Thika, Kenya. 1

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I remember this trip like it was yesterday.

I’d never been to Thika before, so when I told my sister that I’d be taking a road trip there, she wasn’t really comfortable with the idea.

It had to be done though…

I’d taken solo bus trips to Moscow and St. Petersburg in Russia a couple of weeks prior to this and they turned out super amazing!!! So adding the fact that I was home and that everyone around me spoke either Swahili or English (or both) made me feel quite comfortable.

It took me about one and a half hours to get to Thika from Nairobi’s CBD by bus. Then sat in a van (matatu) that drove along the Thika-Garissa road for another 20 minutes to get to the junction that led to Fourteen Falls.

Then I took my first ever motorbike ride! Ha! 😀

That was excitement and fear rolled up into one single “Ha! :D” up there.

That summed up my feelings for the next 10 minutes as we rode through a very, very dusty road.

Anywhoo, once I got to the gate, I paid about 2 USD as entry fee. The rates are a little higher for non-citizens. Also, my excitement was now over the roof because I could hear the sound of water gushing and splashing all over!

Finally, we’re here!!

The falls were gorgeous! And sorta polluted. 😦

But still…

I had a lovely guide showing me around. Thing is, when you get there, you are supposed to cross over to the other side of the river for prettier views. You can do so by foot right before the falls, or by boat right after the falls. The former seemed like a more interesting idea until I slipped and slit my heel a little on a rock just two steps in. Then I was all about the boat life! 🙂

I’ll let you enjoy the pictures now.

PS: All that time I was thinking, “I’m glad I came.”

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Always be kind.

Dee.

Top 5 Things To Do In St. Petersburg.

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Hey ya loves! 🙂

To wrap up the posts on my trip to St. Petersburg, I thought it would be great to let you in on what I consider to be the top 5 things you need to do while visiting the city.

Enjoy! 🙂

1. Check out the Hermitage Museum.

Read more about this here.

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2. Go for a Sunset Cruise.

Read more about this here.

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3. Visit The Peterhof Palace.

Read more about this here.

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4. Admire the Ancient Architecture.

Read more about this here.

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5. Enjoy the Evening like a Local.

Read more about this here.

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Always be kind.

Dee.

Top 5 Things To Do In Volgograd.

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Having lived in Volgograd for slightly more than 5 years now, I feel like I’m in a pretty good position to recommend 5 of the best things to do in this city. 🙂

Here we go:

1. Hike the Mamaev Kurgan.

These are the most popular historic grounds in the city, built to commemorate the Battle of Stalingrad. The hike needs you to be fit though, because it’s a hill. 🙂

Read more about this here.

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2. Enjoy a Volga Cruise.

Let me introduce you to the longest river in Europe, Yes, the Volga River. There are a number of cruises offered for a very small price.

Read more bout this here.

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3. Visit the Panoramic Museum.

If you’re into 3D art, you’ll definitely love this one. The museum was also built in commemoration of The Battle of Stalingrad.

Read more about this here.

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4. Barbeque on the shores of Volga.

On the other side of the river are sandy beaches where a good number of people choose to spend their weekends and holidays. Everything is allowed over there. No rules. No restrictions.

Read more about this here.

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5. Visit the city’s recreational parks.

One of the things I fell in love with in Volgograd…the gorgeous, well-thought-of, beautifully sculptured parks. I wrote a post about one of them not so long ago.

Read more about this here.

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Always be kind.

Dee.

St. Petersburg, Russia. 2

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Day 2 in Petersburg. Enjoyed every single minute of it. I’d booked a boat cruise for 2pm the previous day thinking that I’d make it but boy was I wrong. I got caught up exploring the city with a new friend that by the time we were heading down to the pier, it was almost 6pm! 😮

The lovely ladies at the booking office rescheduled my ticket to 6pm (I thought they were gonna make me pay for another one) and my new friend also got a ticket.

Lesson learnt: Don’t plan out activities in advance when on holiday. Be random and live in the moment. It’s much more fun that way.

Upside: I got company for the cruise! 🙂

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Always be kind.

Dee.

St. Petersburg, Russia. 1

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First day in St. Petersburg was amazingly relaxing. I checked into Cuba Hostel at 7 in the morning. Despite its central location, the place was average and so was the staff in terms of hospitality. After freshening up, I went out for breakfast at a cafe nearby then I took a walk around the neighbourhood.

I spotted a number of popular tourist locations in Petersburg within a short span of time. Perks of living at the city center. 🙂

It’s hard not to fall in love with the vibes in this city. The architecture, the people, the atmosphere. Everything! ❤

I also met some pretty friendly people right from the first day. My favourite was this cute guy who jumped into my frame and held up a peace sign ready for a picture as I was trying to get a shot of some building. He had a really gorgeous smile. 🙂

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That’s St. Issac’s Cathedral at the background.

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The Kazan Cathedral.

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The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.

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Matryoshka dolls, most popular Russian souvenirs.

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St. Petersburg has some pretty cool metro stations.

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I’m a sucker for yummy, pretty looking smoothies. 🙂

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Always be kind.

Dee.