Category Archives: Off the Beaten Path

Visit to Mombasa, Kenya

Mombasa, Kenya. This charming coastal town in South East Kenya is the hometown of Hitesh’s family. Mombasa is different from other cities in Kenya. Because this area was a trading post for Arab merchants who traded between East Africa and the Middle East, you see a lot of Arab influence here, from decor, to architecture, to the people. While majority of people in Kenya are Christian, in this coastal area a lot of the folks are Muslim. You see many mosques and you even hear morning prayer calls from loud speakers in Mombasa. It really is a town with a unique character different from the rest of Kenya. Continue reading Visit to Mombasa, Kenya

Balloon Safari over Masai Mara, Kenya

I’ve never been on a hot-air balloon ride, and when I did go on one for the first time, I ended up doing it clear on the other side of the world, in Africa. In Kenya to be specific, over the Masai Mara plains. Crazy, right?  What a spectacular experience this was! Continue reading Balloon Safari over Masai Mara, Kenya

Visit to The Giraffe Centre in Nairobi, Kenya

When you make a trip to Nairobi, Kenya the two places you must visit especially if you are an animal lover is The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and The Giraffe Centre. This past August when we went to Kenya that is exactly what we did, we stopped by both these conservation centers where we walked away inspired and happy to do more for the wildlife of this region.

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Visit to the Kazuri Bead Factory in Nairobi, Kenya

Every time we travel to Kenya to visit Hitesh’s family, I would stop by the Kazuri boutique in Nairobi and pick up a bracelet. I have been buying Kazuri bead jewelry for over two decades now, and even today, when I wear those bracelets I get compliments on them. They are timeless pieces. Continue reading Visit to the Kazuri Bead Factory in Nairobi, Kenya

Visit to The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya

Folks, this has to be one of the most heart-warming and the most impactful excursions during our trip to Kenya this past summer. Every time we visit Kenya we always make it a point to stop by The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in the Karen neighborhood of Nairobi. And this visit was just as memorable as our previous ones.

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Visit to Kenya. A Jewel in East Africa

After a six-year hiatus, we made a trip back to Kenya this past August for a two-week holiday to visit Hitesh’s family in Mombasa, Kenya. In previous years they visited us here in California, and now it was our turn to go see them.

Many times when I tell friends and family I am going to Kenya, the first question I am asked is, “Is it safe to go to Kenya?”  The other questions I get asked are “Where is Kenya vis-à-vis the rest of Africa?”  “What is the weather like?”  “When is the best time to go?” “What is the political climate like?”  So I thought I would take this opportunity to answer a few of these questions before telling you about my trip this past summer to Kenya and all the wonderful places we visited. Continue reading Visit to Kenya. A Jewel in East Africa

Visit to Taza Chocolate in Sommerville, Massachusetts

Love dark chocolate? Ever wonder how that delicious dark chocolate went from bean to bar for our enjoyment? When we visited Boston, Massachusetts back in July, one of the excursions we made outside of the Boston area was to the Taza Chocolate Factory in Sommerville, Massachusetts.

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For those of you who read my story on my visit to Hershey’s Chocolate World in Hershey, Pennsylvania; you will find this one to be very different. This is about a small artisanal chocolate company in Sommerville, Massachusetts called Taza Stone Ground Chocolate where we toured their factory and saw the entire chocolate making process from cocoa bean to packaged chocolate bar. Continue reading Visit to Taza Chocolate in Sommerville, Massachusetts