Two posts in less than a week?? I did promise y’all I would be more focused now so yay:) I came across a blogging challenge on twitter from the @AfroBloggers account. 30 days, 30 different topics to cover to help one either start a blog or in my case – restart blogging and I decided to do it in a different way. Instead of prolonging the actual writing process I intend on doing by rolling out 30 posts throughout this month on the prompts given on the challenge… I’ll cover those prompts here, summarize a bit so it’s not an entire novel and get both of us reacquainted with each other in half the time! I hear cheers in the imaginary crowd in my head so I’ll just go ahead and start.
Brunch is the genius combination of breakfast and lunch – not such a wild guess right? Yeah well, I take excitement in word puns. I also take excitement in all things breakfast related, I really love breakfast food so next to breakfast, brunch is my second favourite type of eating experience.
Foodie post alert!
Since arriving in London about a month ago, I have taken it upon myself to explore every inch of this wonderful city while I still have the time to. First stop – Ridley Road Shopping Village located in the Hackney, East London.
I recently took a trip to next door Rwanda to be there for my friend’s birthday and also to get out of the hustle and bustle of Nairobi for a few days. Time out is my new middle name these days it seems, lol. I’m always looking for a getaway here and there and it’s actually not such a bad obsession as it really helped me clear my head and get me ready for the next chapter of my life i.e. returning to school for a Masters.
Enough digressing though. My wanderlust addiction took me to one of the most peaceful and most serene countries in East Africa; Rwanda. I was in the capital- Kigali where my good friend @DreamSmurf from college hosted me at her family’s home. When they said Kigali is the land of a thousand hills, they never lied. Hills on hills on hills! A photographer’s dream with all the scenic backdrops against the magic that is the East African sun as you can see in the very first picture I took below. We were driving into town and I managed to catch that shot really quickly using my phone. Yay to the awesomeness of the iPhone 6 camera. I was here for about 5 days and in such a short time I learnt quite a lot about this small but resilient city.
Making: Christmas card lists. Yes people, I’m that person who still sends out Christmas cards and I love it! #TeamTraditional:)
Cooking: Haven’t cooked much since taking up the Thanksgiving dinner challenge.. After a spread like that, I’m all cooked out for a while!
Drinking: Water, not enough of it though, need to up my intake
Reading: Zane’s ‘Addicted’. It’s quite something…
Wanting: An iPhone 6. Also the new Zen Garden Cookbook… Just saying, incase anyone wants to know what I want for Christmas.
Looking: At my travel bucketlist and really trying to figure out how I shall make all that happen!
Playing: With my hair – bad habit
Wasting: A lot of time in traffic. I can’t even begin my traffic rants here, they will never stop. Driving in Nairobi can be pure hell sometimes.
Sewing Creating: That sewing word needed to go because I don’t think there will ever be a time that I will be sewing… so created a new word:)
Wishing: We could close for the holidays already! Last week at work and it’s dragging so much
Enjoying: My #NoMondayBlues playlist, my iTunes was pretty well-behaved today, haven’t skipped a song once all day!
Waiting: For 6pm.. Hometime!
Liking: The fact that I am actually happy to see the year end, usually Im never ready! 2015 I’m ready for you.
Wondering: What adventures await me next year, God be gentle please, this year has been more than a roller-coaster ride.
Loving: Once Upon A Time this season, the producers have really up’d their game this time. Also finally started loving How To Get Away With Murder. Shonda you lost me in the beginning but you slowly reeled me back in, kudos:)
Hoping: For a more fulfilling year next year. I have done a lot more than I thought I would this year, so far so good. Also… more and more travel, I can’t say that enough!
Marvelling: At my level of patience with some things and some people.
Needing: A cup of tea. 5pm is tea time.
Smelling: That wonderful smell of a brand new book while you turn every page… Weird, I know.
Wearing: Leggings, sweater top… cold/warm/rainy days in Nairobi call for a comfy dress code.
Following: @worldwanderlust for the wanderlusterer in me!
Noticing: The constant negativity in the news lately.. both at home and internationally, we need to do better people.
Knowing: That I am going to have one of the best December holidays yet this year, so ready for it!
Thinking: About dinner. Hunger pangs have struck, I need to go home
Feeling: Great! And on a Monday nonetheless, guess it’s that holiday spirit in the air:)
Bookmarking: Not much of late but you all need to check out the UP Magazine website! (shameless work plug)
Opening: The EatOut Kenya website to register for my Yummy card… #foodieproblems don’t judge me haha. You know you want one if you are a foodie like me but can’t really afford eating out all the time. Sign up here>>> http://eatout.co.ke/card (also shameless plug)
Giggling: At my 4yr old cousin’s efforts in trying to teach me how to make loom band bracelets, kids these days goodness… And I thought I was crafty
Feeling: Like we all need to be in the holiday spirit, I wish all of you a wonderful Christmas and an even better New year!
This post is late by a week. Pardon my tardiness.
So I recently took a mini vacation to Tanzania 2 weekends ago and think that was by far one of the most fun trips I have ever made myself take. Being a travel junkie like me you really need to make the traveling happen because no one else around you will. Believe me… I tried the whole getting friends to come with me thing… It just became too tedious and people wasted a lot of time getting back to me so just decided to plan it for myself and go at it solo. Best decision I have made yet!
Stayed in Dar Es Salaam at my dear fifi’s place. You all recall my college roomie Fiona yes? Basically the coolest Tanzanian I know, love you! and thank you and your family for making my trip worth the money and time I spent planning it. Anyway, enough talk, Dar es salaam is amazing, Zanzibar is even more amazing! Yes, I got to see Zanzibar as well, #travelbucketlist is getting shorter and shorter, love it!
I should do a post on my various bucket-lists soon yeah?… Next time!
|My foodie self couldn’t stop myself from capturing the work of art that is this salad. If you are ever in Dar es salaam please visit the Sea Cliff Hotel and ask for the sweet and spicy chicken mango salad. You will not be disappointed!|
|Girls night out… the dynamic duo reunited!|
|My ride to Zanzibar…|
|Selfies are mandatory on vacations|
|Stone Town in Zanzibar is quite the historic place|
|So my friends are cooler than yours… Thanks again @chriskanyoi for letting me be your copilot!|
|Coolest dog ever…. Caesar!|
I don’t know when I’ll be traveling next but hopefully sooner rather than later.