Magical Kenya

For those of us not ready to start traveling abroad yet, there are many different events that you can go to that you can learn about other countries and cultures.

So my friend Mary, who is from Kenya, invited me to an event on Friday night called Magical Kenya through Destination Fridays. Apparently, the Broward Cultural Center hosts a different country on the first Friday of each month, and April was for “Magical Kenya”.  It was held at the African-American Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale.

It was only $10 per person and you got to eat, drink, dance and watch the drummers!  Lots of raffle prizes too!  Really a great evening learning about the culture of my very good friend!

We had an amazing time!  They had A LOT of FOOD!  This was my plate and I ATE THE WHOLE THING!  It was delicious.  Yellow rice, greens, chicken stew, flatbread and a sweet bread.  DELICIOUS!  It was catered by NativeAfricanCuisine.com in Oakland Park, FL

Then we drank!  There was all the wine you wanted, and they gave us drink tickets for the Kenyan drink of the night!  Vodka, lime juice and honey!  Didn’t sound very good – but it really was!  A little too strong for both of us – we ended up having to add orange juice to it for us to be able to drink it all!  I know, we are “lightweights”!  I totally forgot about the event when I was getting dressed that morning – so here you see me “au natural” with no makeup and jeans!  Oh well – I will remember next time – I promise!

Then the fun started!  They had real Kenyan music playing – it was really great!  the Kenyans danced and were having so much fun!  I took a video – but it was too big to upload!  They were all dressed in their native dress!  The girl here in the pink outfit was our host.  Her name was Wanji and later on after the dancing, she showed us a video of Kenya – it is the most beautiful place and there are so many things to do.

You can check out the Kenya Tourism website here – it’s called MAGICAL KENYA

Then we went into the auditorium and were treated to a duo of the best drummers I have ever seen!  They were really amazing and were very interactive with the audience!

Then they had raffles prizes!  Tickets to see shows, jewelry and all sorts of things!

We had a really great time!  Mary is going to Kenya in November to spend the holidays with her family and if all goes well this year, I am going to try and go with her for the first 2 weeks.  What other way to visit a country that you have never been to than to go with a native – who can show you things that most tourists would never find!  I can’t wait!

So May is scheduled for the country of PERU!  We will keep you up to date with the details – and as soon as we know – you will know – maybe you want to meet us there!

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10 comments

    1. Amie: It has been awesome going to the local cultural events – I do it a lot lately since I am not planning to really start traveling until next May after my daughter graduates high school! But then – watch out – I might end up visiting you in Spain!!

  1. I would have to check my local area to see if they have events like this. I think it’s a great idea and I go through travel withdrawals all the time lol I would definitely use these to combat my longing to travel when I don’t have any trips planned.

    1. Tifanee: Yes – you definitely should be able to google your local cultural centers and find out if they have different events like this. I understand your “travel withdrawals” – I go through the same thing – I am so excited to start traveling next year on a full time basis once my youngest daughter graduates high school! For now, I always find different events in my local area that soothe that feeling!

  2. This looks like an extremely cool event! Back at my old job, a woman from the Phillipines invited me to go with her to a similar style event hosted by the Fillipina and Fillipino organization in our area. It was one of the cooler things I did way back then. I got to try great food and some drinks and desserts that were new to me. I’d hoped to be able to go with her when she visited the Phillipines, but it didn’t work out at that time. Cultural festivals are a great way for someone to experience something new and different without the expense of travel.

    1. Natalie – I really did learn a lot about the country – they showed a video and it is really a beautiful country! I can’t wait to go!

  3. This idea is so cool! I would totally go to something like this if it was available. Looks like you had a wonderful and learned a lot. Safe travels when you go to Kenya!!

    1. The organization that put it together does a different country every other month! I will post when we go to the next one!

  4. What an amazing idea! I wish my community had something similar. I live in a pretty small town, but I’m sure we could find enough people from other countries to lead it. My daughter is going to Uganda next spring and she’s actively looking for information. Something like this would be great to inspire travel, as well as to showcase different countries.

    1. Melissa: It was really a great event! Inspired me enough that we have scheduled several seminars there for the month of January (2018) for me to go and teach the Kenyans how to start their online businesses! I can’t wait!

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