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Touring Dubai

Ola Folks!

Happy New Year and all that good stuff. 2015 already feels amazing and we are only what, 7 days in? 7 is my lucky number so hey, guess it’s a good sign! Not much talk on this post but I want to update you on my recent travel escapades during the holiday season, its been a jam packed one this time, think one of the best Christmas holidays I have had in a very long time.

Yes people, it’s about time for another pictorial:) I got an opportunity to visit the United Arab Emirates, particularly Dubai and Abu dhabi for Christmas, thank you so much mum, best holiday ever! Dubai is tres amazing, so much culture all in one place and a lot of fun as well. We were only there for 5 days so the itinerary was full of tourist to-do list stuff every day and being my adventurous self, I took some random tours of my own… I learnt from the best about #LivingLikeAlocal… s/o to @CollegeTourist for the life lesson, so adapting to the city’s way of life wasn’t so challenging.

Some fun facts about Dubai guys:

  1. Home to the Tallest building in the world – The Burj Khalifa
  2. Home to the 1st ever 7 star hotel
  3. Dubai issues out 16,000 visas per day! Damn…
  4. 900 flights in & out of the Dubai airport daily
  5. Over 200 nationalities can be found in Dubai on any given day
  6. Home to one of the biggest malls in the world – The Dubai Mall
  7. It is the fastest growing desert country in the world

I’ll let the pictures to the rest of the talking… I will add this though… Dubai made me fall in love with hummus! Anyone who knew me from college knows how much I detested hummus, but had so much of it in Dubai that I crave it now haha.. weird I know.

Desert Safari

 

Le Brother fell asleep during the desert safari lol

 

Desert Siblings!

 

 

 

Downtown waiting to catch a bus

 

HUMMUS!

 

Downtown Dubai

 

This Cake is called The Blackout Cake… I’m sure you can tell why by the size. @Cheesecakefactory tried to kill me with this one

Loved Dubai and all it had to offer, will definitely make a point to go back and explore some more! Quick tip for anyone going there, take the metro wherever you go, much easier, cheaper than a cab and most metro stations connect to major malls and buildings all over the city so not much walking involved. 
 
I ended my year with a short trip down to the coast with some friends which was also an amazing time, but that pictorial will be saved for another time. My wanderlusting appetite was really satisfied in 2014. I had planned to only travel to ONE country (Tanzania) as that’s all I could afford, ended up going to 3 more countries, Zanzibar, the US, and UAE all in a few months time! This proved to me that traveling wherever you wanna go is not impossible at all, you just have to make it happen for yourself and it will. 
 
2015 is here and yet again I have one country in mind (my goal is to travel to one place I have never been every year) but I won’t limit myself to that one because who knows what’s in store???
 
Happy new year once again and hope you all achieve everything you have set out for the year and so much more.
 
Ciao!

 

A One Way Ticket To The End Of 2013

11:45pm, Christmas Eve. It baffles me how I get weird writing urges so late in the night. #NocturnalTendencies. ANYHU… It’s been quite a while hasn’t it? About 2 months me thinks. Well a lot has happened since my last post, and yes, still haven’t read a book since hence the #TypewriterTuesdays hiatus. But with the New Year comes a new review hopefully! You know how December holidays go, so let’s make it by February latestJ
So I recently moved back home. Yes, permanently. I literally woke up one day, and made the decision to book a one-way ticket to Nairobi. And to be honest I really never thought this day would come. Not this soon at least. But then again it was about time. My extended stay in the US after graduating was basically me not wanting to face the reality of my life as it was post everything that happened within the last 2 years of my life.  I always thought of going back home as taking two steps back when I was finally ready to take my first step forward.  I was scared. Scared of being back in my mother’s house after being on my own for so long. Scared of being the only one not succeeding, not doing something amazing with my life, scared of facing some cold hard truths such as the reality of my single life. It never really hit home until I was actually home. I first came back for a brief visit this past summer and the latter hit me harder than a ton of bricks.
I left home once again but this time with no school to distract me and no concrete schedule to follow. Meaning I had time to let my mind wonder and figure things out for myself without anyone whispering over my shoulder. I was truly and fully alone. Captain of my ship, master of my fate… The past 6 months have been hard, extremely hard but also life changing and filled with so much growth and I think that’s exactly what I needed to give me that time to ‘find myself’ for lack of a better euphemism and make the sound decision on my own to come back home and start this chapter of my life afresh.
2013 has been a year and a half. And as the year comes to an end I choose to celebrate the positives that have come out of all the negatives in this year. Positives such as my column on The College Tourist, my slowly but surely better relationship with my mother, the Godson I acquired this year who I love dearly, and the amazing people I have crossed paths with throughout this past half of the year. You don’t know just how much you impacted my life. 2014 feels hopeful and I like that feeling a lot. This life is one and one alone. I have to make it count for something right?

 

 

 

 

 

Have a great last 5 days of the year guys, have fun but stay safe, I’d still love to have my readers with me come 2014!

Catch Up Session ft #CollegeTourist & #HugSitawa

So it’s been quite a while since I’v been to the wrytersden… SORRY!. So very sorry my dears, been a hectic couple of weeks and I have been neglectful of this here blog, but I have some free time now and I can catch up with you all as I let you in on my new ventures.

Today’s will be a brief post, as I am juggling very many things at once but first things first, I’m a columnist now!!! Yay to baby steps in this lifestyle writer dream:-) I interned at The College Tourist during the summer and it was really fun to have a job that basically wants you to travel and write about it. And now, with the internship done and me being in a whole new city, I didn’t think I would get a chance to write for them again until I got the call! Okay it was an email but I digress… still uber cool to be asked to head your own column on a globally known website. *Marks off bucket-list* Shout out to the College Tourist team, really appreciate this opportunity! If you want to keep up with my work there, which as my friends and loyal readers you should be doing already lol… You can find my column here.

It’s been about 2 weeks since the Westgate Attack and it’s still looming in my mind as I’m sure it is with all of you. We still have no answers about what happened to the remaining hostages but my guess is as good as any that they couldn’t have survived this long in the rubble that is Westgate mall right now. So sad. What’s even sadder is the looting that took place apparently long after the seige was done by our own defense forces. I don’t know how true this is but if it is… it’s disgusting to think about. Meanwhile Kenyan politics seems to have more drama than an entire season of love and hip hop nowadays… What is going on?? I won’t even get into it. If I start ranting I won’t stop.

Atlanta on the other hand is on a mission to fatten me up with all its generous southern delicacies. I need to stop eating so much lol. I started working out.. for the UMPTEENTH time. I promise to stick to it this time, otherwise come Christmas time, I’ll be the size of a generic snowman. Aside from my foodie problems, Iv really settled here in the A. The weather is perfection. After Cali and NY I think Atlanta is the perfect balance when it comes to weather in the United States. It’s supposedly Fall here and the sun rises at 7am everyday and still sets at 8pm, still feels like summer down south so Im good with that!

Have you all seen or heard of the Hug Sitawa campaign? Check out the hashtag #HugSitawa and get informed! When it comes to topics of women and rape, I’m always interested as I have an intense mission to greatly reduce rate of rape crimes not only in Kenya but the whole world over. No woman should ever go through such a heinous act. Unfortunately, famed Kenyan poet Sitawa Wafula fell victim to rape and it affected her very badly as depression and a mental condition soon followed. She however decided not to stay mum about it but to share her story and get her voice heard. She knows there are countless people out there who have gone through the same thing or are undergoing a mental illness of some sort and she wants to help. All she needs is a hug from each and every one of you. The #HugSitawa campaign was formed to help establish an information hub and hotline for anyone in need of someone to talk to, anyone who needs someone who understands what they are going through. “I plan to do this through digital storytelling where I will teach writing therapy which has really helped me in my journey and use the blogs, journals and poems as sources of information and edutainment.” Sitawa carefully explained on her site. I decided to give her my hug by shedding light on the great campaign here and let her know I fully support this movement! Hugs to you @SitawaWafula all the way from Atlanta! Please check out her campaign here and hug Sitawa today in whatever way you can.

Okay so once again… this post turned out longer than I thought. I wont write a paragraph more. Promise. Typewriter Tuesdays is on an impromptu break but will return to your airspace in due time! I am also working on a new project with this dollface @mysscheeks and her army of minions lol which I shall reveal when the time is right.

Till next time!