Quick Guide to Paris, France

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 soContinue reading “Quick Guide to Paris, France”

Quick Guide Entebbe

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 toContinue reading “Quick Guide Entebbe”

Quick Guide Mahe, Seychelles

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 touristContinue reading “Quick Guide Mahe, Seychelles”

Quick Guide Diani Beach

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 bitContinue reading “Quick Guide Diani Beach”

Quick Guide Nairobi and Masai Mara, Kenya

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 toContinue reading “Quick Guide Nairobi and Masai Mara, Kenya”

Quick Guide Lilongwe and Nkhata Bay, Malawi

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 safe during the day, we were too exhausted from Zambia to venture out after dark, preferring to drink beer at the hostel and sleepContinue reading “Quick Guide Lilongwe and Nkhata Bay, Malawi”

Quick Guide Kigali, Rwanda

Kigali, Rwanda  First Impression: The hills, the air, the cleanliness!  Kigali is unlike any other East African city I’d been to.  People were so polite and respectful, all cordial smiles rather than the usual “Hey, Muzungu!” Where I stayed:  We stayed at 2000 Hotel for the first two nights before heading to the DRC.  IContinue reading “Quick Guide Kigali, Rwanda”

Guide to Bussing through Zambia

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 IContinue reading “Guide to Bussing through Zambia”