What’s in your pack?
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 a nasty head cold and wasn’t able to check in to my hotel until 4pm-I’d arrived at 7am; it was cold and rainy so I spent much of the day wandering around Pigalle and Montmartre. Where I stayed: Hostel Le Regent Montmartre. … Read More
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 I stayed: The first day we splurged for Christmas Day on a resort. Imperial Resort Beach Hotel. While the room and location next to the beach was awesome, their wifi sucked-like barely existent, breakfast was the worst of the trip so… Read More
First Impression: Stunning mountain landscape and seaside paradise. No one spoke French with me but all the road signs are in French….found this odd. Where I stayed: L’Echo des Vagues, across the street from a beautiful little beach and about a 10-minute walk to town where there are restaurants, a larger beach, food stalls, and tourist shops. The grocery stores and atms are another 10minute walk from there. The apartments themselves are very basic… Read More
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 when driving through but Diani Beach is obviously cleaned up for the tourists. Diani Beach is littered with fancy resorts and it’s a bit difficult to find an affordable place on the beach. Where I stayed: We stayed at Simba-Oryx Beach Cottages on… Read More
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 that being a unique AF experience, but I can’t recommend anything from that trip because it would be unwise to suggest you go to that area as an unaccompanied tourist. The second time was after a few days on safari in… Read More
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 who had a Ugandan Sim Card and had a number for a taxi driver so he called him and helped us get to our hotel which was ideal because we didn’t have any Ugandan shillings, it was late, and we couldn’t’… Read More
Bussing through Zambia from Livingstone to Lilongwe, Malawi via Lusaka. Disclaimer: We arrived in Lusaka by bus at 9 pm and then left by bus at 5:30 am the next day. First Impression: The bus station is an intense jumble of humanity and I would definitely try to avoid it in the future. Where I stayed: Lusaka Backpackers, clean, basic, nice bar and outside area, no food service though which sucked for us… Read More