East & West – my Lagos experience ✈

I’m FINALLY back in Nairobi and I can’t tell you how happy I am! :):) Ain’t no place like home people, ain’t no place like home.

Yes, I did take my love of jumpsuits across the continent. More tales from Lagos going up on the blog tonight #travel #travelblogging #fashionblogging #fashionblogger #styleblog #styleblogger #styleblogging #kenyanblogger #vscocam #vscokenya #Lagos
Yes, I did take my love of jumpsuits across the continent. More tales from Lagos going up on the blog tonight
#travel #travelblogging #fashionblogging #fashionblogger #styleblog #styleblogger #styleblogging #kenyanblogger #vscocam #vscokenya #Lagos

Don’t get me wrong, Nigeria was amazing. The journey there was smooth, and even though the drive to Canaan Land was the typical Nigerian experience, it was a good time all through. Yes, driving around Lagos is an experience in itself. They hoot every few secondsnon stop I kid you not – and the air is so heavy with diesel fumes that you really can’t breathe! πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯ I hate AC but I was grateful for it just this once.

Airport selfies 😊
Airport selfies 😊

I’ve already told you why I travelled here so I won’t get into it again. Β This post is all about my thoughts on Nigeria, and maybe even a few survival tips for the faint hearted – which, if you’re not born and bred there, trust me you are.

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You have to be “sharp” I was told. Not just smart but constantly on the lookout because someone will hear your foreign accent and target you for a con of some sort. Not to say that they’re bad people – not at all. I met amazingly kind people there, but there are a few to be careful of.

First look at some Nigerian cuisine. This is Moi Moi with spaghetti and fish - very yummy. Everything has a ton of pepper though, even when they say it's mild so prepare your taste buds ♨♨ #travel #travelblogging #foodblogging #foodie #fashionblogger #styleblog #styleblogger #styleblogging #kenyanblogger #vscocam #vscokenya #fashionblogging
First look at some Nigerian cuisine. This is Moi Moi with spaghetti and fish – very yummy. Everything has a ton of pepper though, even when they say it’s mild so prepare your taste buds ♨♨
#travel #travelblogging #foodblogging #foodie #fashionblogger #styleblog #styleblogger #styleblogging #kenyanblogger #vscocam #vscokenya #fashionblogging

Have a stash of food with you – always. We carried a bunch of things from home including canned beans and butter for bread, and tea bags of course Β (I can’t go a day without some good Kenyan tea). There was also loots of chocolate, and one of the ladies we were with carried a rice cooker to go full out chef on us lol. This doesn’t mean we didn’t plan to enjoy the local cuisine, because we did. I looved their yam porridge, and the popular Jolof rice and plantains were also really good. But there’s nothing like a taste of home at 1 in the morning when you literally have three hours to sleep before the next session. Absolutely nothing.

Random food pictures because who had time for restaurants?
Random food pictures because who had time for restaurants?

Appreciate the cultural differences. It’s a highly contextual culture, so they never just say what they mean. This is SOOOO frustrating for someone like me because I need clear communication, but it works there because Nigerians don’t take no for an answer. They push and push and push, so I was adviced to say no in circles in order to have it respected. Even if it is through gritted teeth lol.

Carry a blanket. And a pillow if you’re a princess like I am lol. But definitely a blanket, and a sweater while you’re at it. It’s not as hot as everyone would like you to belive especially towards the end of the year. They have the Harmattan this time of the year, which makes the weather so chilly I had to look for socks. Which is why half of us left with a cold πŸ˜•

Departure section at the airport
Departure section at the airport

My trip back was not nearly as easy. We left Cannan Land at 4am for a 1pm flight because people were paranoid about the traffic and missing our flight. Sucks for us, because we got to the airport at about 5.30am and waited around for a few hours before an Kenya Airways official showed up  at about 8am we were informed that our flight had been rescheduled to 11pm 😡😡

So my flight got majorly delayed Seems like Nigeria wants to keep me a little longer lol. Experiencing an Ikeja hotel courtesy of @officialkenyaairways I'll pass my final judgement after lunch #travel #travelblogging #fashionblogging #fashionblogger #styleblog #styleblogger #styleblogging #kenyanblogger #vscocam #vscokenya #africanblogger #nigeria
So my flight got majorly delayed Seems like Nigeria wants to keep me a little longer lol. Experiencing an Ikeja hotel courtesy of @officialkenyaairways I’ll pass my final judgement after lunch
#travel #travelblogging #fashionblogging #fashionblogger #styleblog #styleblogger #styleblogging #kenyanblogger #vscocam #vscokenya #africanblogger #nigeria

Oh the horror. Β Luckily KQ took us to a hotel, which turned out to literally be the Lagos Airport Hotel to spend the day and have some lunch. It wasn’t preety but it had a comfy bed and wifi so heey 😊

View from an early morning flight 😊
View from an early morning flight 😊

They picked us up at 7pm for an 11pm flight that ended up leaving at almost 1am. Typical KQ, no explanation no nothing. I’m planning a trip to Ethiopia this coming year so I can’t wait to try Ethiopian Airways ✈✈

That’s all I can think of right this second. My brain is still fried from the journey and I’m set to make another loong one on Monday so I’m a little terrified lol. I’ll include more info in the vlog and try to get them all up before the end of year πŸ™‚

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Speaking of which can you believe the year is already over?!! Where oh where did the time go. Back to school in January and I’m really going to miss the freedom to travel on a whim. Sigh. I hope your year is winding down nicely πŸ™‚ Thanks for dropping by!

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10 Comments

  1. How about the Victoria Island (VI) experience and the beautiful Eko Suites Hotel? You didn’t take take any pics of the Lagos Airport hotel?

    1. Lol VI was just full of shopping malls. I wish we’d gotten a chance to go to the semi-detached, then I’d really be into it 😊 The airport hotel was just okay, plus I slept most of the time 😊

  2. Lagos is a hell of an experience and glad you made it in and out of there alive! Wink! Its funny you say that your experience there was of peeps not saying what they mean, in my experience Nigerians are (mostly) blunt to the point of rudeness….oooooh plantain…ok back to your outfit love that khaki jumpsuit hon, looks fab on you- effortless meets military chic! ( :

    1. LOL I would have killed for a Nigerian who would give it to me straight! The one I found was more passive aggressive, so when I tell him I dread working out he calls me lazy πŸ˜–πŸ˜– Really?! Humpf. Glad I made it out alive too lol, but I guess I was preety sheltered where I stayed. Plantain was totally my favourite, as well as yam porridge 😊 Thank you and happy holidays πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

    1. LOL that’s the easiest way to get sucked in lol. You should never go alone, and you have to remember that there are wigs for as little as 250kshs but the really good ones are about 2k, so be sure to look out for quality πŸ˜ƒ

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