi, it didn’t change the fact that I got to do so much stuff which I didn’t get to do last time I visited. The night life scene definitely proved to me why Kenyans are known for our huge consumption of alcohol. Come rain or sunshine we will always find a reason to have a drink. Clubbing on a monday is never heard off until you are in Kenya.

I found it very easy to mannouver around the city and to visit all this locations, ofcourse with the help of friends and family. I also had an advantage which is never the case due to the fact that I could speak the language/slang and that I once resided in Kenya. I must say that these time round I was a bit bougie with my form of transportation as I only used Uber or the motor bike rides otherwise known as ‘Boda, Boda’ or ‘Nduthi‘ when I felt daring and spontaneos.

All in all this was the exact break I needed. Reuniting with family, childhood friends and forming new relationships played a significant role in this trip. Those that I connected with and bonded on such a deeper level were the best part of the trip. Just as life was beginning to feel regular and I was not a tourist/visitor anymore, It was time for me to go back to reality. I never cry but leaving home was a one of kind heart break.

If you didn’t keep up with me on social media, attached below is the visual aspect of the whole trip. Make sure to share, subscribe and comment. Thanks for stopping by.

You cannot visit London and not make your way to Paris. It doesn’t work like that and is completely un-natural. Paris is literally 2hrs away by train and even shorter by flight. During my Euro tour, these two cities were a must and literally the two main destinations.

I’ve always thought of visiting Paris in the winter time. Pictures and aesthetics wise, it just made sense in my head. Also the foodie that I am, I was eager and very excited to visit the cuisine capital. Paris is the capital of France. Just like London, it is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion,  and culture. Known for its major landmark like the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Continue reading “PARIS 🇫🇷”

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.

Taste Buds 🇿🇦😝☕️

One thing about South Africa is the pride they take in their rich food culture. Being the foodie that I am, this is literally heaven for me. I thought I was going to lose weight but weightloss is seeming to be more of a future goal than a present moment.

With everything relatively close distance to each other. One cannot miss a coffee shop or some type of local restaurant in whichever direction or street you walk to. Apart from the famous Mcdonalds found on main st,  They barely have corporation based chain restaurants which I think is great because it promotes and encourages local small businesses. 

This morning while walking to get registered for classes, I came across a cafe by the name “TasteBud” which is a food pantry and Eatery. 

 It’s literally a classy, preppy cafe that mostly exudes brunch and coffee vibes☕️. Meaning, all the good stuff that you can think of that falls into the brunch food category. They also happen to serve a lunch buffet with a different menu everyday. ​

Also the staff is very friendly and welcoming which to me has been the best  customer service so far since I have been here. Like most cafes, they have an outside patio where one can enjoy their meal in the beautiful weather. 

 I am definitely looking forward to more Stellenbosch foodie adventures which I will keep you guys posted.