Ethiopia. A week of culture, coffee and incredible landscapes.

Why Ethiopia? My roots are East African and so I feel an affinity with all East African countries. However, I know that this country is particularly special. From some of the earliest humans being found there, the strong culture and being one of the few countries not to be colonised by Europeans, the history and…

My Hajj experience.

What is Hajj? Hajj is a pilgrimage to Mecca that muslims are supposed to make once in their lives, if they are financially able to. It is one of the five pillars of Islam, and involves certain rituals and prayer in Mecca where the kabah. It is important to note that muslims don’t actually worship…

Senegal – West Africa’s best kept secret.

Anyone with a remote interest in Africa will have heard of Senegal,  with it’s opportunities to experience culture, history and art. Senegal can only be described as cultural explosion.  However, despite being 100% African and loving travel on the continent,  if I’m honest, until a few years ago, Senegal wasn’t as much on my radar…

Jamaica – Things I learnt

Jamaica solo was certainly an experience. Here is a quick fire peek into my experience there. Food I ate the most often: Mangoes and Papaya / Ackee and Saltfish. Questions I got asked the most: 1. Where are you from – Africa? 2. You have kids? ( Not sure why people wanted to know if…

Rio De Janeiro – Top sights

It’s been a few years since I’ve been to Rio but  I plan to return to Brazil to see Salvador in the north, however, I would definitely make a return trip to Rio. For me it definitely lives up to the hype. I arrived from Argentina and the colour, warmth and tropical atmosphere hit me…

Living with illness in the family.

I’ve been meaning to write about this subject for a long time but something has always stopped me. I wasn’t sure what to say. Would it just be a day to day sharing of feelings and struggles like a diary? Wouldn’t it be depressing to read?  Maybe it would be useful….but something was stopping me….

A Taste of Indonesia

    What do you know about Indonesia? That it’s the one of the most populous countries in the world? That it has experienced quite a few natural disasters such as tsunamis and earthquakes? That it has bad traffic? Some have confessed that they don’t know much about Indonesia, but they’ve heard of Bali, which…

Indian & Black Africans – observations and conversations.

“They are all lazy and violent people. They don’t want to work and just want money from the state”. These were words I overheard of a conversation between a white South African and White European describing black locals in South Africa. However, these are also the same words I’ve heard from a few Indian-Africans in…

When are we going to address anti-blackness in the Arab world?

(Featured image: Black Egyptians / Atlanta Blackstar). Racism and anti-blackness is a strange thing. Often it is thought of as white hate, discrimination and oppression toward those of darker skin, particularly black people. However, there are a whole host of layers and steps to this. The basic pattern in many areas of the world is…

The Beauty of Kenya

So what are the things we hear about Kenya? It’s in East Africa? That you can go on safari? Nairobi being dangerous? Probably all three. When I chose to go to Kenya, it was as a week’s add on to my trip to Ghana, as I was flying Kenya airways and would have to stop…