This is a really interesting read. Namibia is one of the most interesting countries I have ever visited and I would definitely return for this. I know it's not the usual Big 5 safari but seeing wild horses would be a childhood dream come true for me! Anyone else share my dream? 🤗
Amazing but also horrifying to see how much plastic ends up in our oceans. The time for plastic is up- we have so many alternatives there really is no reason for most of this waste.
One of the first things I do in a new city is get to the nearest #rooftop and check out the view from the top. In #DaresSalaam, the best views also have a bar so it's the perfect way to socialise and see the city.
Where's your favourite view of your city?
Today I'm about to do something that terrifies me- I'm bringing my guitar on the plane 🙈
What do you think? Is it worth the risk? Or am I sentencing my guitar to death by baggage handlers?!
In addition to sustainable travel, my other passion is sustainable fashion. From fair trade clothing to swap shops and vintage markets, there are now many options to be sustainable and stylish. I will definitely be joining The Mindful Mermaid Blog's 5 Step Challenge. Who else is in?
And this is why, for as long as I live in Tanzania, no matter how hard I try, I'll always be the worst dancer in the club 😂 Seriously though, these people know how to DANCE!
Wanna know how we dealt with hail, cancellations and gunfire (wait, what?! Ok I missed that part!) to have the best end to 2017 at AFROPUNK #Johannesburg? Jennifer Schlueter has covered it all in this kickass piece (although she included all my jokes so maybe I'm biased!)
Hello from #Johannesburg!
I'm here for the week to ring in the new year at AFROPUNK festival. In the run up I've been exploring the sights, sounds and creativity that the city has to offer.
Follow my Insta stories to see what I got up to today, including a beer making workshop in Soweto 🍻 Instagram.com/yournextbigtrip
This year was my first Christmas away from home.
To be honest I was afraid it wouldnt fully feel like Christmas. It was definitely different, eating Christmas dinner outside and travelling the day after when I would usually spend the day watching Christmas movies in my pyjamas 🙃
I felt very grateful to the Irish family who made me part of their Christmas, even going so far as to make sure I had presents to unwrap on Christmas morning! Getting back to Dar yesterday and catchin...g up with my Dar familia made me realise I can be at home anywhere in the world, as long as I have good friends to share it with!
I hope your Christmas- traditional or otherwise- was full of love, happiness and good people.
Here's your friendly reminder to not take life too seriously. With end of year deadlines approaching and last minute travel plans being made, I am definitely guilty of this. Sometimes all that's needed is to get outside and be in nature (dancing alone optional!)
Skip the selfies, take yourself out of the photo and respect the dignity of the person you're photographing. Sounds simple, right?
Decorations remain in Dar es Salaam from last week's Maulid Day celebrations. One thing I love about Tanzania is the way that religions coexist peacefully. We take days off for Muslim and Christian festivals (which is a major plus!) and in general, people are respectful of each other's beliefs.
What people seem to find harder to understand is that some people don't believe in God or don't belong to a particular religion. Whether you are Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu- peop...le don't care, as long as you believe in something. For a culture where family, social and religious life blend into one another, saying the words "I don't have a religion" is often met with shock, pity or just general awkwardness.
When I tell people about the religious control we experienced in Ireland in the past, they begin to understand, for freedom of religion is an integral part to life in Tanzania. I spent Easter weekend in a small village where I only saw Muslims around. When I asked about the Christian population I was told they were at Church while their Muslim neighbours prepared the feast for later. At Eid, the Christians cook while the Muslims pray. If that isn't the perfect example of tolerance and togetherness, I don't know what is!
Imagine the excitement of watching a lioness stalk her prey this close to your car! At one point she used our car for cover as she crept up on a herd of zebras. A priceless moment in Mikumi National Park, only a few hours drive from Dar es Salaam.