As we approach a new decade I felt I should do a bit of a recap of my past 10years. So much growth happened and I also got bit by the travel bug. I started this decade as an agency producer then became an animation producer and I’m ending it as an artist manager and founder of Ofentse Management (shameless plug) but yes I have grown in leaps and bounds. I did a bit of self-searching (not sure if that’s a real phrase) over the years and I have to say travel was actually a huge part of me finding myself. I’m happiest traveling to be honest and I hope the next decade is filled with even more travel (preferably in business class universe *nudge, nudge , wink ,wink).
Ladies and gentlemen I present to you my travels through the years:
2010 London- UK
2011 New York – USA
2012: Dubai- Dubai
2013 New York, Miami, LA- USA
2014- 2015 Were clearly a dark time in my life as there was no travel during those two years LOL. Seriously though those were my transition years when I left the 9to5 grind and that’s when the soul searching began. These proved to be very crucial years for me and I’m grateful for the experience and I haven’t looked back since.
2016: Vienna, Graz- Austria
2017 Inhambane- Mozambique :
2017 Paris – France
2018 Mombasa – Kenya
And this year I returned to my favourite place in the world to celebrate my sister’s 40th birthday: 2019 PARIS once again
I haven’t posted much this year because well I haven’t really gone anywhere so there was nothing to post really; what with this being a travel blog and all. Until this past trip to Paris there was nothing but tumble-weed going all up and through here.
But also I realized that just because I haven’t gone anywhere physically it doesn’t mean I haven’t been on a journey. This year has been quite a year on my journey of self discovery. I moved into my own place (sidenote living alone is the bombdotcom), I cut my hair and workwise I’m really coming into my own as an artist manager. So I have decided the same way I share my trips all over I’m going to share this journey too.
I hope you enjoy the ride or at least try your hardest not to roll your eyes at all of this like I know 2years ago me is doing right now.
Here’s me so far this year:
And this is how you all see me -> International woman of mystery or Fancy with the pink hair whichever you prefer, anyway welcome to the trip everyone.
I’m posting twice in one week because well I haven’t posted anything in a while, my bad. Anyway as the title says my sister turned 40 and here’s what we got up to in Paris, you know touristy things for me and shopping for everyone else. Amongst the touristy antics we got up to; we trekked up and down all 284 stairs of the Arc de Triomphe so I could get my perfect shot of Paris.
Trust I took a break walking up these stairs
My perfect shot of Paris from the Arc de Triomphe(I finally got it. YAY!!!)
I didn’t take many pictures of the crew shopping so instead I will gladly share more happy-clappy- touristy shots.
Arc de Triomphe
Jardins du Château de Versailles AKA Garden of Versailles
So my sister turned 40 this year and she choose to spend it in my favourite place in the world…..Grand PARIS. So you know I was down. My first time in Paris was a solo trip so I was super excited to going back with some of my faves you know the Fam-bam.
Paris weather was a bit stank this time around but don’t get it twisted the magic is there regardless.
By now ya’ll know I hate flying so I try to be as comfortable as possible (which I never am) *sidebar my brother said I looked like an anime character
Touchdown in Paris
So once again we waited and waited and waited for the shuttle to the hotel so here’s a quick tip just take a cab or maybe try another shuttle company because Paris Shuttle was No Bueno.
Anyway back to the regular programming celebrating 40 in Paris, we checked in to our hotel, showered and hit the Champs-Elysees for supper and touristy things like navigating our metro line. The next day was my sister’s birthday so we explored the neighbourhood, lunch at Ralph’s in Paris and then we hit up BadaBoum to go check out Muzi perform.
Looking fabulous at 40 and strutting her stuff on the streets of Paris
Muzi on stage at BadaBoum
You know how sometimes you just wish you could get away from the city for a little bit but there’s no time? Well this past weekend I found a bit of a sanctuary in Johannesburg, Northcliff to be exact. I know I was as surprised as you are.
My friends I give you Morrells Boutique Estate, a guest house/ event venue which has the cutest bistro to top of the old school french vibe they have going on. For a couple of days or hours you’ll feel like you’ve left the city for a little bit.
Lunch wash served: Black truffle chicken with parmaham with some fancy named veggies.
Baked vanilla cheesecake with strawberries and honeycomb.
Since posting about my Mombasa trip I’ve been getting a bunch of questions from people so I figure I should use this post to address their queries.
Can you fly directly to Mombasa from SA? At the moment no airlines fly directly to Mombasa, I had to connect from Nairobi.
Where did you stay? We stayed at the Behari beach hotel which was quite pleasant and had friendly staff.
What can we do there? Ours was a short trip but here are some of the things you can do while you are there.
1. Also my favourite lay in the sun
2.Go on boat rides and swim in the ocean
3. Go shopping at the markets
4. For the adventurous types windsurfing and kite surfing
5. Go site seeing
6. Or enjoying some cocktails by the water
Would I recommend this trip to other people? YES over and over and over again, Mombasa is beautiful and the people are friendly.
We also checked out the local markets, or the Markiti as it is called. The first market day was really just us looking around and getting our bearings (yes we shopped obviously). The second market day was us trying to find the Masai market which was kinda sabotaged by the rain , the vendors couldn’t set up their stalls properly. Then we checked out the spice market which is more of a food market as it has more than just spices.
Pick a ride
Hitting the town
The markiti was definitely bustling
Market day 2 Masai market and the spice market
Our choice of transport came with an umbrella-ella-ella eh
The rain wouldn’t let the Masai market be great as you can see, but Jabu’s dress did add the pretty to the shots.
So we headed to the spice market