Malindi is famous for a lot of things, one of them being that more Italian is spoken there than Swahili. Slight exxageration. There are other things too, like Hell's kitchen. Travel is mostly about disappearing, well at least not literally. The 9-5, the filing of reports, the numerous meetings to attend, the run ins with the landlord and other day to day routines. To 'disappear' and going places could even be equated as one and the same thing. In one of my escapades I stumbled upon a town that disappeared into the
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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
It’s nice to go against the rules once in a while. It feels good. I did that and visited a touristy place – the Nairobi Animal Orphanage. There are many things that can be said about this place. One gets really close to the animals, at least closer than one (safely) would in the jungle. I don’t like animals in cages. For almost any primary school in Kenya, the syllabus involves a trip to the Nairobi Animal Orphanage. Year later, I decided to go back there. This time it was different. No school bus. No teacher following you
You know those days when you’ve had a crazy week and all you want is to lay low? Away from the crazy traffic, bad workmates and all that? Well, I recently discovered what is, without a doubt, now one of my favorite spots near Nairobi. Paradise lost. There’s a lot in a name they said, I believe them! Visiting some of these places makes me realize just how many hidden gems there are in Kenya, and in any other country for that matter. It’s gratifying to discover a less touristy place that satisfies one’s wanderlust. Paradise lost
It is impossible to exhaust Hell's Gate. There's just too much. You know, that place that is dynamic in every way possible. Hell's Gate is found in the environs of Lake Naivasha, and is home to around 100 species of birds, flora, and a variety of wildlife. We dwelt a little bit on the wildlife, birds, and all that. It is not possible to fully cover all there is in the park especially given I'm nothing close to a biologist. I hate misleading. I haven't yet found the need to know each bird by their name. Things change, I know. In
You know those old photos that used to take forever before you had them from the cameraman and/or studio? Those, coupled with scattered memories, were the only thing I had on Naivasha. And not Hell's Gate. Lake Naivasha. I was there about 20 years ago, sigh. So I jumped right in when I heard some guys were headed there. On that note, there are very many individuals and companies that plan weekend trips to Hell’s Gate, in Naivasha, and at very nominal prices. If you’re like me, out-of-town is your kind of thing. Beaten paths,
Adventure is what defines us. Life is an adventure in itself. We could take adventure to imply uncertainty, adrenaline, hope, struggle, and excitement. Well, at least that’s my definition. We are such that the next minute is just as unpredictable as the next year. Faced with such incertitude, why not just dive in? Face all that sound unachievable, invent new experiences. I know, it’s easier said than done. I lost count of the number of times I failed to do something that seemed way out of my comfort zones. But it’s all about baby
Myths and misconceptions have clouded the thoughts of most, making them miss out on what is otherwise one of the richest places on earth. Okay, to be fair, I am an optimist. Maybe Africa is not where we are supposed to be for one reason or the other. I can get political here but I won’t :-P National geographic and Discovery Channel have done a great job promoting Africa’s biodiversity. Scenes from what is otherwise a brilliant exposé, if I may, have unfortunately been misconstrued by most to mean that we are all about wildlife.
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
Mombasa is, in many ways, one of the best cities there is. There is too much diversity, and one never lacks things to see or do. It’s not uncommon to find yourself in a town for just a few hours. Maybe before you proceed to another town or country. What if that town is Mombasa? While it’s impossible to exhaust everything there is to see in this coastal town, you can make the few hours worthwhile. Fort Jesus is how. [caption id="attachment_223" align="alignnone" width="1024"] A section of the gun platform in the
If you have made it through life without the help of anyone else, I doubt this post will interest you. Volunteering defines humanity since it is one of the ways one can make a difference – no matter how small. The beauty is that no one is too poor to give, and it’s one of the most gratifying experiences one could ever have. Unfortunately, we have to deal with issues such as hunger and untold poverty. While it may be impossible to eliminate such in their entirety, it is possible to be part of something beautiful. Even more
We all strive to find the sweetness in our hearts – directly and/or indirectly. That explains why we seek new relationships, why we have to deal with heartbreaks… Well, it’s only after we discover the love in our hearts that we can see the same in others. We can go on and on about love, but is all narrows down to the fact that is the world’s greatest dynamic, it overshadows race, clogs religious differences… it’s the difference between us and rocks.
There is so much to learn from your immediate environment. This
Maasai Mara is one of the most preferred places to do an African safari. First things first though. I'm so excited to do my first post on Kenya. One, it's Kenya... two, I'm Kenyan. But seriously, I love Kenya so much, some people (wink) thinks its crazy! Whether you're a Kenyan or not, there's so much to love about this country. Hopefully my blog will convince you that :) So, one of the most visited places in Kenya is the Maasai Mara. This is a destination that is highly recommended for both seasoned and first-time
Having traveled across India for a few months now, I thought this post would serve to best introduce what have been some of the most amazing moments ever. What comes to your mind once India is mentioned? The Big Bang Theory? Crowded streets? Kurtas and saris? I decided to help those who hope to travel to the South East Asian country understand just what (not) to expect! ‘Indian’ is not a language! It has been a popular thought of most that Indians all use the same language, and it is called “Indian”. Well, it’s not true. The