14 books and blogs to read if you’re considering moving abroad: “But sometimes, the potential pains of moving really do pay off and create a profound sense of home. Biche, 42, creator of Chick About Town, moved from Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire to Montreal when she was 16 to study engineering, but when she was 22, moved to Nairobi and has lived in East Africa ever since.
Although I lived there for six years and got the education I had intended to get, I very quickly realized that life in Canada wasn’t for me,” she says. “The social distance I experienced in large part due to being a visible minority (I am a Black woman). My daily social interactions, for the most part, lacked the social warmth that I had always been used to in different parts of Africa.“
For instance, at one point I noticed that I would have an alcoholic beverage every day at a certain time after work. It was so habitual, that I didn’t really stop to think about whether or not I actually wanted the drink. It was just plain habit.
In an effort to cut down how much I drank each week, I decided that at that hour, when I got off work, my go-to good replacement habit would be to listen to a certain podcast that I enjoyed very much. Quite quickly, the podcast habit caught on and I started looking forward to the end of my day to listen to that.
By breaking the bad habit, I would go days and days without having a single drink which is exactly what I was trying to do.
–Biche Shuke, Chick About Town”
- Winner, African Travel Blogs Award 2018
Online Hotel Reputation Management in Kenya: “…there are blog sites focusing specifically on the hotels and hospitality industry in general such as Chick About Town…You can reach out to them to see if they can write about your hotel. Depending on your agreement you can offer cash payment, a free night, a trip or all.“
What summer vacation looks like in 19 countries around the world: “…National parks, rift valley lakes, Mombasa and other coastal destinations, and their homes of origin are popular among Kenyans, according to Biche, a Tanzanian and Ugandan lifestyle blogger who lives in Kenya.
For wealthier folks, Biche said international destinations include Dubai, South Africa, the UK, and the US…“
- Featured on Travelogues of an African Girl
A few of my favourite African influencers that you should know.: “…Looking to travel within the East African region? Your best bet for loads of info would be the Chick About Town blog. She gives entertaining stories and never shies away from controversy. Her honesty and sass always keeps us coming to her blog for more, whether her writing gives directions to great products and services within the region, or even her favorite contraceptives….”
My Top 10 Kenyan Travelers and Travel Blogs: “…Chick About Town, by Biche, is an amazing blog and a leader when it comes to traveling within East Africa. She gives reviews, information and tips on where to stay, restaurants, transport, cultural activities and other travel related guides for the region…”
- Featured on AllyMsangi.com
Tanzania’s Best Blogs You Should Know: “…ChickAboutTown is a blog/online-enterprise that portrays the diversity of East African towns, people, and events through a cultural lens…”
Uganda’s Top 10 Female Bloggers That You Must Follow: “…Honorary mentions to the following ladies for their equally outstanding blogs and you should follow the hyperlinks as soon as you read the last full stop on this post…ChickAboutTown…”
5-time nominee, Tanzanian Blog Award 2011:
- Best Advertising/Marketing Blog
- Best Beauty Blog
- Best Fashion Blog
- Best Travel Blog
- Best Photography Blog
Excerpt: “I have a soft spot for bloggers who write well. And “Biche" writes neatly without bias…"
- Featured on The Rough Guide to Kenya Blog
Nairobi Blogs: “…Chick about Town, run by a sassy hedonist nicknamed Biche, concentrates on products and services, ranging from the best auto repair shop to her favourite contraceptives…All her posts are delivered in a gloriously enthusiastic, upfront and refreshingly detailed style…”