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cameroon genocide

A genocide is brewing in Cameroon – the world is silent

I am writing about this because: I’m very angry I’m African I have your attention I do not have the emotional capability to keep answering every single message on the same. Few weeks ago, 11 Thai kids were stuck in a cave. The world stopped. The sigh of relief was almost tangible after the end of the rescue operations. Side story that one. Since 2016 Cameroon has been in war. Just so that no one gets left behind, it’s not a civil war like some guys have been claiming. It is different when those being

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bad people

9 reasons I don’t fuck with bad people

Having a blog often means deciding which stories one’s gonna share and which they won’t. I’ll share some with you because it’s important. I have met people who have given up on the human race, making them incapable of trusting. Honestly, that’s mostly a bad thing. There are so many good people in this world, you’re really missing out while focusing on negative vibes. Also, as I keep saying, don’t be scared of traveling alone. Yes, even as a black African girl. Here goes: The other day in Benin, my Airbnb host didn’t pick up

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hammam

Disrobed – My Hammam Experience

Everybody now knows I love Morocco. It is one of those countries where I did not struggle to fit in; I had the ultimate the experience. The highlight of my trip? Snail soup. The people. Okay, it was the hammam. I cannot decide. Here’s how my hammam experience went down. What is a hammam? It is a bathhouse/steam bath that is integral and ancient part of Moroccan culture. First, a brief history of this bathing tradition: It originated from the Arabs and Romans, without who, guys would still be using cold water to shower and

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Usambara Mountains – You won’t find a better guide elsewhere

People are finally realizing that the wilderness is a necessity, and that going to the mountains is synonymous to going home. For me, the Usambara Mountains is like that lost rib. Sometimes home is overrated. Here’s where it all started: A friend and I were planning to getaway for a few days. Strange cuz it was only a few days after the Turkana trip. Have you guys visited that place yet btw? Why do I seem to need so many breaks? Okay, let’s call it homesickness and carry on 😛 Texts later, I come up with Tanga. It’s close

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aberdares

Hiking in Kenya – Daring the Rurimueria Trek, Aberdares

Most of my days do not start at 3 a.m. Any such day then has to be worth it. Let’s face it: life is constantly a fingers-crossed situation. We don’t know what will happen the next minute – we can only hope. Hope is the fuel that drives us humans, and the quality of our lives is (mainly) determined by the extent and quality of our optimism. Well, it was worth it! Hiked one of the most unexplored treks in Kenya, setting records left, right, and center. Background: The Aberdare Range Kenya is generally mountainous if the

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tourist

5 Reasons you’re a traveler, not a tourist. Or are you?

So, are you a traveler or a tourist? The travel industry is quickly revolving into a culture. Names have been coined from different languages to fit these experiences. You should really look up travel jargon; they make guys sound exquisite. As a travel lingo bonus just for you, prix fixe (pree feeks) refers to something with a fixed price. Haggle only for thrill, but it’s most likely not going down. How do you prefer traveling? What activities do you engage in when you do? These are some of the questions that are likely to let

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ocean reef

The mystery that is the ocean reef – journeying the ocean

If you’re in any way intrigued by the ocean, this post is for you. Specific reference will be made to the Indian Ocean. This Ocean is named after India, and is referred to as Ratnākara in Sanskrit literature. There is quite a lot to be said about (any) ocean. However, let’s dwell on ocean reefs. The other day we took that literal journey into the Indian Ocean. I know no one disagrees that the Ocean is no one’s mother ;). Still, it has been said that only about 5 percent of the ocean has been explored! Granted, new things are

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nguuni nature sanctuary

Nguuni Nature Sanctuary – Mombasa’s best kept secret

Nguuni Nature Sanctuary is everything you never thought the Kenyan coast could offer. Mombasa is known for a lot of things, but not the giraffe-sunset combo. By definition, this setting serves as a refuge to different kinds of animals. The property is extremely expansive - about 100 acres. It is owned and managed by Bamburi Cement. Some of the animals in the facility include giraffes, ostriches, elands, and waterbucks among others. They have more than 200 species of birds and hundreds of butterflies. The sanctuary is named

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world environment day

Let us talk nature – World Environment Day 2017

Today is World Environment Day :) Once in a while I binge watch. I am very flexible when it comes to what I watch. Okay, perhaps not very. Another thing you should know about me is that I FEAR animals. That includes hens and all that stuff. I chicken out, a lot ;) . Few weeks a good friend dropped off some movies for my binge watching session. Ironic that I’m discussing this on such a day. Today in World Environment Day, a day set aside to appreciate nature. This year’s theme is ‘Connecting People to Nature”. Never,

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girls getaway ideas

County 006 – Unlimited Adventure with the girls

“Hey boss, can you take a picture of us?” It’s impossible to put into perspective the number of times that phrase was used. I’m excited about this post just as much as I was about the last trip. I also hope you'll get some girls getaway ideas. Granted, it takes a little commitment and almost as little cash to have fun. What happens when 3 girls travel together? A lot! I just came back from one of the craziest and most random adventures ever. It was mainly characterized by laughter, chasing sunrises and sunsets, boat rides,

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bungee jumping

The scariest thing I have ever done

I’ve done a number of things that my mum definitely does not approve. Bungee jumping, however, has to be the scariest thing I’ve ever done. The last few days got me thinking a lot about this journey: what it was meant to be, what it has become, and all that. Also, someone asked me what my scariest moment is... so here we go. Bungee jumping in the River Nile I always knew I had an immense height phobia, but that has constantly been reminded to me over the last few months. I’m not a fan of (over)thinking so normally I just

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solo travel

5 reasons you should take the next trip alone

Solo travel. Because life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. As I write this, I have around 36 hours before my next trip. I haven’t packed anything… except my camera :) It’s been quite some time since I did a long hike, and also since I traveled alone. Let’s face it. There are many things that are comforting about traveling in a group. The last major trip I did was to Turkana – forget the constant search for new beaches around my town! On that note, I will share images from some of the most spectacular beaches in

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white water rafting

Lessons Learned from White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting in the River Nile White water rafting is one of the most humbling, yet exciting recreational sport. Won’t lie: it was never on my “have-to-do” list. Come to think of it, I don’t think I have such a list. Anyway, that happened and I’m yet to recover from the adrenaline rush. That should make up for being tear-gassed on New Year’s Eve, yikes! Apparently, Ugandan police found it appropriate to disperse guys as they waited for midnight fireworks. That officially marks my third crappy New Year’s Eve – in a row! So

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life lessons

16 life lessons learned when traveling

About life lessons. Guys, Happy New Year! It’s been ages since I did a post. No pressure :) I don’t know if people still make New Year resolutions, but I have one this year – to travel more. This was inspired by the many life lessons I have learned since I took to the road. It’s amazing just to sit and think about them. Traveling is a skill I hope to master, and I think part of that requires that resonates with all the benefits of the same. Let’s dive right in, shall we? No one is too poor to be helpful I keep saying

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Solo travel destinations; a recount

It’s my anniversary – it was 4 days ago :) So, it’s been 1 year since I decided that I had been answering the question of what-do-you-want-to-be-when-you-grow-up all wrong. A traveler would have been the most ideal response! Taking that first step happens to be one of the best decisions I have made in my life. Things move fast: from googling "solo travel destinations" and "places to volunteer" to now where a great chunk of my time goes to finding cheap flights. 1 year and several countries later, I have encountered hundreds of

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About Wachera

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wachera

I can’t keep calm! That’s probably the worst tag line ever, but it’s true. I have tried finding fulfilment from settling down and focusing on one activity and place, but I failed terribly. Okay, I should probably start by telling you who I am. My name is Wachera, a daughter of the African soil. Just recently, I realized that Wachera is native for “the one who loves travelling” . Read more

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