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Lunching mode in Lagos, cause they say it ain't the place for my wandering soul to carelessly roam... Quality catch up with my college friend Michelle and her friends & family (especially her five year old son), is exactly the experience I need at this juncture. #thankful #grateful #friendswhoarefamily #lunchin #collegefriends #nigeria #natsinnigeria #lagos #travel #travelafrica #visitafrica #iloveafrica #traveldeeper #travelnoire #ancestraljourney #islandgirlaroundtheworld #caribbeangirlaroundtheworld #solotravel #travelgirl #globetrotting #wanderlust #howizen #thisishowizen at Lagos, Nigeria

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That time in Togo when this non religious girl visited a Voodoo Priest to learn more about this mysterious practice that is so integral to my 45% Togo๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ/Benin๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฏ heritage, and somehow ended up in a deep personal group counseling session which resulted in a semi public birth suit cleansing bath...๐Ÿ˜ณ . . PS - Sorry I've been MIA, this adventure's got me majorly busy. Plus limited unreliable internet access means ~10mins screen time per day. However, I'm so alive and beyond well. Got to love friends and family who insist on proof of life posts. ๐Ÿคฃโค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿพ . . #voodoo #voodoobirthplace #lifelearner #didireallydothat #adventure #adventuretravel #africa #westafrica #natswasintogo #natsinbenin #cotonou #travel #travelafrica #visitafrica #iloveafrica #traveldeeper #ancestraljourney #islandgirlaroundtheworld #caribbeangirlaroundtheworld #solotravel #travelgirl #globetrotting #wanderlust #howizen #thisishowizen at Cotonou, Benin

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Vitamin D day in Lomรฉ!๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿค— . . After disconnecting for a week to immerse myself in the classroom that was Ghana๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ, I'm now in Togo๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ! Today is Assumption of Mary day, a public holiday, so taking it nice and easy with a beach day. Tomorrow I'll start my not so easy gig volunteering on a farm. Super excited nonetheless.๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค— . . #marcelobeach #purebeach #beachday #vitamind #travelafrica #africa #westafrica #togo #natsintogo #lome #travel #traveldeeper #ancestraljourney #islandgirlaroundtheworld #caribbeangirlaroundtheworld #solotravel #travelgirl #travelmore #globetrotting #wanderlust #howizen #thisishowizen at Lomรฉ, Togo

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Doing the Canopy Walk at Kakum National Park in Ghana๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ like I'm so not afraid of heights. Nope, not even a little... . . Although the most popular attraction of Kukum is the seven bridge Canopy Walk, this forest is terrific for hiking and home to a host of endangered species including one of my favorite animals, the African elephant.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ–ค ๐Ÿค—Tried to hang out long enough to see some of my elephant friends, but turns out they are not that into human visitors.๐Ÿ˜’ #kakumnationalpark #elephants #endangeredspecies #adventure #canopywalk #inthetrees #africa #westafrica #ghana #natsinghana #accra #twifo #travel #traveldeeper #ancestraljourney #islandgirlaroundtheworld #caribbeangirlaroundtheworld #solotravel #travelgirls #travelafrica #travelnoire #wanderlust #globetrotting #globetrotter #howizen #thisishowizen at Ejisu, Ashanti, Ghana

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Yet another exceptional day exploring the life and culture of West Africa. Visited Walkor, a traditional rural farming village outside Monrovia, Liberia. Met the chief of the village and learnt about some of their traditions, customs and politics. Got a full tour of their large community farm (indulged in freshly picked goodness along the way๐Ÿ˜‹), cooked a traditional bitter balls stew with some of the ladies, then dined African family style while listening to village tales. Wrapped up the day playing with the kiddos and dancing to the strong rhythmic beats of African drums in a celebratory village sendoff. . Ran into this group of young boys during the farm tour who are clearly enjoying their summer break. They repeatedly jumped for joy into this river, unknowing creating long lasting memories for both themselves and for me... . #ohwhataday #studentforlife #happy #childhood #childhoodmemories #countrylife #innocence #jumpjump #africa #westafrica #liberia #natsinliberia #monrovia #travel #adventure #farming #organicfarming #traveldeeper #ancestraljourney #islandgirlaroundtheworld #caribbeangirlaroundtheworld #solotravel #travelgirl #wanderlust #howizen #thisishowizen at Monrovia, Libberia

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๐Ÿฅœ Peanuts are my absolute favorite nut. Probably because as a kid my dad would purchase raw peanuts in the market and we would sit outdoors shelling and eating pounds of raw (or parched) peanuts while he told wild stories. . . The peanut is also a staple food in the West Africa and Sierra Leone diet. It is eaten raw, as well as included in many dishes in various minimally processed forms. Just visited Yapo Farm, a five hectare organic family farm in Waterloo, a city about one hour drive outside Freetown. It was my lucky day! The whole family was harvesting peanuts and they let me help. ๐Ÿค— They also gave me a thorough farm tour and educated me on the growing process of peanuts and other produce planted including sweet potatoes, cassava, corn, cucumbers and okra. . . Two things I learnt: it takes three month for peanuts to grow and there are two crops per year which are harvested is in late July/early August and December. . . #peanuteducation #peanuts #peanuts๐Ÿฅœ #nutlover #healthy #healthnut #delicious #wholefood #wholefoodist #organic #organicfarm #organicfarming #traveldeeper #ancestraljourney #africa #westafrica #sierraleone #natsinsierraleone #freetown #islandgirlaroundtheworld #caribbeangirlaroundtheworld #solotravel #globetrotting #globetrotter #wanderlust #howizen #thisishowizen at Waterloo, Sierra Leone

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Sweet kisses from John Obey Beach in the Freetown Peninsular. . . From the way Sierra Leone got its name, to how its capital Freetown came to be, everything about this country enthralls me - especially the warmth and love of its people. . . #morningmeditation #serenity #peaceandlove #johnobeybeach #theestuaryresort #freetownpeninsula #traveldeeper #ancestraljourney #africa #westafrica #sierraleone #natsinsierraleone #freetown #islandgirlaroundtheworld #caribbeangirlaroundtheworld #solotravel #wanderlust #howizen #thisishowizen at Freetown, Sierra Leone

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It was share coincidence that my Abidjan visit turned out to be all about the Jeux de la Francophonie. . . Francophonie means French speaking, and Jeux de la Francophonie translates to artistic and sporting events of the global French speaking community. Like the Olympics, it occurs every four years at a different venue within the community and just for me, it is was held in the Ivory Coast during my visit, cause ya know, my ancestors know how much I enjoy sports and orchestrated with the universe to make this happen.๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐ŸŒ . . Here, I'm at the female basketball, gold medal match between France and Quebec (Yes Quebec, not Canada. More Francophonie rules stuff...), but you would have thought that the rivalry was between Ivory Coast and Quebec, given how hard the local crowd was cheering for France, who took home gold. Don't ask me how I ended up smack in the middle of the dignitaries, but adding it to my travel chronicles.๐Ÿ’๐Ÿฝ . . #jeuxdelafrancophonie #francophonie #francophonie2017 #sportslover #exploringafrica #africa #westafrica #iloveafrica #ivorycoast #ivorycoast๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ #natsintheivorycoast #natsincotedivoire #abidjan #parisofafrica #travel #travelchronicles #traveldeeper #traveldiscoveries #travelgirl #solotravel #travelafrica #travelnoire #globetrotting #globetrotter #wanderlust #ancestry #ancestraljourney #howizen #thisishowizen at Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire

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To pay homage to my 2% Mali ancestry I made a one day trip to the country's capital Bamako. But Timbuktu is where I really wanted to visit since I heard so much about it growing up and was appalled when I learnt it was not a fictional place but rather one of prominence in the African trading story. But alas, civil war is alive and very active presently in Timbuktu so I put a pin in that visit for now. . . The day was definitely simulating and full of adventure... I walked for five miles before I found my Mali pin flag๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ to expand my collection. Elated to have finally found it, only to be immediately deflated by the 12,500 CFA (~$22US) asking price, I promptly walked away. I kept walking until the price got to 5,000 CFA ($8-9US). Still the most I've ever paid for a pin flag, but...๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ . . Got to tip my hat to the hustle of the Mali people though... It is the 13th poorest country in the world and it shows... Jobs are scarce so everyone pounds the pavement, trying to make a sale of whatever in a massive market that seems chaotically disorganized only to the outside eye... Until next time, au revoir Mali.๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑโค๏ธ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š . . #beautifulpeople #realstruggle #offthebeatenpath #africa #visitafrica #westafrica #mali๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ #natsinmali #bamako #islandgirlaroundtheworld #traveldeeper #travel #adventure #ancestraljourney #solotravel #travelnoire #wanderlust #globetrotting #travelgirl #thisishowizen #howizen at Bamako, Mali

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Couldn't fit a cooking class into my jam packed schedule so my driver Momo invited me to cook with his wife Awa. She is an amazing cook. I was honored to be her assistant for this classic Senegalese rice and fish dish called Tiep bou dien (riz au poisson rouge). We got fresh fish from a fishing village and vegetables from the market, then went to work for two wonderful hours. . . But like me, Awa cooks without a recipe, so I had to take copious photographic notes. This was hands down one of the most delicious meals I've ever had in my entire life. Eating with the family Senegalese style after was icing on the cake. #thankful #tiepboudien #rizaupoissonrouge #brownriceandfish #westafricanfishstew #senegalesecooking #delicious #iamsenegalese #RDapproved #allthingsinmoderation #wholefoodist #traveldeeper #ancestraljourney #findingmyroots #africa #westafrica #senegal #natsinsenegal #dakar #islandgirlaroundtheworld #solotravel #travelmore #travelgirl #travelnoire #girlswhotravel #wanderlust #howizen #thisishowizen at Dakar, Senegal

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Today I visited Goree Island and the House of Slaves Museum. In this picture I am standing in the door through which at least one of my ancestors was pushed onto a ship and into a dark world. This door is called the point of no return... So. Many. Emotions. ๐Ÿ˜ข ... #pointofnoreturn #goreeisland #asrealasitgets #slavery #uglyhistory #stillunpackingemotions #ancestorscrying #ancestraljourney #pastpresentfuture #africa #westafrica #senegal๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ #natsinsenegal #dakar #islandgirlaroundtheworld #travel #traveldeeper #wanderlust #solotravel #howizen #thisishowizen at Goree Island

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๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽต "Hello Mother Africa! How are you?"๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽต๐ŸŒ This is beautiful Senegal my friends! Can you feel how absolutely excited I am to be here?!?! According to Ancestry.com, I'm 6% Senegalese, I wonder if I'll encounter any of my distant relatives on this journey? PS - Nothing like a good long shower after a 36 hour journey to restore your faith in humanity. #pinchme #dontwakefromthisdream #majorbucketlistโœ”๏ธ #ancestraljourney #ancestry #rootsfinder #globalcitizen #africa #westafrica #senegal #natsinsenegal #dakar #islandgirlaroundtheworld #traveldeeper #purposefultravel #solotravel #travelgirl #girlswhotravel #ladiesgoneglobal #thetravelwomen #blackgirlmagic #travelnoire #wanderlust #howizen #thisishowizen at Dakar, Senegal

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So frustrated by the blatant discrimination that the Africa bound passengers endure at Brussels Airport... Everyone in the West still fast asleep thus no one to vent so threw on some carnival music, turned the volume way up and walked it off. Competed my 12k steps by 10am! #thisiseurope #fuckracism #rejectallisms #travelrealities #dailyworkout #getitin #thesebeatsbydreheadphonethou #beatbydre #natsinbelgium #brussels #intransit #Africabound #senegal #dakar #ancestraljourney #islandgirlaroundtheworld #solotravel #travelnoire #travelobservations #howizen #thisishowizen at Brussels Airport

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Look who's back in the kitchen! Felt amazing - miss it so much... Chef Rajat teaching me the ways of Bengali cooking and introducing me to so many new spices. Yum! #bengal #bengalicooking #bengalifood #indiancooking #indiancookingclass #RDapproved #traveldeeper #india #natsinindia #kolkata #culcutta #islandgirlaroundtheworld #solotravel #ladiesgoneglobal #thetravelwomen #travelnoire #blackgirlmagic #howizen #thisishowizen at The Oberoi Grand Kolkata

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Humbled to visit the space where Mother Teresa lived and worked for so many years. Yes, she is also buried there and yes, the convent is still fully operational. #selflesslove #nochildshouldsuffer #nooutcasts #mother #motherteresa #india #natsinindia #kolkata #calcutta #travel #travelasia #traveldeeper #travelinspiration #travelnoire #solotravel #travellinggirl #wanderlust #ancestraljourney #howizen #thisishowizen at Mother Teresa's House

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Namaste from Kolkata!๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ This city is extra special to me and officially starts my ancestral trek, because according to my father, this is the city from which my great grandfather Mahadu hailed. โ–ซ๏ธ He was one of half million Indians lured to the Caribbean with the promise of farmland and a good life but upon arrival forced to be an indentured servant - a repackaged version of slavery. This was during colonial times in the late nineteenth, early twentieth centuries after slavery from West African was abolished. But the British, Dutch and French needed free laborers to work in the sugarcane fields. โ–ซ๏ธ My father recalls tales of my great grandfather Mahadu saying, โ€œWhen I die, I want my spirit to return to Kolkata.โ€ Hereโ€™s hoping that his spirit made it back here and he is somewhere in the universe smiling, happy that Iโ€™ve made my way to his home-city. โ–ซ๏ธ #pastpresentfuture #history #herstory #mystory #ancestralroots #ancestraljourney #india #natsinindia #kolkata #calcutta #solotravel #traveldeeper #travelgirl #travelnoire #travelasia #travelmore #wanderlust #yoga #howizen #thisishowizen at KOLKATA-The City Of Joy (Calcutta)

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