72 Hours in Kenya

We booked our flights 2 weeks before the trip and had to visit the travel clinic in Dubai to get vaccinated against yellow fever.

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I’d say Kenya was one of the most amazing trips of our lives. As soon as we landed in Nairobi, we took a van and drove to Masai Mara. We stopped at 2 provinces on our way. It is a 5 hours drive from Nairobi to Masai Mara.

As soon as we arrived, we had lunch and went on a safari. We met Timon and Pumba LOL and saw giraffes and lions. We went back to the resort before it got dark. We had dinner that night and enjoyed a presentation by the Masai Tribe.

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The next day, we woke up REALLY EARLY in the morning and we didn’t have enough sleep of the hyenas. YESSS!!! HYENAS!!! We later continued our safari trip to meet the big 5 animals of Africa and had lunch in the middle of the jungle overlooking the crocodiles and hippos. Our tour guide explained the migration process which we missed by a month. We drove to the Masai Village to meet the people and they performed a wedding ceremony. They taught us how they build their homes and their lifestyle. They also showed us how a man would propose to a woman and I pretended to be a potential pride. Basically, the man who wants to marry her has to jump really high, if he can’t he has to provide 10 cows as dowry but if he manages to, he then can offer 6 cows instead. Tim jumped really high that the chief of the village joked and said sorry Nissreen you don’t get any cows LOL. We bought lots of items from the village because everything they offered was made by hand was beautiful.

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Our final day in Kenya, we drove back to Nairobi and had dinner at a province. We also stopped at a souvenir store to purchase a painting of the Masai Tribe. We were so upset that it was our last day in Kenya because we really fell in love with that place.

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Here is a fantastic article written by my close and good friend Christina Voskou. The article is called ‘Safari Holiday – Jumbo Kenya’.

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Monkey Forrest in Ubud

Tim and I stayed in Ubud and the first highlight of our trip was the Monkey Forrest which we highly recommend. It is a sanctuary for Balinese Monkeys. It’s in a village called Padangtegal. There are approx. 700 monkeys in the Forrest. It is one of the most visited places in Ubud and have about 100,000 visitors a month.

The Monkey Forrest is huge and has 3 temples inside. Good Luck finding it all. The villagers believe the Monkey Forrest to be a spiritual place. Honestly, the Forrest is breathtaking and the pictures are not enough proof of how wonderful the place is.

 

 

 

Bellion Travels – 3 Days in Tokyo

We bid farewell to Kyoto and took the Shinkansen to Tokyo. It’s just the complete opposite, the city is filled with lights, night life and crazy excitement. Unluckily, I got ill, I was constipated, had high fever and a nasty cold but that did not ruin my holiday. I made sure we would have a great time.

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Tokyo is so different from Kyoto, life is busy. Those youtube videos of the train rides are so true. You really need to squeeze yourself in a train and Tetris your way through. Tokyo is so special, besides the fact that fashion is insanely awesome and some people dress up like anime characters, Tokyo is the city for artistic and creative minds.

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During the day, we visited Meiji Jingy Shrine which was peaceful. Then walked to busy Takeshita-don. OMG! That place is INSANE. PINK AND CARTOON CHARACTERS EVERYWHERE. I think I visited every store and even had an ice cream. The ice creams temperature was perfect, it wasn’t too cold. We stopped by an Owl Café and reserved our seats for the next day. Afterwards, we visited the ANIME WORLD in an area called Akihabara. As it was getting darker, I told Tim I needed to go to the pharmacy so we got some medication and sat for a while then decided to have dinner at Kabuki Cho, that place offers an unbelievable night life. Since I’m a Fast & Furious fan, we went to Shinjuku where the famous Tokyo Drift was filmed.

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The following day, we went to Ooedo-Onsen-Monogatari to experience the Japanese hot spring bath which I will blog about separately. We went to witness the Shibuya Crossing and went shopping in Omotesando and Aoyama. At night, we visited the Owl Café in Harajuku. I still didn’t feel so well so we headed back to our hostel but decided to go to a local restaurant to cook our own Okonomiyaki for dinner. That was fun.

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Our last day in Tokyo we visited Senso-ji Temple and had lunch at Sushi Zanmai Asakusa Kaminarimon and the last place we visited was Tokyo’s Observation Deck. I love everything about Japan and I really can’t wait to go back and visit.

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