Monthly Archives: October 2013

Travel Photo Diary :: Beautiful Views of the Indian Ocean + OOTD

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Growing up in the coastal city of Dar-Es-Salaam, means I LOVE the beach. As a child, most weekends and holidays were spent by the beach.

There is nothing more calming, relaxing & peaceful than spending a beautiful day staring out at the clear blue waters & skies. When I sit and gaze at the ocean, I marvel at life’s priceless pleasures and the endless possibilities that are out of sight.

I just had to share these beautiful views I captured of the Indian Ocean from Slipway ,a popular  hangout tourist spot in the city.

Top :: H&M

Skirt :: Gina Tricot

Shoes :: New Look Rage Heeled Shoes via ASOS

 

Thanx so much for stopping by ♥,

Much Love & Stay Blessed,

Dee

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Travel Photo Diary :: At mom’s Crib + OOTD

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Hi luvs, I just wanted to share with you guys some of my surroundings here  in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania. To start with here are a few pictures of where I’ll be staying for the next couple of weeks.

My mom offered that I stay at her place, this is not the house I grew up in; but rather a house my family finished building when I moved abroad, so I’m quite a guest here.

The first house is a two story house where my mom lives. The second house is a guest house with two bedrooms that she often rents out from time to time. Both houses are enclosed within the same gated compound.

Me and my sons will be staying in the guest house, its great that we get our own space while being just a few steps away from her :)

While the rest of the world is moving on to Fall & Winter, this part of the world is moving towards the summer season, therefore it is SUPER hot. The weather has been around 30C/80F for the most part and I’ve been living in sandals + tanks tops/cammis.

Top :: Topshop Strappy V-Neck Cami
Skirt :: Asos Pencil Skirt in Jersey
Sandals :: New Look Sun Low Wedge Sandals

 

Thanx so much for stopping by ♥,

Much Love & Stay Blessed,

Dee

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Travel Photo Diary :: Eid Lunch

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On Wednesday we celebrated Eid here in Tanzania. The country has a big population of both Christians and Muslims, therefore we get to celebrate holidays from both religions. I remember a couple of things growing up in a diverse religious environment. One was hearing the prayer time announcements through loud speakers from the mosque in the wee hours of the morning.

The best memories was surrounding Eid celebrations, even though my family was not Muslim, some of my close relations were and we got to be part of the celebrations.

I remember as a child the confusion we had trying to figure out if the next day was going to end up being a holiday or not. We had to watch out for the moon which was mostly not a reliable source or stay up late listening to the radio waiting to hear the official announcement.

If it was announced that it was not a holiday, most kids still skipped school the next day. Their excuse would be that they thought it was a holiday. Of course the teachers wouldn’t buy that and everyone who missed school that day would get in trouble.

The next thing I remember, was the food. Rice Pilaf (Pilau in Swahili) is a traditional Tanzanian holiday food. Any celebration is not complete without it!

On Wednesday, mom made Rice Pilaf and I made Chicken Curry and we had it with a side of delicious Salad. Yes I did say delicious Salad! One thing that I had forgotten about things like tomatoes, onions, cucumbers and carrots here, is that even though they look so tiny as compared to what we are used to buying in the grocery stores abroad, they are filled with so much flavor and are so delicious. This goes for eggs, meat, milk, fruits etc All the food is just so flavorful! bon appetit!

Have a great weekend!

Thanx so much for stopping by ♥,

Much Love & Stay Blessed,

Dee

 



Travel Photo Diary :: Airline Food

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For those of you who follow me on instagram, you already know that I arrived in my motherland, Tanzania last week. I will be here for a couple of more weeks for a short long vacay. The internet is not the most reliable, so I wont be able to have my regular posts and will definitely not be able to upload any videos until I get back. But I will be popping up on the blog whenever I can with my travel photo diary. I will only be able to resume regular posts when I get back in November. In the meantime I hope you enjoy these random travel posts.

To start with, I wanted to share with you guys my experience on Turkish Airways. This was my first time traveling with them & I was quite impressed with their service. I usually have very low expectations when it comes to airline food. Especially with most airlines now skimping on food and even making passengers pay extra for meals.

The Menu

Smoked Salmon

French Green Bean Salad With Yoghurt

A choice between:

Stuffed Eggplant with Minced Beef tomato sauce / rice

OR

Chicken Skewer with Arabic Spice sauteed leaf spinach / rice

Vanilla Pannacotta

Oven fresh bread selection

Snack Service

Cheese Sandwich & Sour Cherry Cake

I must say Turkish airways exceeded my expectations, the seats were very comfortable, the entertainment was great and the food was truly delicious. The quality of food was very close to what you would expect in a restaurant.

Now for the negatives…The International Airport at Istanbul where we had to connect flights was super busy and I was really surprised at the amount of people that actually travel in October.

It was super packed and hot! Most of the passengers waiting for their connecting flights had nowhere to sit. Hence lots of them opted to sit down on the floor as they were waiting.

I really think the airport can not handle the capacity of all the planes coming in and out. If they could expand it, it would be great, other than that it is really beautiful and has a lot of great dining areas. Including Starbucks and Popeyes for the coffee and fast food lovers.

Another thing that wasn’t so pleasant traveling with Turkish Airways was the fact that the plane arrives in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania at 2:00 AM on a Tuesday. This can be really inconvenient for hosts picking passengers up, especially if they have to show up for work in the morning.

I’m now very curious and would love to know about experiences on some of these other less popular airlines. What are your experiences with some of these airlines?

Thanx so much for stopping by ♥,

Much Love & Stay Blessed,

Dee