◦ Co-founder @ijaia.art ◦ Travel Enthusiast ◦ African Art Aficionado

𝟶𝟻 │𝟶𝟷│ 𝟸𝟶𝟷𝟿 ᴄᴀʙᴀʟɢᴀᴛᴀ ᴅᴇ ʀᴇʏᴇs ——————————————————————————— We had just come back from the freezing cold of Belgium, and were welcomed with the ‘Cabalgata de Reyes’ (Three Kings Parade). To my surprise, the joy and warmth of the holidays had not yet passed. Dancing, singing and laughter filled the air, caramelos were thrown from floats, and children’s eyes gleamed with delight. While some of us celebrate Christmas and receive gifts on Christmas morning, in Spanish tradition, gifts are delivered by the Three Wise Men (or Three Kings) instead of Santa. So, no old white man jumping down the chimney and watching you while you sleep. On the night of January 5th, kids leave out food and drinks for the Three Kings and their camels. Then, on January 6th, the twelfth day of Christmas (aka Epiphany) is when the children receive their gifts. I myself have just discovered the tradition, but I’m already keen on being a part of it every year. ———————————————————————————
𝟷𝟶 │ 𝟶𝟺 │ 𝟸𝟶𝟷𝟾 sᴇʟɪ sᴀғᴀʀɪ ᴢᴏɴɢᴏ —————————————————————————————————————————————————————— I remember being in the car, with the sun lightly stroking my face, and gently swaying my head to the crackled sound of Congolese rumba coming from the radio. We stopped the car and got out, in what seemed to be the middle of nowhere, and continued our descent by foot. As we got deeper and deeper into the forest, we came upon the small secluded waterfall that we had kept hearing about at the lodge. The site of such beauty, untouched by man and in its natural glory, will be etched in my mind forever… ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————
𝟶𝟸 │𝟶𝟷│ 𝟸𝟶𝟷𝟿 ʟᴇ ǫᴜᴀʀᴛɪᴇʀ ʟᴀᴛɪɴ —————————————————————————————————————————————————————— While waiting for the train back to the countryside, we wandered a bit begrudgingly into what we thought to be an ordinary old fashioned pub when, lo and behold, we were welcomed into a quaint café with a warm industrial interior, adorned with wrought iron and beautiful exposed wood. The sound of coffee table jazz and the smell of Speculoos filled the air, and a bright Christmas tree towered over some tables in the back. We ordered a hot coco with Belgian chocolate to pass the time, and although the holidays had come and gone, in that café, it still felt like Christmas ☺️ ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————
Last days of 2018 & feelin’ all kinds of fresh 🥶❄️
“…so there we were, 7 years later, drinking ~ way too expensive ~ IPA’s, talking about self-love and black girl magic. And in that moment I realised how far we had come. Friendship is allowing ourselves to be weird through the years, all the while accepting each other for what we have become, and cheering on each other’s growth. It’s been a wild ride, but damn I don’t regret it one bit…” ❤️
Just two buddies, laughing & having a good time. He’s da best doge 🐶❤️
𝘞𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢 𝘵𝘰𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘶𝘯𝘴𝘦𝘵 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘵𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘰𝘭𝘴 𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘈 𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝘩𝘶𝘦 𝘣𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘭𝘶𝘦 𝘔𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘴, 𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘱𝘶𝘳𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘓𝘪𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘲𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘢𝘤𝘦𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘴𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘢 𝘴𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘚𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘦
3.0 ❤️ Thank you for being my rock For loving my imperfections For helping me become the best version of myself I love you, now and until we’re changing each other’s adult diapers ————————————————————— #instapic #happiness #instagood #instamood #mixedcouple #tenerife #love #beautiful
Peep the ‘fro 👀 ════════════════════ Learning to love my hair again. It may be kinky, tough to work with and I’ll be damned if I don’t admit that sometimes I just want to cut it off all over again, haha. But it’s also a part of who I am and I wouldn’t want it any other way 🙃
Bahian Vibes 🇧🇷 ════════════════════
Evening Glow ✨ ══════════════════
Retro Candy ═ ═ ═ ═ ═ ═ ═ ═ ═ ═ ═ ═ ═ ═ ═ Got mad 💗 for cotton candy walls & disco styles
│Boat Life│ Being out at sea stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings joy to the soul ✨
/ Weekend / Wishing everyone a wonderful Friday! ✨ ——— World Cup has just started (anyone else watching??) and Spain’s playing tonight so we’re hitting the town hehe. Nothing better than that ‘World Cup’ atmosphere, u know what I mean? We’re supporting 🇪🇸 of course, seeing as how we’re practically Canarians now (or I like to believe we are), 🇧🇪 , 🇧🇷 and all African nations lol. Not much of an avid football fan, but I love me some World Cup ⚽️ (like most girls? Idk 😐). Who are you supporting??
/ Explore / Found the cutest spot in Masca today! After a long & winding road (getting to Masca is no joke 😭) and sweating through a long walk (walking around Masca is no joke 😂) we stumbled upon the lovely Casa Riquelme ——— Perched on the edge of one of the many mountains surrounding Masca, we were taken aback by the authenticity & aura of this place - and don’t get me started on the scenery 😮 ——— Definitely a good place to stop by if you’re ever on your way to the small picturesque village of Masca 💞
/ Changes / Much more of an I-wear-black-all-day-errday kinda girl, but hey, there’s a first for everything! Amirite? 😅 . . . . . . #explore #canaryislands #canarias #discovering #tenerife #tenerifesur #africangirl #blkcreatives #naturalista #marbltravel #girlsthatwander #girlsabroad #instapic #instagood #potd #ootd #african #travelnoire #wearetravelgirls #wetravelgirls
Today’s Agenda: Cava, sun and giggles • Working in a sunny country has its perks 🤗 We like to take longer lunch breaks on Wednesdays to decompress and ‘cut’ the week in half. I was also thinking of starting yoga in order to relieve stress & be more ‘in tune’ with my surroundings 🤔 • What do you do to stay zen & motivated during the week?? I would love to know! 💞
/ Remembering Congo / Zongo falls, gushing out of a 65 meter cliff and crashing down through the jungle canopy with a fierce and shattering noice. The sun, big and bright above our heads. Our Seli Safari friend, shouting at the falls, daring them to drench us in water while we were taking this picture (He was absolutely amazing 😂)...a beautiful and powerful moment in time that I will never forget 💕
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