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Durex Play 2-in-1 Massage Gel

Durex Play 2-in-1 Massage Gel

Hmmm...today's post is going to be just a little raunchy because I would like to tell you about a great sexual find that I made recently. If you are uncomfortable with discussing sex or things related to it, then I suggest you read no further...

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Lemon Spa, Masaki, Dar es Salaam

Lemon Spa, Masaki, Dar es Salaam

In the third post of my “Be My Guide to Your East African City” series, I asked about your favorite local spa. I also mentioned that it dawned on me that I had never been to a spa before, having always received my beauty and body treatments in beauty salons ...

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“African Tea”

“African Tea”

I come from a people who are truly committed to their tea drinking. On my mother's side of the family, every time really is tea time (I am sure some of you, my readers, can relate to your mothers being like this too. :-) ) When I say tea, I ...

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Nairobi – Kampala by Bus, Part I

Nairobi - Kampala by Bus, Part I

Have you ever traveled by bus from Nairobi to Kampala? If so, what bus service did you use? Did you travel during the day or at night? What route did you choose?

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Bacardi–White, Black, Gold?

Bacardi–White, Black, Gold?

When I say ‘Bacardi Rum', what image comes to mind? If you are like me, until very recently, I pictured a bottle of clear liquid with the words Bacardi written across it. Is that what you visualized? Well, you wouldn't be very wrong if you also...

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Soho’s, Westlands, Nairobi

Soho's, Westlands, Nairobi

Nairobians, where do you go when you are in the mood for some serious dancing (and by that I do not mean structured dancing like salsa)? I mean shake-a-leg dancing when you truly want to bust a move and express yourself? For me, hands down, it boils down to one ...

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RU-21, The Hangover Supplement

RU-21, The Hangover Supplement

Now that we're two weeks into the month of January, I think it's safe to say that the holiday season has (finally) come to an end. How was your festive season? Was it a pleasant one? Did you have lots of fun, with many opportunities to merry-make? I hope so. ...

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Silver Springs Hotel, Nairobi

Silver Springs Hotel, Nairobi

Are you a Nairobian, i.e., someone who lives in Nairobi? If so, how often do you pass Silver Springs Hotel without giving it a second thought? Do you even know where Silver Springs Hotel is located? To make sure we are talking about the same place, the Silver Springs Hotel ...

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Olepolos Country Club

Olepolos Country Club

Before I made it out to Olepolos Country Club, I used to often find myself in conversations like the following: Speaker 1: Yesterday, I had a great day hanging out with friends at Olepolos. Biche: Olepolos? Where's that?...

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Touring Northern Tanzania (Mwanza, Mara, Butiama, Serengeti, Ngorongoro & Arusha)–Twitter Roundup

Touring Northern Tanzania (Mwanza, Mara, Butiama, Serengeti, Ngorongoro & Arusha)--Twitter Roundup

As those of you who follow me on Facebook and Twitter might know, I spent the end of last week visiting Northern Tanzania--Mwanza, Mara (including Butiama), the Serengeti National Park...

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Igongo Cultural Centre—Biharwe, Uganda

Igongo Cultural Centre
P.O. Box 512 Mbarara / P.O. Box 488 Kampala
Phone (Mbarara): +256-(0)392-722828 or +256-(0)392-722829
Phone (Kampala): +256-(0)414-258914
Restaurant Reservation: +256-(0)776-722828
www.igongo.co.ug

This photo of Igongo Cultural Centre is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Twelve kilometers from Mbarara along the Mbarara-Masaka Highay, in Biharwe, lies a cultural center that I have come to love! This cultural center includes a restaurant, Kaahwa Kanuzire, a craft- and bookstore, Nkwanzi, and the reason I love it so much, the Eriijukiro Museum of South Western Uganda.

I first heard of Igongo Cultural Centre in December 2011, when I arrived in Kiruhura for my annual end-of-year visit to my maternal family home (see my last post for more details). People were ablaze with talk about the new cultural center that would officially be opened at the end of the year by none other than his Excellency. Those who had been there before told me about its beautiful grounds, good food and the model traditional houses that could be found there. Curious about it, I decided I would check it out as soon as the holidays were over. Continue reading

Visiting Lake Mburo National Park, Southwestern Uganda

WaterbuckHi, everyone! I hope all is well with you in your respective corners of the world. 2013 turned out to be a blog break for me, but now that it’s over, I am back! I hope you didn’t miss me too much. ;-) Picking up right where we left off…

A little after publishing my last post, I found myself in Uganda for a late Christmas break. I think I have mentioned on this blog before that I am part Ugandan, so like many Ugandans, the end-of-year season for me usually includes a trip to the village to bond with family and just chillax. I hadn’t gotten to do that at Christmas for several reasons, so in January I thought: better late than never.

Home for me–at least my rural home–in Uganda is in Kiruhura district (woo hoo!). Although I was late to the party, I was Continue reading

Twende Tujivinjari* at KWS Marine Parks Day 5 : Back to Nairobi

Tree in Tsavo National Park

*Twende Tujivinjari is Swahili for “Let’s go and enjoy ourselves!”

It was the last day of our trip, and we were keenly aware of it. Instead of the gusto and excitement with which we’d woken up the past few days, on this last day, we were dragging our feet and barely talking to each other. We got up, had breakfast, and put our stuff together in preparation for the long journey ahead.

Personally, I was a bit excited because I knew we were scheduled to drive through Tsavo East National Park on our way to Nairobi. Granted, we’d just be driving through, but I remember the excellent time I had “just driving through” the Serengeti, a little over a year before. Continue reading

Twende Tujivinjari* at KWS Marine Parks Day 4: Malindi Marine Park & Reserve

Magical Island at Malindi National Park

*Twende Tujivinjari  is Swahili for “Let’s go and enjoy ourselves!”

I woke up in Malindi, after a few short hours of sleep, eager to see what goodies Malindi Marine Park held in store for me. As I wrote in my previous post, Malindi is my favorite town on the Kenyan coast, so I was eager not only to spend time at the beach but to also explore Malindi under water. Continue reading