Top 5 Things To Do In Moscow.

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Hey there! 🙂

Hope you’re doing great!

Today, I’m gonna share with you the top 5 places I think you need to visit if you’re ever in Moscow.

Here we go:

1.The Red Square.

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2. Alexander Gardens.

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3. Arkhangelskoye Palace.

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4. Gorky Park.

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5. Moscow Metro.

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Always be kind.

Dee.

Kisumu, Kenya. 1

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I’d been waiting all week for a friend’s friend to confirm a possible trip to Maasai Mara. He’s an organiser. Gets you the best rates and all. I’ve never been to Maasai Mara before so I was pretty excited about this “possible” trip. Well, it never happened. The group I was to join postponed the trip.

So, when it got to Friday, I decided to take a trip to Kisumu instead. And I wasn’t disappointed.

It’s an hour and a half away by road from my hometown and I’ve been there a number of times. I had never been to Impala Park before though. Situated by the lakeside, it’s home to a number of wild animals. I’m AGAINST caging animals so I only took pictures of those that were allowed to roam freely. They have cheetahs, giraffes and white rhinos, all of which are restricted in not-so-big fenced areas. Big cages if you may.

I got there around noon. Paid roughly 3 USD to enter the park. It was scorching hot that day and the guard at the gate told me that the animals in the park were probably seeking shade at that moment. Therefore, it would be hard to spot them. Not until later in the afternoon.

He also let me know that there’s an amazing hotel within the park where I could relax for a while as I wait for the heat to cool down. It’s called Impala Eco Lodge. Very nice place. Amazing service.

I’ll write all about it in the next post! 🙂

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Always be kind.

Dee.

Top 5 Places I Visited In 2015.

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I remember the days I used to take hours just to write one post and then publish it.

It’s much easier now. A lot easier.

Mostly because I don’t stress myself as much anymore. I used to think the post had to be “perfect” before it went out to my readers. And that used to lead to me deleting stories I’d already typed out, taking down a bunch of photos I’d already uploaded… and I’d be left with almost nothing to share. All in the name of polishing the blog post to perfection.

Well, not any more, loves. Not any more.

I love sharing every little bit of my travels. And that’s what I’ll keep on doing.

Hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I love writing it! 🙂

To wind up 2015, I decided to share with you the top 5 places I visited during the year. In my opinion of course. 🙂

1. Dombay, Russia.

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2. Naivasha, Kenya.

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3. Thika, Kenya.

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4. St. Petersburg, Russia.

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5. Moscow, Russia.

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Always be kind,

Dee.

Nairobi, Kenya. 4

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Y’all have heard of Maasai Market, right? Nah? Ok, lemme explain. 🙂

A long, long time ago, a group of Maasai women thought it would be a great idea to sell their art at the country’s business hub, Nairobi. So they set off with their hand-made artifacts, made their way to the city and started selling their items there.

Fast-forward to today. Maasai Market has grown enormously. It’s now a huge open air market that is held at different locations around the city. All depending on which day of the week it is.

Monday – There’s no market on Mondays.

TuesdayKijabe Street ParkPrestige Plaza.

WednesdayCapital Center.

ThursdayThe Junction Mall.

FridayThe Village Market.

SaturdayThe High Court parking.

SundayYaya Center.

Although the goods are no longer predominantly sold by the Maasai, there are still a wide variety of very beautiful, colourful, hand-made cultural arts and crafts to choose from. These include jewelery, paintings, clothes, textiles, shoes, sculptures, bags and a whole lot of other things.

Tip: These markets always target tourists therefore their prices are normally doubled or tripled. So you gotta haggle like a pro to avoid getting ripped off. Hear their price. Offer half of it. And then work on from there until both you and the seller settle on a price you are comfortable with.

Also, it’s always nice to engage them in conversations. You know, listen to their stories, find out if they actually made what they are selling…compliment their work. Just be nice. 🙂

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Always be kind,

Dee.

Kiambu, Kenya. 1

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I’m seated on my bed as I write this. Very exhausted after a long day of classes and lectures. It’s 9pm. And I’m really looking forward to publishing this post. I get an unexplainable high off blogging. It just makes me happy. 🙂

Lemme tell you a lil something about today’s post.

A few weeks ago I visited Paradise Lost. It’s a private estate in the outskirts of Nairobi. It was my first time there. What drew me to it was the fact that it had a gorgeous waterfall and a small pretty lake within it. And caves. And horses.

It’s usually crowded over the weekends so I opted to visit on a Monday morning. There was hardly anyone there. And it was even prettier than I’d imagined.

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Always be kind.

Dee.

Naivasha, Kenya. 4

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On the last week of August, I took a solo day trip to Naivasha. Yes, a solo day trip.

I woke up at around 7 in the morning, on a Tuesday, with no agenda. So I lay in bed thinking of how I should spend the rest of the day. Then it hit me. A day trip! 🙂

I needed to find an interesting place to visit that wouldn’t take me more than 2 hours to get to. Also, I wanted to get sorta physical. Sporty, if you will. It had been a while since I’d gotten a good workout in so I had to include something challenging in this trip.

And that’s how I decided to take a solo day trip to Hell’s Gate National Park!

I was so unsure of the whole idea since I’d never been to Naivasha by public means. Google came in handy though. I left the house at 11, four whole hours later, because I was still trying to convince myself that taking that trip would probably be one of the best things I would’ve done during my summer holiday.

It took about 2 hours to get there, rented a bike for 5 USD at the gate, paid another 3 USD because I was getting in with a bike, and another 7 USD (I don’t remember the exact figure but it was around that much) for my entry to the park. Non-citizens are charged way more by the way.

There are a couple of local tour guides who’ll want to rip you off, but thanks to TripAdvisor, I was already aware of that. The park has road signs inside so getting lost is not an issue.

It was a downhill ride from the gate with the most amazing and peaceful scenery. I saw a whole lot of zebras, warthogs and antelopes on the way.

Once at the gorge, you might want to ask for a little help from the rangers and guides at that post. It’s pretty twisted in there. But boy is it beautiful!

Everyone I ran into was surprised that I was travelling alone and kept asking if I’d left “my group” somewhere along the way. Haha! 😀 They were all super nice to me though.

I got really tired after all the hiking that I hitched a ride from the gorge back to Naivasha town. That was at 6 in the evening. It goes without saying really, that the trip was totally worth it! 🙂

Oh, and by the way, according to Wikipedia, the setting of the animated film, The Lion King, is “heavily modelled after this park”.

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Always be kind.

Dee.