Ramadan, for Muslims, is the 9th month on the Islamic calendar and a very holy month. It’s a month of reflection, and one of practicing a lot of self-restraint. It lasts for 29 or 30 days; and we are expected to fast from sunrise to sunset on each of those days. But it goes beyond ‘starving’ yourself. It’s a month of spiritual cleansing and rejuvenation. It’s 30 days of repairing your relationship with God. It’s 30 days of performing your duties as a Muslim, and going above and beyond [ more prayer, charity, and acts of kindness]. It’s basically like a reset; from sinning back to holiness, with the hopes of retaining your new level of spirituality beyond the month of Ramadan. Continue Reading
Self-care May. So. I started the year with a theme. I also made everyone in my family pick a theme. Mine was “blossom”. The dictionary definition of blossom is ‘to mature or develop in a promising or healthy way’, and the idea behind it was that I would blossom in all areas of my life; particularly work & personal life. I have now gone further since the second quarter started to pick a theme for each month [in addition to blossoming all round, lol]. The theme for April was “Go all out”, and this was specifically for my business [my kids’ clothing line House 38]. And I think I did go all out. I pushed myself harder, and put my all into pushing the business out there.
I went to the last Afropolitan Vibes at Freedom Park in Lagos. It’s a monthly live music series that holds at Freedom Park, in the heart of Lagos [Nigeria]. The March edition featured soul singer, Nneka, and a major throwback from my childhood, Blackky. As usual, Bantu was also there. Dammy Krane was there as well, but we missed his performance.
Freedom park by the way used to be a prison and was reconstructed into a park, with some of the history preserved. I’ll share more about Freedom Park in a future post
ps. This is my first Youtube video. I hope to do many more. Let me know if you like it!
Throwback Thursday is great! It helps me relive certain exciting moments in my travel. Today’s TBT is from the sexmuseum, Amsterdam. Please proceed with caution, lol.
Lanre and I actually found this museum more funny than sexual. Trust us to turn everything into fun & jokes, lol!
My friend, Denrele, visited Venice and was kind enough to send in pictures and answer questions about the amazing Italian city.
I’m so jealous right now. What took you to Venice?
Denrele: I run an art gallery, so this trip for me was mostly about visiting the Venice Art Biennale and soaking up all the art that the pavilions had to offer. The Art Biennale happens every 2 years and this one was all the more special because it had a Nigerian as curator. Continue Reading
I can’t believe it’s Thursday already, this week is FLYING! Today I’m throwing it back to my brief visit to Istanbul with my friend, Es. The picture above reminds me of how the people there reacted when they saw two black girls. It was like they hadn’t seen anything like us. The girls in the picture above actually walked up to us giggling; and asked if they could take a picture. We heard comments like “Beyonce & Rihanna”, and had people whistling at us. It was a fun day of wandering around the city!
I can’t count the number of times I’ve deleted and restored this blog. I actually gave up on blogging for one obvious reason. I haven’t been traveling. And I thought, what’s the point of being a travel blogger if I’m not traveling?
I decided to give up my 9 – 5 and start my own business, which I’ve now been doing for about 4 – 5 months. It’s actually a business I was doing some years ago, quit, and then came back to. And now I’m coming back to blogging after quitting too. What does that tell me? I’ll always find my way back to the things I love doing, no matter how long it takes. So, I’m now a full-time children’s clothing designer [at House 38]. I was actually doing womenswear before; and then I fell into children’s clothing and fell in love with it. So, I decided to stick to it. I’m still unsure as to whether or not I’ll still do womenswear.
And I’m back to blogging. I may not be traveling as much. In fact, I may not be traveling at all for some time. When you start a business, you put your life savings into it, lol. And the beginning is the hardest part. Also, even though I have people working with me, it’s still a one-man business. For now, if I’m not there, business probably cannot run smoothly. So I have to stay put, for sometime. But I’m happy for the growth in the past few months and can’t wait to see it grow and bloom. Maybe then I can handover to someone else once in a while and travel. But I’ve decided to not kill my passion, just because I’m not traveling. Because even though I’m not traveling, I’m constantly exploring travel. I’m constantly looking up places online, reading about people, building fantasy itineraries, and stalking all things travel online. And I can blog about that. I can still inspire others to travel, and most of all inspire myself as well to get back to it as soon as possible. There will also be guest posts from my friends that are traveling. Oh, and there’ll be posts of me being a tourist in my own city, LAGOS!
So here I am. Giving this another go. And committing to making it work. And I have only one resolution this year: to be happy & stay happy. I’m looking forward to an amazing year, and to the places I will get to visit later in the year. What are your new year resolutions, travel related and otherwise?
I wish you a year filled with love and laughter!
|Longest canopy walkway in Africa, heeeey!|
So I will start to take it seriously. There will be some major changes to the blog very soon. And I’m also changing my travel plans for the year. I will update you on that once I figure it all out.
And if you read this all the way to the end, thank you for your attention! It means a lot to me.
“Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you. Those are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in.” – Andrew Zimmern
Hola! These are some more photos from my trip to Barcelona. It’s a random assortment of random finds while we wandered around one of the most beautiful cities I’ve seen! I love the place so much that I wouldn’t mind actually living there for a few months. Anyways, enjoy the pictures!