Joy Adventures

First Impression: Busy, bustling city, it was a bit intense stepping off the bus as there were about 30 safari touts waiting there for tourists.  Where I stayed: Couch surfing with local...

Stone Town and Paje Stone Town: First Impression: Feels like walking back in time, Where I stayed: Coco De Mer; apart from it’s excellent location and kind staff, it did not have...

Paris, France (excluding major tourist attractions) First Impression: It is hard to have a first impression of such a famous city that isn’t skewed by expectation and prior knowledge.  I had...

First Impression: So much more peaceful than Kampala and in our state of mind we were happy to get out of the city and spend a few days lakeside relaxing. Where...

There is a lot of information on the interwebs about Petra, Jordan but from my perspective who, as a traveller ranges between over-prepared (check out these quick dry undies) to not...

Diani Beach, Kenya. + (1 night in Mombasa) First Impression: The traffic from Mombasa to Diani Beach was horrendous mostly due to the ferry crossing. Mombasa City appears quite run down...

Nairobi and Masai Mara, Kenya First Impression: I’ve been to Nairobi 3 times, the first time I couchsurfed and stayed with a local guy in Umoja and I can attest to...

Kampala, Uganda First Impression: We arrived by bus from Kigali and the bus station was a very dark and dingy looking place.  We met a lovely young guy on our bus...

Lilongwe and Nkhata Bay, Malawi First Impression: We arrived by bus from Lusaka, Zambia so after the chaos of bussing through Zambia, Lilongwe felt so orderly and friendly. The city felt...