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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mountains; How we found ourselves, and conquered

There will be a lovely sunrise and/or sunset. You have not seen such views before. We have completed every other one we started. You will get lost. And tired. You cannot be the same after the experience. We always find ourselves somewhere between the start and the end of the trail to the mountains. Those are SOME of the thoughts we have before any hike. We would hate to wake up and realize that we got used to hiking, and that it does not give a thrill of some kind. Then we would consider ourselves lost; not the numerous

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Beaching; the mystery town

There are many reasons I love history. Top on the list is that it makes us, even literally. Failing to remember history could also mean that we get to relive it. One is certain to get a better understanding of themselves, and our common humanity – which is essentially the reason we (should) live. So, once in a while I visit places with evidence of history. Jumba ruins is such a place. This is one of my best places in Mtwapa. A little background of the site. The place was referred to as “Jumba la Mtwana”, which is

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999 places to visit; is Mount Everest one?

Mount Everest has been on the news over the last few days for the wrong reasons – it cut short what were otherwise very promising lives. I don’t know what comes into your mind when the said mountain is mentioned. Personally, the only thing that comes into my mind is Nepal. Which is not news cuz what else am I expected to think of anyway. However, the recent stories got me thinking of something different; dreams. I know people whose dream is to make it up the Summit (that’s the name given to the highest part of the Everest which is

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Nepal – the grand awakening

“Who sent me here?” That was one of the many questions I asked myself just a few hours after I landed in Kathmandu. I flew from India, and even through it’s about 1 hour from Delhi, I had to spend 11 hours of layover at the Delhi airport – was connecting from Pune. Anyways, I’m used to making unconventional decisions. I don’t know what I hoped to get in/from Nepal, but I went anyway. So, here I was freezing, tired, and questioning my capability to make sound decisions. It was end-January so it was still winter. I am not used

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Leaving my comfort zone

The comfort zone is just that - (superficial) comfort. Seriously, there is nothing else to it. Ready, Set… Go (No??) One of the scariest things in life is trying out something new. The comfort zone is, without a doubt, one of the best places to be. But life is changing, and fast. Humans are no longer contented with what they have. Life has now become a mystery that everybody hopes to solve. While we may not all be James Bond, time is always sufficient to help us understand what we can do to become better people - whatever

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About Wachera

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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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