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

6 Tips for Taking Care of Your Natural Hair

Today’s guest post on natural hair is by Jill Akanshumbusha. You may have read Jill’s work before in this post she wrote about maroon hair. Keeping hair natural is one of the most popular trends in Afro hair care today. Women of color have wholeheartedly embraced natural hair, and many seem satisfied with their decision to wear their hair this way. This trend has been adopted by women of all ages irrespective of hair texture: kinky or soft. Natural hair is very versatile when it comes to styling, hence it being an interesting way to wear your hair. You may have … Continue reading

24 Sunset-, Lake-, and Mount Kilimanjaro Pictures

It’s that time again: time for a pictures post featuring the best of my Instagram gallery. This time the pictures span three countries and 10 locales across those countries. I’ve even got pictures for you taken from the sky, above the clouds. Thematically, as always, this list includes sunset photos and pictures taken near bodies of water, including the world’s second largest freshwater lake. Plus, I’ve got a new one for you: pictures of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. I hope you like them! READ ALSO: Water, Hotels, and Sunset: 39 East African Photos No. 24: A Crazy Sunset in Lushoto, Tanzania When some … Continue reading

Zanzibar, Tanzania: My Best Tips For Stone Town & Elsewhere on the Island

Planning a trip to Zanzibar soon? Looking for ideas about what to do while you are there? Then, you are in luck. Today, I’d like to share some of the things I’ve most enjoyed doing in Zanzibar over the past 10 years. That’s how long it’s been since my first trip to Zanzibar taken shortly after I first moved to Tanzania. These tips cover both the historic part of Zanzibar, Stone Town, as well as other areas of the island. This is not an exhaustive list. Rather, these are simply some pointers shared with love from me to you. I hope you find them … Continue reading

How to Keep Your Sensitive Skin Safe This Summer

This guest post is by Julia Hausen of AchooAllergy.com. Navigating seasonal changes isn’t easy when you have sensitive skin, and summer presents its own unique problems. Although there are several skin care products on the market, you may only find a few that cater to your skin type. In addition to staying moisturized, you’ll have the added challenge of finding products that offer adequate sun and bug protection without irritating your skin. If you struggle with sensitive skin care during the summer months, the following guide will help you protect your skin without setting off your allergies. 1. Safeguard Your … Continue reading

Tanga, Tanzania: 10 Pictures Taken in & Around Lushoto

Have you ever been to Lushoto, Tanzania? Do you know where Lushoto is? Perhaps let me begin this post by telling you more about that. Lushoto is the name of both a town and a district, located in Tanzania’s northernmost coastal region, Tanga. Although the region of Tanga borders the Indian Ocean, Lushoto lies further inland, nestled in the scenic Usambara Mountains (see the map below). In my last Instagram recap post, I told you how I ended up in Lushoto. My mother was turning 71, and since she’d been saying for a while that she was yearning to travel, I suggested we do just that for her … Continue reading

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