Y'all Ghana wasn't ready #YearofReturn2019🤔

I have to admit that Ghana’s Year of Return campaign is genius😏. The government created all this hype in September 2018 on the eve of the 400th year anniversary of slavery inviting African Americans to “return” to Ghana. The message to African Americans was that it doesn’t matter if your ancestors hailed from Ghana; you…

Dakar didn't disappoint 😏💃🏾

I recently visited Dakar, Senegal and it was a great trip. Lots of people recommended it so I tried to keep my expectations low just in case it didn’t live up to the hype. However it didn’t disappoint. Dakar was a top choice for me because it is a short direct flight from Abidjan, there…

Taxi Chronicles Abidjan🤣🤪

One of the biggest challenges in trying to get around in Abidjan is not speaking French and navigating taxis while doing this. Taxis are color coded according to where they go and the orange ones go everywhere even the airport and the beach which is over an hour away. So I have learned a couple…

Discomfort and Abidjan 😫

It has been two months since I moved to Abidjan and I am still adjusting to life here and finding things that I like. Professionally it is a great fit, I like my job, the students are good, my colleagues are nice, the school lunch is usually good and fish is often on the menu….

The good, bad and the ugly about my life in Abidjan

The first couple of weeks in any country can be stressful as you set up once again a new apartment, buying things that you need, often settling for second best when you can’t find what you need. I struggled with whether to write this post because I was feeling overwhelmed and worn down and wondering…

Oooh Santorini Greece

Happy, happy, joy, joy… I’ve been wanting to visit Santorini for some time now. So imagine my excitement when I finally got there this past week 🤗🤩. Athens is a 2 hour flight from Cairo and then 45 minutes to Santorini so pretty close and perfect for a quick, long weekend trip. I spent the…

Hello Mama Africa 🤩🤗💜

Since I left Ethiopia I have been trying to get back to living on the African continent. Last year I moved to Egypt but found that it is more Arabic in culture than African so it was a bit disappointing. This is not to say that you won’t enjoy your visit here but for me…

Fun times – day tripping in Nairobi

Anyone who knows me well know that I absolutely love traveling to countries in Africa, so much so I am often a repeat traveler to the countries I really enjoy. Kenya, along with South Africa and Zanzibar are the ones that I have visited more than once. So when I got the chance to visit…

Say yes to Kampala, Uganda

In continuing with my goal to only visit new countries and to focus on African countries I chose to visit Uganda for my past break. Even though there are no beaches there I wanted to be in a country where there were black people; they have beautifully colorful fabrics (because a girl can never have…

Becoming an international educator 🙄 issa trip

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a long time so when a friend recently reminded me I sat down and finished it. When I moved to the DR in August 2010, I didn’t plan to stay abroad for more than a year. I was feeling burned out and it was supposed to be…