Second quarter.

Sally has graduated (essentially). Sally is employed (conditionally). Sally is still deeply unsatisfied with life.

This whole year I have lived off the kindness of others (being housed and fed by them) and I’ve been confronted with  my own sense of pride, the shame I feel when asking for help and the relief and eternal gratitude that comes once I have accepted it. I’ve been lucky to surrounded by friends and family who make it clear that it’s ok to need to depend on others every once in a while. I’m the only one who seems to have a problem with it. I hate having plans that only seem to be coming into fruition in some nebulous future. I hate believing that I am more than what I manifest now. I have faith that everything good I am weaving for myself and others will come to pass (bar madness, severe illness or death), but I want to shine as blindingly as that imagined future in the present.

Oh well, for now Sally has graduated (essentially), Sally is employed (conditionally), and Sally will be working on her deep dissatisfaction with life.

References III

Hermetics || #artxman

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Olmec || #artxman

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Sparkle

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Look what you've got.

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almost yellow inside @drmartensofficial #willyverse #vscocam #drmartens #docmartens

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When you survive 2016's shenanigans. More blessings to all #willyverse #happynewyear

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Where to sleep in Marrakech? Riyad El Cadi

Originally published on Visiter l’Afrique . See original French HERE written by Diane Audrey Ngako.

 

During my last stay in Marrakech, I stayed at Riyad El Cadi, an oasis of peace located 5 minutes from the Jemaa El Fna square. Upon arrival at the Riad, the staff was at my beck and call. The guest house is run by Julia Bartels with whom I had the opportunity to exchange a few words.

The Riad has 15 suites and rooms ranging from 110 € to 420 € which are spread over five connected patios. Rather unusual for a riad in Marrakech, its rooms are extremely spacious. This space is a feast for the eyes to any interior decoration aficionado.

A special mention to the essential oils based cosmetics offered at the Riad; they did wonders to my skin. The internet connection in my room was fairly good. I got myself a SIM card at the airport so I just used the 4G on my smartphone. Riyad El Cadi is located 400m from the Marrakech Museum, the Ben Youssef Mosque and less than 2km from the Majorelle Garden. Good information for tourists to note.

For more information, visit the riad’s website HERE or their Facebook account: Riyad El Cadi

Here’s their address in the mean time:

Riyad El Cadi SARL
86/87 Derb Moulay Abdelkader Dabachi
B.P. 101 40000 Marrakech-Medina
Tel : +212 524 378 655
Tel : +212 524 378 098
Fax: +212 524 378 478

 

Feast Your Eyes On This

I love food and most of my travel ideation probably revolves around all delicious goodness I’ll get to devour. While my piss poor financial skills and limited budget aren’t letting me be great a girl can still dream 😬 Nothing can match my devotion to African gastronomy. I was fortunate enough in my early years to travel the continent and experience different culinary cultures (goal number X when when my bank account finally lets me move back is to do a West-African road trip sampling all suyas and brochettes and kebabs I can find on my path. My mouth is literally drooling as I type this😩)

I’m obviously over the moon with regards to the current culinary developments in African cuisine. The rise in prominence of afrocentric food bloggers, chefs and restaurants gives me so much life. Features of my personal faves include a focus on local sourcing,  preserving cultural heritage, a fusion of cultures and amazing visuals. I would love to see them all profiled with a Netflix Chef’s Table style documentary (Iroko TV , don’t say I never gave you any ideas😬)

Souvenir_Cameroon_ #voyageculinaire #workantravel

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Sure, we’ve been feeding each other for eons but a focus on traditional inspired dishes at the haute cuisine level is an interesting shift. Our dishes can also now benefit from the popularity that comes with social media proliferation. I never felt any shame towards food from my corner of the world but I know that’s not everyone’s experience. Some have developed mad complexes with regards to food that they felt the world considered unsophisticated and favoured western cuisine as a mark of refinement. That someone would decide Ekwang deserves the luxe treatment still makes me all giddy inside though.

I hope the agricultural sector will also benefit from this burgeoning scene of food connoisseurs. Propping up local dishes could spur the popularity of our local ingredients even beyond our continent. Think of the technological advancement in food production from farm to table! I’m just sitting here waiting for the rise of the palm-wine sommelier 😬