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Zante Bound – The Big 25

Ola Muchachos,

Zante for us was not just a trip. It was an experience. An experience filled with activities. We honestly had no free day just to chill by the pool or walk around the town; well apart from the day we actually got there. After having a relaxed stay in Netherlands, I wanted my birthday weekend to be exciting and packed with activities.


For my big day, I traveled to St Nicholas, Vasilikos, which was like an hours drive from our holiday home. I wanted something that wouldn’t take the whole day but would be as exciting and thrilling to help me usher in the new age.

Banana boat ride and sting ray were the agenda of the day.

Banana Boat
Sting Ray

If I was to choose my best between the two, I would definitely say the sting ray. The thrill from doing this was on another level. I can remember one of my friends struggling to hold on as the guy driving the jet ski was cruising in that ocean. If i wasn’t too jazzed about how much fun I was having and how my other friend (Mawira and I) kept insisting for the speed to be increased, I think I would been screaming for my life. Haha. But honestly so much fun. I would definitely do that over and over again.

St Nicholas had some amazing spots for pictures and seeing as it was my birthday, I had to get a few sexy birthday pics. Hehe.


Funny story, the only waterpark I’ve ever been to is the one that used to be a Village Market. Speaking of, why did they even remove it? 🙁 Anyway don’t laugh, I’ve just never had much the time to try out waterparks in the countries I’ve visited. So you can imagine the excitement i had when we finally booked a trip to the Zante water village. The child in me could not contain herself. I went on all the slides. Scary or easy, there was no missing out. Especially considering all the slides were inclusive of the amount we paid; which btw was such a bargain. If i remember it was about 20euros for a full day. What a price?

What a VIEW!
Sky view of the water village.

The white slide behind us was the scariest slide ever. But we did it!!


An 8-hour cruise around the beautiful and serene environs of Zakynthos was the agenda for our fourth day and what was the third day of my birthday weekend.

The one thing I loved about the cruise was we could bring our own food and drinks. So be sure the Kenyan in us took advantage and packed a sufficient amount of wine and snacks.

Our Cruise.

One of our cruise stops was at an area called Shipwreck. Below is the reason why it was called that. The place had the clearest blue whats I’ve ever seen in my life. We managed to stop here for about an hour for a swim and sightseeing.

This is the clearest water I’ve ever seen. Noah! too beautiful.

The whole cruise consisted of stopping a different spots to hear about its history or have  a swim.

Such a worthwhile cruise. The views were insane. One word: WOW!

You would think we spent a good amount on the cruise, well nah. even for those 8 hours, it was only about 22 euros.

Forgot to mention that on the actual day of my birthday we went for a foam night party. So much fun. Such an interesting way to end my day. 🙂 I have to say this was a birthday and a half. Very fortunate to spent it this way.

Zante is clearly the place to be for those who want a pocket friendly but amazing holiday. The food, the activities, the night outs…everything were hella reasonable. Especially if I’m comparing to Netherlands where our cash was just being drained.

Im really considering going back but anyway, lets first explore France, Spain and Portugal. Any other destinations?

So until then,


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Ushering in the “BIG 25” – Greece Style

Ola Muchachos,

As mentioned in the last post, my birthday week did not just end in Netherlands. We took the celebrations to Greece, in a little LIT town called Zante aka Zakynthos.

Ive always wanted to celebrate my birthday (I mean the actual day of my birthday) in another country and this was the perfect moment. Why? Well because it was one of those special birthdays. THE BIG 25!  I don’t think I would have had it any other way.

The Greece experience all started after a hectic and long overnight stay at London Stansted. Unfortunately our trip to Zante involved flying back into London from Amsterdam. Don’t ask. Flight issues. Now talk about feeling like a prisoner in an airport. The disrespect we received there. We had to sit on the floor because first they close the airport at midnight (surely who does that) and secondly there is just no seating space with no stores or shops open. Then to make things worse, we weren’t allowed to sleep (mind you we had to wait from like 10pm to 5am). The guards literally came to wake us up with threats of being kicked out of the airport. I honestly don’t think I will ever fly to that airport again. Regrets!

Anyway that experience didn’t spoil my birthday weekend in one of the most beautiful and serene locations I’ve ever been too. Greece is legit a country that everyone needs to visit. There are so many beautiful towns and cities. Im even thinking how I need to go to Athens, Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos. The list is endless.


Our house was literally one minute to the beach. I could hear the waves hitting against the wall at night. It was a cosy apartment  with a swimming pool and restaurant right beneath it.

Airbnb is clearly the plug. After the luxuriously aesthetic house we got in Netherlands, i had no doubt that the place we would stay in Greece would disappoint and it definitely didn’t.


Stay tuned for part two to see what activities we got up to in Zante.

For now,


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Ola muchachos,

What’s going to Netherlands without visiting Amsterdam?  Lets just say: NOT POSSIBLE.


The second day of our Netherlands trip entailed touring Amsterdam.     We literally spent the whole day doing the most exploring the city. I even got one of my Kenyan friends who lives in Netherlands to join us on our escapades and most importantly show us “the good stuff”.  No, guys not what you thinking, I just mean show us around.

Anyway Amsterdam is so beautiful though. The canals are purely the city’s best attraction. And i just love how the most common and useful means of transportation are bikes. It literally just feels like a large park. The only vibes I got from Amsterdam were chilled and relaxed.

The Dam Square


There was no way we would go to Amsterdam and not try the famous canal cruise. This was at the top of my Amsterdam to-do-list. I literally kept telling my friends “we have to do this, otherwise I can’t say I have been to Amsterdam” haha. My convincing skills worked of course.


My eurotrip crew – Mawira and Kami.

For just 11euros (if i remember right), for a 1 hour cruise, it was definitely worth it. You could see things you wouldn’t be able to on a bike or walking around (as that would take time). And to make things better, there was a tour guide (rather the driver) explaining the sights at each section around the city; from museums to historical buildings to even the 7-tunnel canal (coolest thing mayne).


I hadn’t heard of this before coming to Amsterdam and having one of my friends search for extra activities that we could get up too. I’m really glad that we decided to go ahead with it.

The Adam Lookout is essentially the rooftop of a building (below) which can only way to be accessed by using a pedestrian and bike only ferry. The main attraction apart from having the best view of Amsterdam city is the presence of a huge swing where people have the opportunity to swing (rather face their death LOL) above the river.

The Adam Lookout is part of the middle building.


“On top of the worldddddddddd” was the phrase whilst we spent two hours on the rooftop of the building. We had views all the way round of the city of Amsterdam. Don’t think it was my day considering my phone died and my power bank just wasn’t working. Tisk. But i managed to get a few shots in. 🙂


Scariest thing I’ve ever done; but most commending considering my great fear of heights. I could swear my eyes were closed the whole time (well (99% of the time), the 1% caught the beautiful views from that high up. So nice.


If its for making memories, Adam Lookout clearly know how to do so. We got soft copies (theres hard copies too for a fee though) of our Adam Lookout experience with three different backgrounds. i just decided to post my best two. What a smart photo idea though? Trust us to be extra though. Haha.


If you don’t already know, the red light district is prostitute central or in better/worse words (however you wanna look at it), the sin location of Amsterdam.

Im sure some of you are wondering well what so touristy about that. Well its the fact that they have women inside glassed buildings showcasing themselves to by passing men. So basically if interested you just select your type and head on in.  On top of that, its main feature is that it is a location only dedicated to all things sexual from strip clubs to sex museums (this was the weirdest of them all: never heard of a sex museum before coming there).

It may not be your cup of tea but its definitely what makes up Amsterdam.

We all know Amsterdam is weed central; so it wasn’t surprising to see people smoke weed or smell weed in the streets but what was unique was the presence of weed stores and weed spots.

Infact I found that any coffee shops are actually weed spots where people go to chill and smoke weed. So point of advice, never go asking for coffee shops if you really want actual coffee. Hahaha.

Weed store.
Weed spot/chill-out zone.
Weed snacks. I saw this in the middle of the street and I just had to take a picture with it and pretend I had a blunt. Surely things you would only find in Amsterdam.

It may seem like that  was it for my birthday trip…well you are very much mistaken.

My friends and I traveled to Greece right after.

Read more about it in my next post. But for now;




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Quarter of a Century Living – Netherlands Edition!

Ola Muchachos,

Talk about the ultimate birthday travel experience in one week. Lets just say its left me broke.This year I was all about going ALL OUT AND EXTRA for my birthday. And not just any birthday, but my 25th. Yes guys, I’m a whole QUARTER OF A CENTURY. I know I just look 20 but you know its all in the genes. :p

I honestly can’t remember the last time I went all out to spoil myself but this felt like the right opportunity.

It all started with a 3 day trip to Netherlands. Considering Netherlands is the “how can you never have been to Amsterdam” tourist must-have, it was about time I ticked it off my travel list.

Now its funny, how everyone just thinks of Amsterdam when Netherlands is mentioned but there is so much more to the country that people need to discover. And thats exactly what we did.


Zandvoort, a beautiful coastal town – that I had never heard of before coming to Netherlands – was so worth the visit. The town is about 30minutes from Amsterdam and about an hour from Schipol Airport.

Now the Netherlands highlight was our house. It was one the most beautiful houses I have ever stayed stayed. Such luxury living. A three bedroomed, 3 floor house (we didn’t have access to the third floor sadly though so not sure what was up there). The minimalist ambiance, to the minimalist decor to generally the whole house arrangement and style.

Honestly there was not one aspect of the house that I didn’t adore. Although if I was asked to state what I LOVED the most; I would definitely have my answer: the bathrooms.

Now ever seen a bathtub/jacuzzi in the main bedroom and not in the actual bathroom? Well this was my experience. Such a beauty.

My room with the bathtub/jacuzzi right next to my bed. #inlove
No I am not shady! Hehe. but how cute is that tub??? Focus on the tub and not my stupidity. 😀

It didn’t end there, my friends room had open style shower; basically there was no distinction between the bathroom and bedroom. In both rooms, there were even no bathroom doors.

OUR REACTION (which I’m sure you are thinking too): WOW! Although I don’t think these pictures do the house enough justice but just know it was even more WOW than what you can see. LOL.

This was part of the third bedroom.

And oh yeah, we were welcomed with a bottle of wine. Talk about such amazing hospitality. I would definitely stay there again. Intact I’m already trying to plan a trip back to Netherlands soon with a bigger group. 🙂


Just a 4 minute walk away was the zandvoort beach. Such crisp sand and vast fresh air explains its environs. And luckily for us, a quiet and    low populated beach.

Just look at the texture and richess of that sand. 🙂

The Netherlands edition doesn’t end there, check out our Amsterdam tour in my next post.

But for now,

Peace, Love and Njoonami.

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Ola Muchachos,

Talk about breaking my Europe travel virginity in style. As per my previous post, all you know is that I was just in ITALY but let me entice you a little bit more by letting you know that I was also in three other countries:

Switzerland, France, and Luxembourg. 

This first experience traveling to Europe was no joke. God does not play when he blesses his children. 🙂

FRANCE (via the Ferry)

So it all started off with a ride on the biggest ferry I have ever seen in my life. This was simply to get from the United Kingdom to France via the port of Dover (UK) and the port of Calais (France).

I couldn’t even compare the ferry to the only other ferry i have been on several times – the Mombasa-Diani ferry.  Let me help you visualize this. The British-French ferry is a like a castle and the Kenyan one is like the a hut (yes those huts that people in the village live in; okay thats a crazy comparison; but its just for you to GET the point).

The ferry is a 90minute ride from Dover to Calais; but honestly with the vast amount of things to do on the ferry, you feel like you are only on there for 15mins. From a bar, to a food court to an arcade, a duty free shop and a chill zone area; the ferry felt like a whole mall.

This is the food court.

Whilst on the ferry, I got to see the most beautiful view ever, the sunrise. Imagine seeing the sunset from the middle of nowhere in the middle of the ocean. ONE WORD- BREATHTAKING. Even a picture can’t really show you what i mean but here is an idea…



The next stop was Luxembourg. I don’t want to sound blonde, but do you know I was legit convinced that Luxembourg was in France. Hahaha. I stand ridiculously embarrassed.

Unfortunately, I didn’t see much in Luxembourg; so excuse the picture you see up there. But at least I can say that I was there and I stopped for dinner. Haha.


Now I’ve heard a lot about Switzerland and how beautiful it is especially with the Alphs, but seeing it for myself was breathtaking. I wish I had time to take better and up close pictures but anyway lets just those amazing views are reserved for my memories.


For my Italy experience, check out my previous post. I would rewrite it here because thats just how much fun I had and I don’t mind sharing the experience over and over again but let me save all that juice for that post.

I now need to do a proper tour of european countries and actually spend the night in each of the places. Maybe that will be my birthday plan. We shall see. 🙂

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EUROPE virginity… #gone

Ola Muchachos,

Lets take it back to the long easter holiday. Okay I don’t think it was long for everyone but when you are a student on a spring break, your easter holiday is three weeks.

This easter holiday was like no other though. Why? Well I finally traveled to one of my go-to travel destinations: ITALY.

I swear the level of anticipation I had was immense. Y’all should have seen me before I went. I do think i was just more excited that it was actually my first time in Europe. 24 years of my life and now is when Im traveling to Europe. Surely? I blame my parents.

P.S. I don’t really count the United Kingdom as part of Europe. And no,  not because of Brexit. Haha. Just because we all know UK is not really in Europe.


I was actually in Italy for work; but not just any type of work. Lets just say my role was to party. BEST JOB EVER!!!!

But on a serious note, I was working under a company called ILOVETOUR – the biggest sporting event company in the UK.

Just a little bit of background information about them; well they organize the littest spring break tours for sports team from a wide range of universities such as Coventry, Hertfordshire and even my university, Bournemouth University. Seriously, ask around, I havn’t heard of a more LIT sporting events tour.

As part of the events team, my role involved ensuring the students had the time of the life through the events we planned for them. This also meant directly partying with them. One of the nights, we planned a foam party. I swear even I got down and dirty (or in this case wet and foamy). Honestly, I have never had such a fun role. Infact out of all the staff who were there, my role was the best. Like how can event organising  and plain out partying not be the best thing to do? I even had a cool name to my role = Social Squad. Is it just me who thinks that sounds cool? *dont bust my bubble* 🙂 

This was from one the nights – FOAM PARTY. So much fun.
This was from the beach party. On the last day.

I think the only bad thing was that I had to wear my “social squad” shirt throughout the trip. Haha. Not really the most fashionable outfit. 

See how it says social squad on the back of my shirt. 🙂

But oh did i mention that everything from transport, to food, to accommodation plus free drinks in the club were sorted by the company. Ah what a perfect trip anyone could get? Especially considering it was for “work” #wow


Unfortunately, because of the fact that I was “working’, I didn’t have much time to properly tour Rimini. But i tried to take a few pictures.

Oh did I forget to mention, that i was in the coast side of Italy. What a beautiful place? Quiet, relaxed…just a serene spot. Its actually known  as the “favored Italian seaside holiday destination for Italians themselves.”

Located on the Adriatic coast. Its actually known Apparently Rimini is known for its nightclubs and shallow waters. There is one huge ass club called the UltraMondo (the club where we throw the foam party). I don’t think I have ever been in a club that big.

This is ultra mondo – the superclub where we had the foam party.

Its ironic to have my first trip to Italy to Rimini but I think thats what made my trip even more unique. The amount of people i told i was going to Rimini and they were all like “huh”. I guess its because we are used to hearing the likes of Venice, Milan and Florence and of course the most famous one Rome. If you are looking for a different, out of the norm spot, then Rimini is def a place to try.

There is no way to come to Italy and not have gelato.


 As much as starting my Europe travel with Italy was the best thing ever, the hustles, stress i had to encounter before going was a nightmare. I actually don’t think I have been that stressed in my life.

It all started out with being very late to apply for my visa (I literally waited till the last minute) but it wasn’t entirely my fault as I was waiting on a certain document. Now these last minute shenanigans meant that I had to do everything I thought I could do to hasten the visa process. Long story short, I was coned. I spent 100 quid paying a certain agency (should i mention names? well i will “Immigration and Migration”) on the false hope that they would get me a quicker appointment. Little did I know that

Think it ends there, well when I finally got to go for my appointment, I didn’t have all the sufficient documents plus just enough cash in my account to prove I wasn’t gonna get stranded in Italy.  Well I had spent over 400 pounds just the week before and I was getting more cash that coming Friday. (Mind you my interview was on Tuesday). You should have heard me telling them how money was being put in my account and their response was like “We want to see it now?” I actually felt like those visa people were out to get me. But honestly, I don’t know how I forgot to ensure my account had over 500 pounds before going for my appointment. However, because it was going for work, I figured they wouldn’t be as concerned with my funds as everything was catered for me.

Funny story, i was at the visa from 9am until 1pm for an appointment that should have only lasted 15minutes.

Im not sure if all these problems were rooted from the fact that I’ve never had to sort out my own visa. Either because i would always travel with my family so my parents use to sort it out or we would use our travel agent back in Kenya.

Lets just say with all this visa problems, my initial dates were moved from 23rd March to 8th April. And my stay in Italy was shortened from 3 weeks to 1 week.

Lesson learnt – I clearly suck with visa applications and i need more practice. Hahahaha. Point is though, I still need up in ITALY so God clearly was on my side.

Despite the issues though, Italy was hella lit. So glad I managed to go.

Anyway to more travel experiences, keep tuned.

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I mean, who doesnt love Dubai?

Ola Muchachos,

Seeing as there is so much to see and do in Dubai, you can imagine the amount of pictures I took. My phone gallery is filled with pictures primarily just from Dubai; I believe I have over 500 pictures. Therefore, this post is merely a culmination of my best ‘tourist’ pictures that I wanted to share with yall.

P.S: I was staying in Deira, so most of my pictures were taken there apart from the time we went to Bur Dubai (as shown below). 🙂 




With my cousin Mutuma who works in Dubai.


Boat selfies with my mum, cousin and his friend.















This “dress of gold” behind me is Ksh 3 million. I know CRAZY!!!!
This guy was a doorman to one of the jewellry shops at the Gold Souk.















Thats it on my Dubai Trip. I do hope you enjoyed my four featured posts. I hope it made you feel as if you were in Dubai with me. Hehe.

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Ola Muchachos,

The thing with Dubai is you are really spoilt for choice with regard to accomocation because there are so many (literally) hotels. Choosing a hotel is always the most tedious decison however my mum who is like a Dubai expert (haha) decided to chose a hotel within Deira due to its proxmity to countless shops; cause ofcourse our end goal was shopping.

We stayed at Landmark Hotel, a subsidiary of Landmark Hotels and Suites; which are part of the Dubai-based Landmark Zenath Group, a 20 year old company with interests in hospitality, restaurants, real estate, construction, trading and media throughout the Middle East and beyond. They have hotels in Dubai, Fujairah and Jeddah and are known for quality accomodation for a value for money.

Below you will find my best pictures from the hotel.






















One more post coming up on my Dubai experience. Hehe. Hope you did enjoy this post though.


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DUBAI: 3rd Time’s A Charm

Ola Muchachos,

Just like I mentionned in the about section, when I said my mum is like a travel ambassdor. Well when it comes to Dubai especially, i swear she is definately is. My mum not only has been to Dubai more than six times, but she constantly ‘preaches’ to everyone that if theres one travel destinaton they need to go to, its Dubai.

If it wasnt for my mum, I dont think I’d have ever been to Dubai. This was actually my third time there. My first time was in 2006 when no-one even cared about Dubai with my whole family, then in 2014 with just my sister and my mum; and this time. This was basically a mother-daughter bonding trip. I know, cute. 🙂


We left Kenya on the 12th of October to arrive in Dubai at around 4am, via Emirates. This airline just never disappoints though. From the flight promptness, to the service, to the food (they even had a menu, what!) to the fact that it is the only direct flight to Dubai; Emirates is clearly the better option for any U.A.E travel.

Ofcourse seeing that we arrived there in the morning, it meant we had a full day to utilise. We literally took a four hour nap to kill off the flight fatigue and besides we had gotten to the hotel abit to early (by 6am), but by 12pm, we were ready to engage in the days activities.




When I say 3rd times a charm, its mainly because I got to experience a ‘dream come true’.  So my mum and I went to the Dubai Dolphinarium. Bascially this is like a big aquarium but for dolphins as the name suggests. Its simply a live show of dolphins performing different tricks.

If anyone knows me well, they would know that my favourtie animal is a dolphin. This was literally like a dream came true. I have always wanted to see dolphins in real life but just had never gotten the opportunity too.

Its funny how the two times before I had been to Dubai, I hadnt heard of the Dolphinarium. When i was there in 2014, what was heavily adversitied was the Dessert Safari and Dhow Cruise which we did. I guess its because theres always something new to do in Dubai. Or actually theres just so much to do there that you hear of different activities on every visit.




So the dolphinarium is located at the Dubai Creek Park and there is an AED5 (thats about Ksh135) entrance charge to enter the creek park. The creek park is rather big, with a bunch of activities but its main attraction is the dolphinarium ofcourse and also the bird live show.

How random is it that we met a fellow kenyan who happens to work at the creek? Her name is Emily and she is in charge of tours around the whole creek park in her ‘automobile (what im sitting on).



Before the actual dolphin show, there is a magician that performs. This guy has crazy skills though. I cant really explain what he was doing; all I know was that it looked really creative. And right after, is a performance by a seal, yes a cute black seal; in which the seal shows off its dancing and playing with a ball skills. The seals are actually the opening acts for the dolphins. Very talented seal I must say. Lol. And then theres the dolphins – the highlight of the show (as shown below).



This was literally like the culmination of the amazing night; touching, playing a little abit and ofcourse taking a picture with the dolphins. Unfortunately, it wasnt free to do this. We had to pay AED 80 (thats Ksh 2160) but I dont think I even cared about that because all I wanted was to get up close and personal with the dolphins and ofcourse have the hard copy evidence to remember the day.





After all that amazement and screaming, ofcourse my stomach was calling for food. At the entrance of the creek park, my mum and I had spotted a ‘wooden kiosk-looking restaurant’ by the name Chimney Liscious (below) whose aroma could be smelt from a distance. Their chicken nuggets and fries were just too good.


The recount of my best moments of my trip arent done, so look out for the next posts to see more about my time in Dubai. But in the mean time, you can like, share and subscribe to this post.


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