Category Archives: General

Red7: A Card Game Engaging Enough Even for Adults

When was the last time you were stark raving mad about a game? Not a digital game on your phone or computer, but an offline IRL game like the ones we used to play as kids (for those of us old enough to remember a time when children played non-digital games 😛 )? For me, it had been a long long time, until I came across a card game last year, Red7 (you can check it out on Amazon here), which is what I’d like to tell you about today. Stick around and I’ll even share a video explaining the card game rules, so you … Continue reading

33 Sunset, Food, Books & Other Pictures from Around East Africa (…and Botswana)

It’s been a fun past three months for me on Instagram. In case you don’t follow me there, today I’d like to share some highlights from my Instagram gallery from that period. In this post, you’ll see 33 of my most liked Instagram pictures and videos from the last three months. They include sunset pictures, pictures of delicious and interesting food, as well as pictures of some great books I’ve read recently. I hope you enjoy them. With no further ado, here they are. Related: 19 Sky, Water, & Sunset Photos and More Taken in Dar es Salaam, Kampala, Kigali and Elsewhere. 33. Food … Continue reading

HISTORY® Channel to Air a New Roots Miniseries

Does the name Kunta Kinte mean anything to you? How about this scene: “Your name is Toby. I want to hear you say it!….What’s your name? Kunta…Kunta Kinte.", as a whip comes down hard on a young black man’s back? If you are around my age or older, you’ll probably easily recall this poignant scene from the 1977 Roots Miniseries (no, I was not yet born in 1977 but I grew up in Africa so we got American movies and TV shows 10 years late). As one of my favorite bloggers reminded me recently in a post about Beyoncé’s new album Lemonade, … Continue reading

Botswana: A Guide to Gaborone, the Capital of Botswana

Two months ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Botswana for the first time. Not the Okavango Delta or Chobe National Park (the big safari destinations in Botswana) but rather the capital of Botswana, Gaborone. I was very busy right before the trip, so I didn’t get to do much more than a perfunctory online search of what there was to do in Gaborone (which yielded very sketchy information), but I tried not to worry about it, sure that I’d figure it out once my trip began. On the appointed day, I hopped onto a Fastjet flight to Johannesburg (I would connect to Gaborone … Continue reading

Be my Guide to Your East African City #1: What’s Your Favorite Restaurant?

Happy New Year, dear Reader! I hope you had a wonderful festive season and that this year brings you the fulfillment of your most heartfelt desires! Towards the end of last year, I was asked to complete a questionnaire on Dar es Salaam that would be used as a city guide on an American fashion website.

What’s Dating Like in East Africa?

Hmmm…Riiight. Like I can even attempt to answer that question with any sort of authority. Although a friend recently called me the East African Carrie Bradshaw during a late night Facebook chat (you can imagine the kind of stories we were swapping ;-)), I’ll have to decline the title because it’s simply not true. Nonetheless, I have recently realized that I have been on at least one date with men from each of the five East African countries (and had relationships with men from four of these), so neither am I entirely clueless on the subject. Still, East Africa is … Continue reading

Have your Say…

I love to hear from you, dear reader. I love it even more when, in your comments, you tell me about a product, service, or establishment in East Africa that I know little about but that hopefully, I can try for myself one day. Last month, I was pleased to receive my share of such comments. In case you missed them, allow me to share a few of these with you. Early in July, I received a comment from Timmy, who had recently purchased a Toyota Vitz. Here’s what he had to say about his new car: