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Welcome to my blog here you can find a lot of my travel stories, inspiration and my thoughts of life. Please enjoy!

Forgiveness, Second Chances and Starting Over: Lessons From My Visit to Kamiti Maximum Prison.

Forgiveness, Second Chances and Starting Over: Lessons From My Visit to Kamiti Maximum Prison.

“I want to teach society that you should embrace the spirit of forgiveness,” Roberts says earnestly, adding, “Otherwise you will live a miserable life”. Resilient Roberts, acquitted inmate who was wrongly given a capital sentence for murder. It is not really a feeling that can be put into words; I was immediately overwhelmed by a flurry...

UAE on a Budget

Dubai Eye

If you haven’t already visited the United Arab Emirates, then you definitely need to plan your trip, or at least consider visiting. After years of dreaming about visiting the country, I finally got the opportunity in early February, spending 11 nights in Dubai, beginning February 5. I was quite hesitant about making the trip but as...

Paying the Price of a Broken System

Paying the Price of a Broken System

A few weeks ago, I interviewed Ms Teresa Wanjiku Njoroge for a news article (which failed to make it to publication). I thought I’d share her story here instead. My initial impression of Teresa was a well-educated, possibly upper-middle-class woman with a comfortable life and tasteful style.  I turned out to be right about some of...

A True Celebration of Life

A True Celebration of Life

I. The Temple I arrived at Ramgarhia Sikh Temple in Pangani at 10 a.m., half an hour late for the temple ceremony, but early enough for the cremation just a few minutes’ drive away, at Hindu Shamshan Bhumi in Kariokor, Nairobi. Until then, I had known the temple as the tranquil and sublime white building behind...

I Got a Vasectomy For My Children

I Got a Vasectomy For My Children

"I am turning 40 in two months. I am a single father of two children, both boys. I want a good life for them. I work hard so they can live an easier life than the one my parents gave me. I want them to be comfortable and get a decent education that will make it...

The Unquiet Mind

The Unquiet Mind

“I used to have positive opinions about the world, you know, about people. I used to think the best, now I’m looking over my shoulder…an unquiet mind, that’s what the wife calls it. The job has got me staring into the fireplace, drinking. I never wanted to be the type to think big thoughts about the...

About Me

Gloria Aradi

Passionate Blogger

Hey there, I’m glad you made it here. There’s really not much I can say about myself. I guess that says a lot about my life.
I’m a twenty-something writer and storyteller from Nairobi, Kenya. I’m a journalist during the day, blogger in the evening and (aspiring) fiction writer in the night.

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