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@cntraveler wrote an article a couple of weeks ago about the top 19 places to visit in 2019, Namibia being at the top of the list.⠀
Naturally I was overcome with wanderlust as it brought back so many wonderful memories of my visit there. Read up on the blog about my experience visiting Namibia and why you need to put this on the top of your bucket list! 🌅
〰️ Tents they said... during the first half of my African Explorer trip with @africanhorsesafaris@horizonhorseback I stayed in the most beautiful tent in Camp Davidson. Camping is never going to quite the same from now on..
Gone explorin’. Ponte Tower is built on a giant slopping rock, that looks like a floor which was never finished. It was on top of this rock that residents piled rubbish some 14 storeys high, once the government cut their collections.
🏢 Ponte City Apartments | Manfred Hermer
Trying to get out of the habit of comparing African excellence to western standards. When in Lagos or Accra or wherever, I no longer will exclaim “this feels like Miami or New York!” Instead I’ll just say #thisIsAfrica 🌍 ❤️
Continuing my series in Lagos today by sharing some clips from a few visits to the markets. While we have grocery stores large and small - the local market is still very much a integral part of the Nigerian / Lagos living and if you find yourself in this part of the world you should visit a market. it is loud and vibrant with some of the hardest working people you will ever meet. It is a meeting point for the community; it is ordered chaos; there is a form of cat calling so there may be whistling or names like Rihanna and Beyoncé - I don’t take it personal here because it is not intended to offend - it is survival of the fittest for who can get your attention to make a sale. Don’t be afraid to haggle- the vendors expect it. (I am not as good I as I used to be haggling). The unofficial bargain rule is to slash the asking price by 50% and then let the negotiations begin....the true price is typically between 60 to 80% of the initial asking price.
This goes without saying but wear comfortable shoes; prepare for your personal space to be invaded if it particularly crowded. There will be random people who offer to help carry your purchases - proceed with caution. I always ask my vendor if the person asking is someone they will vouch for or not and because they want your business the next time you are there - they will tell you the truth. *
It thing of pride in Nigeria to say you bought something at less than asking price.
Do you haggle or just take the price as is ? I will love to hear your market experience below.
Last day of the mission was the hardest for us all. Very emotional.... knowing that we return to our comfort life and they are left behind. And you ask yourself? How are we so privileged and they are not?
Are we better people? What’s their fault that they were born in Africa?
Being privileged does not necessarily mean that you have a perfect life. It does not mean that you come from wealth or that you always obtain everything you want — or deserve.
It doesn’t give you a pass to be lazy and doesn’t automatically guarantee you success. White skin no more relieves you of taking responsibility for your life, working hard and thinking smart than it does for people with dark skin.
It just means that you have a head start over the rest of these people.
Where does God come in all this? We know He is love and he loves poor and rich, black and white.... I personally think that He allows the poor among us so we develop a great character and beautiful qualities, so we can practice gratitude every day, forget about ourselves and live for others, for those in need! We are here to land a hand to those in need, to people like these in this forgotten corner of the WORLD!!! in Africa!!!!
You know the expression... don’t waste food, children in Africa are starving? Well it’s true... they don’t have the luxury of having 3 meals a day and those multiple snacks in between... but they have a big heart and huge smiles on their faces!!! The message here truly is practice gratitude in good times and hard times.... don’t compare yourself with others and appreciate what you have.... 🎀
All work and no play...is no good for anyone!? Have you played today?.
Well, take a break and head over to our YouTube channel. We just posted a fun video!
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This place has been around to see the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Berber Almohads, and the Marinids! // Rabat, Morocco
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Going to Iles de la Madeleine, I didn't know what to expect. There was not enough information online on what to do, what to see and what makes this island special. .
That was a motivation for me to go there. I wanted to find out why this place was rated as one of the top things to do in Senegal. And I did. But I did more than that. I created a comprehensive article showing you exactly what to expect when you travel to Isles de la Madeleine. I'm talking history, where it comes from, and what it offers. More, I also created an amazing gallery of 50 pictures that would make you want to book your flight and head over there right now! .
Check the link in bio. All the goodies are there.
Sometimes you get incredibly lucky with your timings. We'd hopped out of our jeep and walked around the corner just as this lady was coming the other way.
This was the sole elephant we saw during the driving safari. Apparently she was by herself as she was scouting the area for her herd, so the guides expected to see more here the following day. If that's not a reason to come back, I don't know what is...
The souks of Marrakech are chaos personified. If the labyrinth of shops wasn’t enough to disorient you, the constant murmur of shopkeepers trying to get your attention make it hard to focus on where you are going. That is if you even know. The few signs are marginally helpful, especially when a new path is calling out to your curiosity around every corner. You wander blindly yet your eyes are assaulted by colorful kaftans, embroidered slippers, Pom-Pom leaden purses. The smell of freshly carved wood and recently tanned leather crawls into your nose, occasionally retreating to make way for fried pastilla, cured olives, and a cacophony of ground spices (especially cumin 🙄). Side note: beware the eucalyptus crystals. It’s easy to get lost in the souks but it’s surprisingly hard to find anything unique. For the hundreds of little shops they mostly seem to sell the same things; wooden puzzle boxes, leather bags, hand carved wood camels, tin tea light covers, MC Hammer pants, leather bags, argon oil soap, Moroccan rugs, silver (?) jewelry, leather bags, clay tajines, and so much cumin. But if you spend enough time, you might find some gems; a colorfully painted camel, hand blown tea cups, or custom made leather slippers. They’re not easy to find, but the journey is worth it.
The Church of Saint George, one of the twelve religious sites constructed by King Lalibela in the 13th century who wanted to recreate Jerusalem in Ethiopia. If you swipe you can see the different layers outside of the church which is supposed to symbolize the sections of Noah's Ark.