Category Archives: Be My Guide To Your East African City

48 Instagram Photos from Rwanda, Uganda, and More

The second half of this year has seen me doing my share of travelling. First it was to Northern Tanzania, then Uganda, Rwanda, and now back to Uganda again. My Instagram gallery has been mirroring a similar route, though also including destinations such as Nairobi and Mikumi National Park. I’ve had lots of fun sharing these pics with my followers on Instagram, and since I know that many of you, who read this blog, are not active Instagram users, I thought I’d share the best of those pictures with you here. I hope you like them. Please be sure to let … Continue reading

Be My Guide to Your East African City #13: Where’s the Best Place to Hear Music?

From my last few posts, you might have begun to think that ChickAboutTown is now a music blog–don’t worry, it isn’t. If you don’t know the origin of my “Be my Guide to Your East African City" series, then I welcome you to read the very first post of this series (…and tell me your favorite restaurant in your East African city while you are at it! 😉 ). Hopefully, you’ll then realize that I’ve not suddenly become music obsessed; rather, blame the people at RunwayPassport–they’re the reason for all the music-related questions! 🙂

Be My Guide to Your East African City #12: What’s Your Favorite Local Band?

Like many other things I learned from my parents, I learned to enjoy listening to live bands from them too. As a child, my parents, my siblings, and I would head out to Hotel Ivoire Abidjan every Friday and/or Saturday night to listen to L’Orchestre Le Best (which I recently found out Lokua Kanza used to sing for! 😯 ) and have a fantastic time. Because we did this so often, in no time, I could sing along to every song the band played, and when the music got really hot, I would run up to the area in front … Continue reading

Be My Guide to Your East African City # 11: Who are the Best Local Artists?

Whenever anyone makes me a mixed CD, they almost invariably put a lot of neo-soul on it. I guess they figure I’m that kind of sister. I understand where they are coming from–among other things, I can often be seen rocking African prints and head wraps–but the truth is, although I enjoy neo-soul, I am not a big fan. My seemingly Afro-consciousness which, were I in the West might correctly point to the likelihood that I would be into neo-soul, is simply me authentically being the African woman that I am and that I was raised to be. When people … Continue reading

Be My Guide to Your East African City #10: What’s the Best Bargain or Vintage Shopping Place?

So… it seems you didn’t have much to say about clothing stores in your East African city, or maybe you just couldn’t settle on a favorite one. Given that most women (at the very least) enjoy shopping, this should have come as a bit of a surprise to me. Frankly, I wasn’t very surprised though. If you my readers are anything like most of the East African residents that I know in person, then…well, you don’t really do most of your clothes shopping in stores locally. Am I right?

Be My Guide to Your East African City #9: What’s the Best Local Secret Place?

There’s nothing quite like discovering a city through the eyes of those who know it best: its residents. Discovering a city this way, you’re likely to learn about the best the city has to offer, including places which may never find their way into guidebooks. For instance, you might discover a particular spot on an out-of-the-way hillside road with an enchanting view of the city nearby, or you could discover a place like the one I mentioned in my Kunduchi Beach Hotel post, which at low tide seems to be the point where the earth meets the ocean meets the … Continue reading

Shopping: Be My Guide to Your East African City #8

I’ll just come right out and say it: I am not one of those women who loves shopping. Yes, I like having new duds, but the process of shopping for them is often more tedious than I’d like. First, there’s the matter of finding a store which stocks apparel that I care for. Then, there’s the whole issue of finding the right size which–when you have a Western Ugandan figure like mine with a bottom half that’s a different size from your top half–can prove to be a real feat. Then, there’s trying things on. With most stores in East … Continue reading