40 “Summer" Photos Taken in Tanzania

Summer in the Northern Hemisphere coincides with peak travel season in Tanzania. This “summer"—I put that in quotes because it wasn’t actually summer in Tanzania but rather some of our cooler months—I did my fair share of traveling and exploration because my brother was visiting from the U.S., and I wanted to show him all the best that the country had to offer. We discovered some beautiful places in Dar es Salaam where I live—you will see many pictures of the Protea Hotel Dar es Salaam Amani Beach in this post—but we also took a 3-week road trip that took … Continue reading

Travel Tanzania: The Historical Town of Bagamoyo

When you think of travel in Tanzania, you probably think of places like Ngorongoro, the Serengeti, and Zanzibar. Today, I would like to tell you about a historical little town, not far from Dar es Salaam called Bagamoyo. A Bit About Bagamoyo Bagamoyo, located 61 kilometers northeast of Dar es Salaam, is often incorrectly called the first capital of Tanzania. Although this is not correct, Bagamoyo got this reputation because it was the capital of colonial German East Africa, which consisted mainly of present-day mainland Tanzania, but also included present-day Rwanda and Burundi. Today, Bagamoyo is a a sleepy, slow town … Continue reading

What’s Everyone Buying? Tea Masala, Kitchen Appliances & Personal Care Products

If you have been reading me for a while (and I hope you have 😉 ), then you know that I monetize this site through the Amazon Associates program. For those of you who don’t know what that means, it means if you click a link on my site that takes you to Amazon, and you purchase something there, I get a small commission on your purchase. When I first joined the Amazon Associates program, about a year and a half ago, I’d only see a product purchased occasionally. The longer I stay in the program, though, and the bigger … Continue reading

Emirates Flights: The 100th A380 Super Sale Is On!

Last week, my phone was blowing up with pictures and videos from Business Class on one of Emirates’ A380 flights. I was GREEN with envy! The culprit was my youngest brother, who on a trip to Mauritius, not only flew on an Emirates A380 aircraft, which happens to be the largest passenger airliner in the world, but also got bumped up to Business Class on one of the flights there. Upon his return to Dar es Salaam, as you can only imagine, I could not hear the end of it! He kept using words like “spaceship-like”, “smooth”, “gigantic”, and “breathtaking” … Continue reading

Water, Hotels, and Sunset: 39 East African Photos

It’s been almost 3 months since I last shared the best of my Instagram feed with you, so that’s what I am going to do today. The pictures you’ll find in this list include, as always, pictures taken near water bodies (what can I say? I am Pisces), at hotels, and at the magical time of sunset. You’ll also find some aerial photography: pictures taken from tall buildings or from the plane. I am pleased to share that the very best of these photographs—or at least the ones my followers liked most on Instagram—are of my hometown, Bukoba. You’ll find … Continue reading

7 Tips for Healthy Relaxed Hair

Today’s guest post on healthy relaxed hair is by Jill Akanshumbusha. Find other hair-related posts by Jill here. Relaxing your hair for the first time can bring on mixed emotions. On one hand, you might be excited about your soon-to-be new look. On the other, you might worry about just what you’ll need to do to keep your newly relaxed hair healthy and looking great. The good news is that relaxed hair is not as complicated to take care of as you might think. You just have to make sure you follow the right steps. The process of relaxing hair … Continue reading

Travel Tanzania: The Ngorongoro Crater & Ngorongoro Conservation Area

You may have heard of the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania before, possibly in the context of the great wildebeest migration. Even without the famous migration, though, the Ngorongoro Crater is spectacular and a sight to behold. Today, I’d like to tell you about this amazing feat of nature. I’ll also tell you about the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the UNESCO World Heritage Site that it lies in. Without further ado, here goes! What is the Ngorongoro Crater? I like to call the Ngorongoro Crater a big hole in the ground. Of course, it’s a lot more than that, but that is … Continue reading

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