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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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mount kenya

Mount Kenya: 1001 things to do besides summiting

Mount Kenya, like any other mountain, means different things to different people. For many years, it has been that strong tower that housed the snow that was absent everywhere else. Beer lovers gather in bars across the country to sip on White Cap, while engaging in deep and not-so-deep conversations. Guess it’s safe to say Mount Kenya houses our deepest thoughts, our fears, our hopes… our pride. What’s more, before Kenya got her independence, her soldiers used some parts of the mountain as hideouts. They held regular meetings

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lake chala

Couple of random stuff about Lake Chala

Love in Taveta Taita Taveta County will be many things to you, but top on the list will be the reiteration of human kindness. They are the most charitable lot you will come across in a long time. Well, unless you’re the kind that has little regard for locals. BTW, what then is your motivation? You know, those people who visit places as if a gun was placed to your head? It’s really strange seeing some of y’all on the road. Embrace the differences or stay at home, please. We really need to talk about the dissimilarities between

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kenyan coast

Lake Jipe et al.; Exploring County 006, Part 1

The Kenyan coast has to come up any time you do a random search of places to visit in Kenya. "It has to be different this time", you say. Your journey to Taita Taveta County will most likely be characterized by smooth roads, well, up until Taveta town. There are also high chances of spotting one, or many, humongous red elephants. They will be striding in indescribable majesty across the extensive plains, crossing the road once in a while right in front of your car just to remind you who is king.

You

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world tour

World Tour on Bikes? Meet the Kenyan Duo that’s seeking to do it

How does a world tour sound? But first, the “extra-ordinary people” category has always been there on the blog. However, I have never written anything under the same. Not to mean I haven’t met people who qualify… my Instagram family is extraordinary, I’ve met people who go out of their way to make the world a better place. I really think I should do such posts more often. Let me know what you think? How about seeing the world while riding a cool bike? That’s exactly what these amazing guys are onto. We start this off

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planting trees

Kinga Conservancy – Planting trees, and hope.

For Earth day this year, we were part of something very sobering. It is amazing just how much us human beings can achieve within such a short period. By the time Kenya was getting her independence, about 10 percent of her land was covered with trees. By the year 2006, that figure had dropped to 1.7%. Quantifying what we have in 2017 is just sad. Deforestation has proven the extent to which human selfishness runs. Seems like at some point most of us stopped planting trees while the rest were busy decimating them. If the trends

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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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Conservation in Ol Pejeta – the world’s last male white rhino

We live in times where everyone is under pressure to perform that they often ignore how their actions could affect the rest. If history is anything to go by, however, that is pretty much human nature. It is also very normal for humans to stand in the way of any conservation efforts. Few months ago, I bought Theodore Roosevelt’s autobiography. I did not finish reading it. That is very uncharacteristic of me. I am a relatively impatient person but that changes when it comes to books; I will keep reading till I find my “moment”. My

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Adventure in Nairobi in 20 pictures

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

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Few hours in Mombasa? Here is a plot!

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

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maasai mara

The Maasai Mara in 15 pictures

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

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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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