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Attractions of Portsmouth

Ola Muchachos,

I am the ultimate slacker? Don’t worry I know. I honestly don’t even have a viable reason as to why my posting habits are this bad. Truthfully, when I get really busy with work, I tend to push some things away and the blog ends up being one of them. All I can say is “pray for me”. Hehe. In the meantime, lets get a taste of something I’m sure you guys missed. My posts.

So in November (just after graduating), I went to Portsmouth. I had kept saying I would visit the city but my schedule just wasn’t allowing it. Despite the fact that I had two friends who lived there who kept inviting me. 🙁

Im really happy I finally found the time considering its one of those must see cities in the UK.

EMIRATES SPINNAKER TOWER

Portsmouth is mainly known for the Spinnaker Tower which gives you the best view of Portsmouth. Its literally termed as Britains best viewing tower. Its about 170m (560ft) high. The  best thing about it is its only 10.50 for students or 11.50 for adults for a full days worth of visit. Basically you can walk in or out of the building as many time as you would like. So what we did was ensure we take advantage of the day and night views.

The Spinnmaker has a glass floor that basically tests your fear for heights. Luckily for me, my genuine fear of heights didn’t stop me from walking on the glass floor

Day Vs Night Views

PORTSMOUTH SEA

“ANY OTHER BUSINESS”

 

 

I have a lot of content that I haven’t posted from cute tourist spots I visited in the UK; so bear with my irregular posting habits and stay tuned. Hehe.

For now,

PEACE, LOVE AND NJOONAMI

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Done And Dusted!

Ola Muchachos,

Guess who’s a graduate?

As some of you may know i was studying my masters in the UK for the past year…well I’m now completed my course and I’m officially a certified events manager or planner (however you want to look at it). Whoop.

My graduation took place at the Bournemouth International Centre on November 5th, 2018 and i just thought I would share with y’all some of my graduation day moments. 🙂

Btw some of these picture were taken by the university photographer and shall be used on the university website. In fact one has already been put on  a university advertisement. Whoop.

Love this picture.
My all time favorite. 🙂

 

 

OUTFIT DETAILS:

TWO PIECE OUTFIT – Grassfields UK

Jewelry – Maasai Market

Shoes – Gift

Graduation gown – Bournemouth University

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The Kenyan Meet-up in Leeds

Ola Muchachos,

So about two weeks ago, I took a trip with my girls to Leeds (from Bournemouth). I’ve been wanting to visit the cities up north of England and what perfect time to do so while reuniting with my Kenyan peeps.

This trip was simply a Kenyan get together while at the same time my chance to show my Bulgarian girl how crazy and fun Kenyans are. Haha. It was truly a weekend and a half. From dining in a Kenyan restaurant, partying like Kenyans to touring like Kenyans ; I literally felt like I was back home. Maybe I am missing home; but that weekend was a void filled.

Now for my Bulgarian friend, Simona, this was basically a trip to Kenya. We even taught her Kiswahili words like Lamba Lolo which she thinks means Wassup. *only Kenyans will understand this hehehe*

Unfortunately, I didn’t have much time to take proper pictures for the blog but I will just show you highlights from the trip.

The Leeds Squad.
The actual Kenyan squad. We took this just before going on a night out. 🙂

 

Leeds Town Centre

Leeds University

This is where we were staying.

 

Look out for my next blog post. Coming soon.

I took a short tour to a city near London.

PEACE, LOVE AND NJOONAMI.

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It’s Too “Brighton”

Ola Muchachos,

Two saturdays ago (the 10th of March to be specific), I along with my two good friends; Cindy and Simona, took a two and a half hour road trip to Brighton – a city located on the southside of England. Basically a seaside resort just like Bournemouth (where I live). Only difference is the fact that Brighton has a stony beach (known as a shingle beach) instead of what I’m used to (a sandy one). Lol

Side Note: Its really funny how everyone told me that Bournemouth would have the exact same type of beach (apparently thats the in thing in the UK {lol}), while I’m just here to say it again, YALL WERE WRONG. 

Just to put it out there, yes the whole beach area is covered in stones. I don’t understand why but thats just the case. The stones are pretty to look at but just imagine walking on them; really don’t think anyone walks around without shoes on Brighton beach.

Despite the shingle beach though, Brighton is a pretty sight. Its one big city with a bunch of historical attractions. Infact its such a sight that its visited by lots of tourists and UK locals regularly; also considering its close to London too so ease of access from the biggest city in the UK.

Although, unfortunately we didn’t manage to see all the tourist attractions because time was rather limited, however we made sure we saw the top sights which I’ve highlighted below:

Royal Pavillion

Also known as the Brighton Pavillion, this was the former royal residence. Imagine that. All the royal people used to live here some time back. Well basically, Prince George, Prince Regent and King George VI used it as their “party pad, palace and seaside resort”.

 

 

 

 

Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

This is actually part of the Pavillion, however its only free for local residents. Its about Ksh 800 for non-residents. I really didn’t feel like getting in (not cause of the cash haha); but it seemed like there was a lot to see inside. Anyone who’s been there or does visit the musuem, do let me know how it is… 🙂

Brighton Palace Pier 

I swear the Brighton Pier makes the Bournemouth pier look like a hut (haha). Lets just say its rather long (about 1750 feet long woah), and I gotta say they really do take advantage of the space on the pier as there is so much to do and see. And the good thing, theres no cost to go onto the pier so you can literally choose from what to do as you see it. So even for those who want to sight see, go ahead. 🙂

Since I don’t want to spoil for y’all, I’d just say its worth the visit. However I will say that there is rollercoasters. Okay I’m done spilling.

My girls and I. Behind us is actually the very long pier. 🙂

Brighton Beach

As much as this is self explanatory unless some of y’all would like to explain which i could but I won’t because we all know what a beach is (i hope hehehe); I think you would like to know that Brighton was voted the top 10 city beach break destinations in the world.

Yes, even with its lack of sand. Anything is possible ey? Anyway, jokes aside, the beach is beautiful and huge for that matter. In fact let me educate a little more,  Brighton has an 8.7km expanse of shingle beach.

The Lanes

This is simply a “collection of narrow lanes” or “twisted alleyways”, however you wanna call it, that is famous in Brighton for their small antique shops and restaurants. It is basically Brighton shopping paradise.

For those wondering why or how the lanes are a historic attraction; well this area that makes up the lanes was part of the original settlement of Brighthelmstone, built in the 18th century.

The lanes are really narrow.

We spotted this in one of the shops that were selling chocolate. This sculpture is actually edible. Yum.

Anything Else?

As we were walking around, we also spotted a few other sights which i thought i should show y’all…

Found this church rather historical looking…

Although it was just a days tour, Brighton is a lovely city. Id definitely go back to visit and this time id visit the other tourist attractions.

Hmm, well be traveling to another part of the UK on 21st of April so be sure to stay tuned.

SO…..

PEACE, LOVE AND NJOONAMI. 🙂

 

 

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First Time For Everything…

Ola Muchachos,

Talk about first time experiences?

So not only did it snow in Bournemouth after several years, but it did in plenty. When I say plenty, I mean heaps and heaps of snow – levels of snow that have never been experienced in Bournemouth before. It was shocking, but beautiful at the same time. However, while Bournemouth locals were enjoying the sufficient amount of snow, I was enjoying experiencing snow for my first time.

P.S I can’t really count my experience of snow in the United States, particularly Ohio and Kentucky in 2014 as it was so little. It didn’t even cover the ground; so lets just take this as my first experience. 

Waking up to look outside my window to simply a view of everything covered in white was (for dramatic and intense effect) a long awaited dream. I literally stood at my window staring and taking snaps & pictures, texting everyone in my phone book (okay this is an exaggeration but i did text my family and close friends, haha) but i had to do all i can to show my excitement; of course in a civilized manner. Lol (Didn’t wanna look like I had been living in my cave my whole life eventhough these aint things we see back home).

Considering the fact that the view from my room is of the ocean, thoughts of whether the ocean and the beach were covered by snow and by how much too crossed my mind so many times. Don’t judge me; these thoughts were coming from someone who has never woken up to snow before so its allowed.

So despite how freezing it was outside; to say the truth, i actually didn’t care at that point, I took my amazement outside. I felt like I properly had to experience the snow which i definitely did. It all started with running around in the snow, picking up the snow and throwing it in the air, making snow balls.

Its like i felt like i was the “King of the Snow’

And of course it didn’t end there, I can finally say I managed to do the things I’ve always to do and that I used to jealously watch in films. Guys guys (insert drum roll)…. I made snow angels. I swear I could have stayed there forever moving my hands back and forth, and of course taking videos and pictures…but sadly everything has an ending. Hehe.  I now legit see why kids love making snow angels. Its so much fun.

Although the one thing i didn’t really do was make snowmen. *sob* so i can’t really say my first snow experience was fulfilled, but at least i got to take pictures of my housemates who made them #goodenough

This snowman was failing but who am i to judge? Hehehe.
A lot of effort was put into this snowman. Don’t know who did it considering i saw it outside my accommodation when the snow was just about to melt away. Haha. Just wish I contributed.

On the realz though, seeing snow is a beautiful sight. White is a beautiful color so just imagine when its covered all over grass, trees, buildings, etc…

Considering the fact that the view from my room is of the ocean, thoughts of whether the ocean and the beach were covered by snow and by how much too crossed my mind so many times. Don’t judge me; these thoughts were coming from someone who has never woken up to snow before so its allowed.

When I look back, at least I can say I was in Bournemouth when it not only snowed (after all the years) but also when it snowed that much for the first time here. On top of the big fact that I can now say that i have properly experienced snow. 🙂 One life necessity ticked out my list. #hooray

Rather happy I finally got to add to snow to my list of life experiences. Haha.

For more lifestyle posts, be sure to check them out here…

but for now…

PEACE, LOVE AND NJOONAMI.

SIDE NOTE: THANK YOU LUCAS FOR THESE UNPLANNED BUT NEEDED PICTURES 🙂

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Missions to Poole…for Guy Fawkes Night

Ola Muchachos,

Ever heard of the term ‘Bonfire Night’…well I’m sure you have. But ever heard of it in context with Guy Fawkes.? Well not everyone because before moving to England, I also didn’t know who or what that was.

So let me educate you a little, Guy Fawkes was basically a dumbass who formed part of a team who TRIED to blow up the House of Parliament back in the 1600s using explosives; therefore Guy Fawkes Night is simply a commemoration of that night; but with fireworks.

Its a night celebrated all over England and its something I wanted to be part of. So what did I do? Well a couple of my friends and I traveled from Bournemouth (where I live) to Poole to watch the fireworks celebration happening at the Quay. It was only like a 30 mins trip by bus (not to far away) but it was such a pretty sight because we literally got front row view of the beautiful fireworks show from the quayside.

How cool are these shaped fireworks below #creativity

For all full video showing the fireworks beauty, here you go. This was basically the culmination and the finale of the bonfire night 🙂

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My next bonfire night should be experienced in another part of England. Let me start thinking where. Haha.

But for now,

PEACE, LOVE AND NJOONAMI.

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Twice the Halloween!

Ola Muchachos,

So my halloween, and by halloween, I mean the actual day of halloween, 31st of October; was an experience and a half.

I don’t think, infact I have never actually done anything big on the actual halloween day in my life. Come to think of it, the most I’ve ever done for Halloween back in Kenya was try dress up for the occasion. e.g. in 2015, i was a sexy devil for my office halloween party and a naughty school girl with my best friend for a halloween event at Vineyard. I guess this was because, halloween isn’t taken too seriously in African states.

Well, seeing that I’m now in the U.K., I’m sure you know how western countries consider Halloween important so people hella dress up, go all out with make up and attend any halloween events. And thats exactly what I did.

Read about my long but crazy and hella fun Halloween night highlighting the two events (yes two) I attended in the SAME venue at the O2 Academy.

Just bit of background information..02 Academy is the biggest music and live performance venues in Bournemouth. Not only that but there are O2 Academy’s all over the U.K (all  relatively huge) and most popular venue for music gigs.

Clean Bandit Live Concert

Starting of the night, I attended a Clean Bandit concert from 7pm. For those still wondering who Clean Bandit are, well thats a slight shame (haha) but anyway they are a three-‘man’ group who are well known for their biggest hits “Rather Be” and “Symphony” (hope it rings a bell now).

I actually enjoy a lot of their music so I definitely knew this was a concert I would need to attend. Additionally, also because I knew seeing them perform again in Bournemouth would take a while and the fact that i knew them coming to Kenya is like a once in a million chance (haha), I really had to take the opportunity; and of course also considering the ticket was (infact all tickets were) only 25 pounds. Thats hella cheap for a concert.

If i could describe the concert in about one sentence, id say; that was a legit performance. There may have not been any dance moves, or extraordinary acts in the performance, but the voices (the two girls who sang all Clean Bandits songs considering the artists they have collaborated with couldn’t perform with them of course) to the use of electronic music (what Clean Bandit is known for) to the showcase of violin instrumentals, that was surely very different concert to what I’m used to going for. 🙂

I think the only thing i didn’t like about the concert was the fact that i wasn’t allowed to go in with my camera (which i found rather odd) hence the use of some pictures from the concert from one of the official event photographers.

One of the friends I went for the concert with – Angelina
The other two girls – Taylor and Simona that I was with at the concert.

So funny thing, I actually almost went in my halloween outfit for the concert but Thank God i didn’t coz I would have been the only one. Who wants to be the odd one out? So instead I decided to just do bit of my halloween make up but go with a normal outfit.

If you look carefully, you will notice i had started off doing my halloween makeup. Haha.

Halloween Party

MY LOOK

So my initial idea was to get an outfit that matches my hair considering i have pink braids (well ombre but pink is the main color); however i ended up with a cute witch outfit; which by the end of the night I realized i looked more like pocahontas with pink hair than a cute pink witch. But who cares? Hehe.

With my girl – Amelie. 🙂

HALLOWEEN OUTFITS

Below are some of the looks my friends and ‘flatmates’ pulled off. 🙂

This was definitely my best look of the night. His improvisation of Osama Bin Laden was done so well. BTW he even had a gun. #dope

HALLOWEEN RAEV

Talk about being packed, the O2 Academy was full of people. Im sure you can already guess how lit it was even without me saying it.

Look how packed it was. :0

The halloween party at the O2 Academy was one of the fittest halloween parties I’ve ever been too. From the music to the venue to the outfits that people wore, it was definately worth staying out for.

I must say i was exhausted by the end of the night and mind you, i had to wake up in the morning to take a bus to Southampton (another city) for work; so you can imahgine how fatigued and lazy i was (having slept three hours). So when I say it was worth all that, it surely was.

For more of my crazy adventures, stay tuned to my blog. 🙂

PEACE, LOVE AND NJOONAMI.

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New Life, New Experiences…

Ola Muchachos,

So most of y’all, if not everyone knows I’m from Kenya and thats where I live….

…..well not any more. I have currently moved to the United Kingdom. Bournemouth to be exact, from September 19th 2017.

Bournemouth is certainly not what I expected. It is hella beautiful town located near the ocean and we (yes we, I’m now a local hahaha) have an actual sandy beach – something thats rare to find in town/cities here. Its a relatively big town in the region Dorset; basically South West of England. The people are lovely and theres a lot to do from concerts, to festivals to parades every so often.

Its funny how in Kenya, seeing the ocean was only when we would take holidays to the coast but now I LIVE near the ocean. Literally 5mins away. WOW. Amazing right? These are things you don’t take for granted. 🙂 🙂

This is where i stay. 🙂 Front row…

Did I also mention that I not only live at the front row of accommodation next to the ocean but I have a beautiful view of the ocean every morning from my room. Dope or what??

Basically, I wake to the sunrise and view the sunset hours before going to bed just from my room. Pretty dope ey?? Gods beauty is amazing. 🙂

Im really happy to have chosen such a pretty town to live in. This I would say, is one the best decisions i have made in my life. Hahaha.

Bournemouth is a very popular town; in fact i had never heard of it before coming here and many people don’t seem to know the place (apart from maybe because of the AFC Bournemouth team- yes they have a team). So basically my coming here is like the best opportunity to reveal England’s beautiful ‘hidden’ treasures.

 

Therefore, this section of my blog dubbed College Tourist is basically where I am going to document all my U.K. experiences with regard to travel, events, food, and anything else I find fit for the period of time that I will be here. 🙂 🙂

I hope you enjoy my new adventures in a country. I really can’t wait to show y’all what i get up to. 🙂

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PEACE, LOVE AND NJOONAMI.

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