Category Archives: America

The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco-Our around the world trip Nov-Dec 2013

So excited! About to ride cross the Golden Gate
So excited! About to ride cross the Golden Gate

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of our favourite place katika hii safari yetu nzima ya kuzunguka dunia. Tulipata nafasi ya kukatiza daraja hili mashuhuri ambalo utalikuta kwenye movie nyingi sana au matangazo duniani. Tulikatiza daraja hili kwa njia ya baiskeli ambapo ni njia nzuri ya kuweza kuenjoy hii bridge. Tuliweza kupata nafasi ya kusimama pale tunapopenda kupiga picha bila kusahau kuenjoy the spectacular view :) My son Amani alitushangaza sana maana tulikua na wasiwasi kama angaweza kuendesha baiskeli kilomita zote 16 huku tukikatiza kwenye barabara ambazo zilikua na magari mengi and very busy but he did it!

About to ride cross the Golden Gate
About to ride cross the Golden Gate

Kuna maduka mengi ambayo yanakodisha hizi baiskeli ambapo unachukua kwa masaa au siku nzima, sisi tulichukua kuanzia asubuhi na tulitakiwa kurudisha kabla ya saa kumi na mbili jioni. Usafiri wa aina hii ni mzuri sana ukiwa San Francisco inakusaidia kupata nafasi nzuri ya kuenjoy na kuexperience mji huu wa aina yake kwa upana zaidi.

Binti Malaika
Binti Malaika

 

Golden Gate bridge
Golden Gate bridge view

 

Mama Amika
Mama Amika

 

Peace
Peace

 

Malaika was so happy to ride on this tag along
Malaika was so happy to ride on this tag along

 

We're about to start crossing the Golden Gate
We’re about to start crossing the Golden Gate

 

On Golden Gate Bridge
On Golden Gate Bridge

 

Mid bridge break
Mid bridge break

 

mama Amika on Golden Gate bridge
mama Amika on Golden Gate bridge

 

mama Amika on Golden Gate Bridge
mama Amika on Golden Gate Bridge

Tulivyofika katikati ya bridge tulisimama na kuenjoy the view ambayo ilikua ni breathtaking! Hii ni kati ya zile experience ambazo mtu uwezi kusahau kabisa :)

The Golden Gate bridge
The Golden Gate bridge

 

Amani on Golden Gate Bridge
Amani on Golden Gate Bridge

 

Finally
Finally

Finally, tuliweza kukatiza bridge na hatukuamini kama kweli tuliweza fanya hivyo maana haikuwa kazi rahisi kuna sehemu ilibidi tuwe tunashuka na kusukuma baiskeli zetu kutokana na kuwa na muinuko mkubwa.

We did it!
We did it!

Baada ya kufanikiwa kuvuka tulielekea kwenye mji wa Sausolito kwa ajili ya lunch na hapa ndipo tulipochukua ferry ambayo iliturudisha tena San Francisco.  Watalii wengi wanaamua kurudi kwa njia hii ila kuna wengine wanarudi kwa njia ya baiskeli walizokuja nazo.

Lunch time in Sausolito town, California
Lunch time in Sausolito town, California

 

Malaika na babake
Malaika na babake

 

In Sausolito town, California
In Sausolito town, California

 

The view of San Francisco from Sausolito town
The view of San Francisco from Sausolito town

 

On the ferry to San Francisco
On the ferry to San Francisco

What an experience we had. I loved it and I’m happy I did it! :)

San Francisco, USA-Our around the world trip Nov-Dec 2013-Day 1

At Fisherman's Wharf of San Francisco
At Fisherman’s Wharf of San Francisco

Wow! Atimaye tumefika San Francisco we couldn’t wait to go and see the Golden Gate :). Nakumbuka 2004 baba alivyosikia tunaenda America kwenye honeymoon yetu, kitu cha kwanza alichouliza kama tunakwenda San Francisco pia and it took us almost 10 years kufika hapa lol!  Tulifikia Sheraton hotel ambayo iko Fisherman’s Wharf so tulipata nafasi nzuri ya kutembelea sehemu mbali mbali. Pia hatukuacha kutembelea Rombard street, windiest street in the world.

At Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco
At Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco

 

In San Francisco with my girl Malaika
In San Francisco with my girl Malaika

 

At Rombard street, windiest street in the world, San Francisco
At Rombard street, windiest street in the world, San Francisco

 

With my girl at Rombard street in San Francisco
With my girl at Rombard street in San Francisco

 

With my baby girl
With my baby girl

 

With my girl
With my girl

 

In San Francisco
In San Francisco

 

Miss Malaika in San Francisco
Miss Malaika in San Francisco

 

Binti Malaika
Binti Malaika

 

At Fisherman's Wharf with my babies
At Fisherman’s Wharf with my babies

 

Malaika at Fisherman's Wharf
Malaika at Fisherman’s Wharf

 

At Sheraton hotel in Fisherman's Wharf
At Sheraton hotel in Fisherman’s Wharf

At Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas, USA-Our around the world trip Nov-Dec, 2013

At Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas
At Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas

I do love this hotel nikipata nafasi ya kurudi tena Las Vegas nitajitahidi lazima nikae tena hapa lol! Nadhani siko peke yangu kwenye hili maana Amani na Malaika waliataka kukesha kwenye dirisha so waone dancing water ambayo kuanzia saa mbili usiku, shoo ilikua kila baada ya dk 15. Ilibidi tufunge mapazia na kuzima TV ili tusione au kusikia music tuweze lala la sivyo nadhani tungekesha :) I did well kwa kweli nilichagua hotel nzuri maana ilikua muda wa mama kuchagua hotel anayopenda :)

at Bellagio hotel
at Bellagio hotel

 

Outside view Bellagio hotel
Outside view Bellagio hotel

 

The view from outside Bellagio fountain
The view from outside Bellagio fountain

 

Binti Malaika
Binti Malaika

 

Binti Malaika
Binti Malaika

 

Mr Amani
Mr Amani

 

Malaika and Amani outside Bellagio hotel
Malaika and Amani outside Bellagio hotel

 

At Bellagio hotel
At Bellagio hotel

 

Hubby enjoys bellagio fountain from our room window
Hubby enjoys bellagio fountain the view from our room window

 

Binti Malaika
Binti Malaika

 

She didn't want to miss anything she had to sit here lol!
She didn’t want to miss anything she had to sit here lol!

 

Binti Malaika
Binti Malaika

 

The view from our room, Las Vegas by night
The view from our room, Las Vegas by night

 

Binti Malaika at Bellagio Hotel
Binti Malaika at Bellagio Hotel

 

Binti Malaika at Bellagio hotel
Binti Malaika at Bellagio hotel

 

At Bellagio hotel
At Bellagio hotel

 

At Bellagio hotel
At Bellagio hotel

 

At Bellagio hotel
At Bellagio hotel

 

The view from our room at Bellagio Hotel
The view from our room at Bellagio Hotel

Viva Las Vegas-Our around the world trip Nov-Dec 2013

Helicopter tour Las Vegas strips
Helicopter tour Las Vegas strips

To be honest, I loooove Las Vegas kwa kweli na safari hii haijatuangusha kabisa still the same Vegas :) Ikiwa ni mara yangu ya pili kuja hapa na safari zote nimejionea muda ni machache na kutaka kuendelea kuwepo hapa maana kuna mambo mengi ya kufanya kwenye huu mji uliyojengwa Jangwani. Uzuri wa hapa kuna kila kitu kwa kila mtu sidhani kama kuna yeyote ambaye kafika hapa na akashindwa kupata kitu cha kufanya. Pia watu wengi wanadhani ukisikia Las Vegas ni mambo ya kamali tu, la kuna vitu vingi vya kufanya hata kwa watoto pia.

Las Vegas Strips
Las Vegas Strips

 

With my girl
With my girl

Tulianza mchana wetu siku ya leo kwa kuzungukia Las Vegas strips ambapo huu mtaa ni mashuhuri sana Vegas na utauona mara nyingi kwenye movie nyingi pia matangazo mengi yanayohusu Las Vegas. Na uzuri mwingine unaruhusiwa kutembelea hotel zote zilizopo hapa na kupata nafasi ya kupiga picha za kumbukumbu ila wanaruhusu sehemu za lobby tu kama wewe si mgeni wa hiyo hotel but still kuna uzuri wake maana kila hotel ina umaarufu wake na ni nzuri sana.

At Caesars Palace with my girl
At Caesars Palace with my girl

 

Our 1st hello kitty dude lol!
Our 1st hello kitty dude lol!

 

At Eiffel tower hotel Las Vegas with my girl
At Eiffel tower hotel Las Vegas with my girl

 

Las Vegas strips
Las Vegas strips

 

With my girl at Las Vegas strips
With my girl at Las Vegas strips

 

Binti Malaika at Rainforest Cafe
Binti Malaika at Rainforest Cafe

 

Rainforest Cafe
Rainforest Cafe

 

At the Airport
At the Airport

Jioni tulipata nafasi ya kuzungukia Las Vegas tukiwa angani na helicopter. Tulianza safari hii pale tu jua lilipozama na kupata view ya namna ya kipekee. The tour ilikua ni around Las Vegas strips ambapo hotel karibu zote mashuhuri zilipo, mai mai the view was breathtaking! For sure, I would like to do it again :)

Helicopter tour Las Vegas strips
Helicopter tour Las Vegas strips

 

With my babies ndani ya helicopter
With my babies ndani ya helicopter

 

Amani and I ndani ya helicopter
Amani and I ndani ya helicopter

 

Breathtaking view from top
Breathtaking view from top

 

Breathtaking view
Breathtaking view

 

The view of Stratosphere hotel, we stayed here on our honeymoon 2004 and we had dinner at the top of the world restaurant ambayo inazunguka wacha nishangae mtoto wa watu enzi hizo lol!
The view of Stratosphere hotel, we stayed here on our honeymoon 2004 and we had dinner at the top of the world restaurant ambayo inazunguka wacha nishangae mtoto wa watu enzi hizo lol!

 

With my family after our experience. What can i say is "WOW"
With my family after our experience. What can i say is “WOW”

 

Oh yeah! We had to stop in Hooters for some souvenirs lol!
Oh yeah! We had to stop in Hooters for some souvenirs lol!

 

mama Amika in Vegas
mama Amika in Vegas

 

The best way to see Vegas is by walking.
The best way to see Vegas is by walking.

 

At Las Vegas Strips
At Las Vegas Strips

Las Vegas Nevada, USA-Our around the world trip Nov-Dec 2013-Day 2

With my kids in Vegas
With my kids in Vegas

I do love Vegas kwa kweli, hapa kila mtu yuko kwa ajili ya kuhave fun na ndio raha yake yenyewe. Hii ni mara yangu ya pili kuja hapa mara ya kwanza ilikua kwenye honeymoon yangu 2004. Baada ya kuamka na kuchange kwenye mummy’s hotel choice tulielekea Ihoop pancake house yaani siwezi kuja Marekani bila kuvisit pancake house lol! Kama kawaida utalii muhimu ilibidi tusimame kwenye bango la Las Vegas kwa ajili ya picha ya kumbukumbu :) Oh dear, siku hizi America kila kitu ni foleni yaani kuna watu wengi kila sehemu, fikiria mpaka hapa kwenye bango kuna foleni ya kupiga picha. Baba Amika akajionea isiwe tabu cha muhimu ni kupata picha inayoonyesha bango akasema mke wangu simama hapo pembeni tujipigie picha haraka tujiondokee, ingawa picha hazikuwa nzuri sana maana kuna watu wanaonekana nyuma yetu but tulipata picha ya bango la Las Vegas lol!

mama Amika in Vegas
mama Amika in Vegas

 

The view from our room at Bellagio hotel
The view from our room at Bellagio hotel

 

At Bellagio hotel
At Bellagio hotel

 

At Bellagio hotel
At Bellagio hotel

 

In our room at Bellagio hotel
In our room at Bellagio hotel

Was so nice to meet Mange na familia yake in Las Vegas nao walikua hapa kwa ajili ya holiday. Siku zote huwa napenda wazazi ambao wanapata nafasi ya kusafiri na watoto wao na kupata experience hii kwa pamoja inapendeza sana. Huwa nampenda sana Mange so nilifurahi sana kuwaona hapa, namuombea aendelee kubarikiwa siku zote yeye na familia yake.

Amani, Kenzo and Malaika at Bellagio hotel
Amani, Kenzo and Malaika at Bellagio hotel

 

With Mange at Bellagio hotel
With Mange at Bellagio hotel

 

With Cassie and Malaika at Bellagio hotel
With Cassie and Malaika at Bellagio hotel

Yaani ilikua kama bahati vile siku hiyo hiyo nilipata nafasi ya kuonana na my fb friend Kathleen Kuntz akiwa na mumewe na wifi yake, nao walikua Las Vegas kwa ajili ya weekend. Was very nice to meet you Kathleen :)

With Kathleen, her hubby and her sister in law at Bellagio hotel
With Kathleen, her hubby and her sister in law at Bellagio hotel

Las Vegas, Nevada USA-Our around the world trip Nov-Dec 2013-Day 1

Just arrived in Vegas, ndani ya Limo
Just arrived in Vegas, ndani ya Limo

Baada ya experience yetu ya baridi Niagara Falls Buffalo tuelekea Vegas hapa tuliwasili kwa staili ambapo baba Amika alikua ameandaa Limo kuja kutuchukua Airport na kutuzungusha Las Vegas strips kwanza kabla ya kutupeleka hotel. Tulifikia Luxor hotel ambayo iko kama pyramid, hii illikua ni chaguo la watoto walitaka kulala kwenye pyramid hotel. Baada ya kuwasili hotelini na kujiandaa tulielekea kwa dinner then tulipata nafasi ya kuzunguka hotel na maeneo ya karibu kushangaa kama inavyojulikana Las Vegas kila kitu ni cha kushangaa tu lol! Tutakuwepo kwenye hotel hii only for one night kesho tutaelekea hotel nyingine ambayo ni chaguo la mama :)

Hubby and Malaika ndani ya Limo
Hubby and Malaika ndani ya Limo

 

At Luxor hotel
At Luxor hotel

 

At Luxor hotel
At Luxor hotel

 

With my baby girl
With my baby girl

 

At Luxor hotel
At Luxor hotel

 

At Luxor hotel
At Luxor hotel

 

With my girl
With my girl

 

Mama Amika
Mama Amika

 

Very tired kids, it's been a long day. Off to bed
Very tired kids, it’s been a long day. Off to bed

Niagara Falls Buffalo, USA-Our around the world trip Nov-Dec 2013

Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls

What an experience we had here lol! Kwa sasa nacheka ila kusema ukweli mbona cha moto tulikiona. Tulikua na bahati mbaya sana kwa safari yetu ya Niagara Falls, kwanza flights zetu zilikua zinabadilishwa kila mara wakati tukiwa tunatokea Orlando kuja hapa ndege yetu ilichelewa kidogo so tulichelewa kufika Atlanta Airport ambapo tulikua tunatakiwa kuunganisha ndege ambayo ingetuleta hapa Buffalo. So tulipangiwa kuchukua ndege ya jioni na hapo sasa ndio tatizo lilipoanza kutokea.

Niagara Falls by night
Niagara Falls by night, snow ikimwagika

 

Niagara Falls by Night
Niagara Falls by Night

Kutokana na ratiba yetu ya mwanzo tulitakiwa kuwa hapa Buffalo si zaidi ya masaa 24 so tungewasili mchana ambapo tungepata nafasi ya kutembelea water falls na kesho yake asubuhi pia kabla ya kuanza safari ya kuelekea Airport. Hoteli tuliyofikia ni Holiday Inn ambayo iko karibu sana na waterfalls ni mwendo mdogo tu kufika hapo so plan yetu ya mwanzo ilikua iko poa sana. Ila sasa baada ya kuchelewa ndege yetu na kufika hapa usiku wa saa mbili hatukuwa na jinsi ilibidi tu twende kutizama usiku huo huku pia tukiwa na mpango kesho yake asubuhi kama kawaida pia tutaenda tena.

Niagara falls by night
Niagara falls by night

Sasa tukapata tatizo lingine yaani toka winter ianze hapa kulikua hakuna snow ilikua haijaanza rasmi siku ambayo tumeingia wakati tunatokea Airport kulikua kuko shwari ingawa kulikua na baridi na upepo. Baada ya kuweka mabegi yetu tulianza safari ya kuelekea kwenye waterfalls ile kutoka nje tu snow ikaanza kumwagika kama manyunyu ya mvua haikuwa mbaya sana tuliweza tembea mpaka sehemu yenyewe na kupata nafasi ya kupiga picha ingawa kulikua na baridi lakini si lile la sana sana. Ila kutokana na kutokua na nguo ambazo ni za baridi kwa sisi tuliumia na hili baridi, maskini Malaika alilichukia kweli eneo.

View from our hotel at Niagara Falls
View from our hotel at Niagara Falls

 

Amani trying to keep warm at Niagara Falls
Amani trying to keep warm at Niagara Falls

 

Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls

Snow iliendelea usiku kucha mpaka asubuhi na eneo lote lilikua jeupe limefunikwa na snow na hii ikawa bahati yetu mbaya nyingine maana tulitakiwa asubuhi hii kwenda tena kutembelea haya maporomoko ya maji na hii baridi ukiunganisha hatuna kabisa nguo za baridi au viatu vya snow na tulitakiwa kutembea kwa mita kadhaa ili kulifikia eneo hili basi we ilikua si fun kabisa na nilimuonea sana huruma Malaika maana ya jana usiku alilalamika sana wakati ndio kwanza snow ilikua inaanza kudondoka na barabara zote zilikua ziko okey bila snow sasa leo hii asubuhi na hii snow imefunika kila kitu sijui hali itakuaje. But after breakfast tukaanza safari ya kuelekea kwenye waterfalls wewe acha tu snow huku inamwagika upepo ndio usiseme miguu inafunikwa na baridi, huku viatu vyetu vinateleza maana si vya snow but at the end tulifanikiwa kufika eneo lenyewe ila kwa shida kweli.

Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls

 

mama Amika
mama Amika

 

Baridi kweli kweli
Baridi kweli kweli

Baada ya picha tulianza safari ya kurudi kwa kasi ila ilitushinda ilibidi tuishie kwenye one of the public washroom maana kulikua na heater tupate joto kidogo na kupasha miguu na mikono kabla ya kuanza safari ya kutembea kuelekea hotelini. Niagara Falls ni pazuri sana ila nadhani panapendeza zaidi kipindi cha summer ambapo hakuna baridi, tunampango wa kurudi siku ingine kipindi cha summer. Ila kwa yote tulifurahia maana ni moja ya adventure nyingine tumeweka kwenye maisha yetu ingawa ilikua ya kipekee ambapo pia imeleta umuhimu zaidi wa kuikumbuka sehemu hii :)

Disney World Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida-Our around the world trip Nov-Dec 2013

Disney World
With my babies

Ikiwa ndio Disney World pekee maana zote zilizobaki ni Disneyland ilikua furaha kubwa kwa Amani na Malaika kufika hapa. Wiki hii ilikua ni wiki ya Thanksgiving so watu walikua wengi sana kwenye park hii ilifanya kuwa na foleni kubwa kila sehemu ila tulifanikiwa kutembelea sehemu kubwa ya park pamaoja na kujaribu rides tofauti tofauti. Too bad hatukuweza kusubiri mpaka fireworks sababu kipindi hiki walikua wanaanza usiku wa saa nne, watoto walikua wamechoka sana si rahisi wangeweza kusubiri zaidi.

With Amani and Malaika
With Amani and Malaika

 

The parade
The parade

 

The parade
The parade

 

The parade
The parade

 

With my kids in Disney World
With my kids in Disney World

 

In Disney World with my kids
In Disney World with my kids

 

We love this place, Small World
We love this place, Small World

 

Princess with Malaika
Princess with Malaika

 

Malaika with princess
Malaika with princess

 

We had a great time
We had a great time

 

With my baby girl
With my baby girl

 

With my girl
With my girl

Nikiwa nimepata bahati ya kutembelea Disney tatu mpaka sasa ikiwemo California, Hongkong na hii Orlando na mara zote najikukta nikiwa na furaha sana maana unajikuta umekua kama mtoto :) Ningependa pia kutembelea Disneyland Paris na Singapore. Amani yeye ikiwa ni mara yake ya pili Disney wakati Malaika yeye ndio mara yake ya kwanza sasa alifurahije, ameomba arudi tena siku nyingine eti muda ulikua mdogo sana lol! :)

Universal Studios Orlando Florida-Our around the world trip Nov-Dec 2013

With my babies in Orlando
With my babies in Orlando

Tuliwasili Orlando tarehe 21 Nov na kesho yake ya tarehe 22 Nov tulitakiwa kutembelea Disney World lakini tulishindwa baba Amika alikuka ajisikii vizuri. Tukaamua kuanza Universal Studios sababu tulikua na tickets za siku mbili so ikiwa hatutaweza maliza siku ya kwanza tuna nafasi ya kufanya hivyo the next day. Yaani kulikua busy sana sababu ilikua ni Thanksgiving week in America ambapo wao hii ni sikukuu kubwa hata kuliko Christmas. Si watu wazima ndio tulikua tunaona shida ila watoto hasa Amani na Malaika wao wakua very  happy!

The hotel we stayed
The hotel we stayed

Watoto walifurahi sana breakfast time walipata nafasi ya kupiga picha na cartoons characters hotelini :)

Happy kids
Amani and Malaika with Goofy!

 

Holiday seasonal
Holiday season

 

Universal Studios Orlando
Universal Studios Orlando

 

Binti Malaika at Universal Studio Orlando
Binti Malaika at Universal Studios Orlando

 

Binti Malaika at Universal Studios Orlando
Binti Malaika at Universal Studios Orlando

 

Binti Malaika at Universal Studio Orlando
Binti Malaika at Universal Studio Orlando

 

Binti Malaika at Universal Studios
Binti Malaika at Universal Studios

 

At Universal Studios
At Universal Studios

 

Wait for Universal Studio parade
Wait for Universal Studio parade

 

Yes we did this too, she wasn't happy at all lol!
Yes we did this too, she wasn’t happy at all lol!

 

Our around the world trip Nov-Dec 2013-Long beach Miami Florida-USA

Mama Amika
Mama Amika

Wednesday, 20th Nov: Asubuhi tuliondoka melini na kuelekea hotelini. Tulifikia Holiday Inn long beach hotel ambayo iko kabisa kwenye hii beach mashuhuri. Tulikaa hapa usiku mmoja tu na kesho yake tulikodi gari ambayo tuliendesha wenyewe to Orlando.

Long beach Miami
Long beach Miami

 

At long beach Miami
At long beach Miami

 

At long beach, Miami
At long beach, Miami

 

With my babies at Holiday Inn long beach
With my babies at Holiday Inn long beach

 

Amani and Malaika at Holiday Inn hotel long beach, Miami
Amani and Malaika at Holiday Inn hotel long beach, Miami

 

Mr. Amani at Holiday Inn hotel long beach, Miami
Mr. Amani at Holiday Inn hotel long beach, Miami

 

Binti Malaika at Long beach, Miami
Binti Malaika at Long beach, Miami

 

Binti Malaika at long beach, Miami
Binti Malaika at long beach, Miami

 

Our hire car in Miami
Refueling on our to Orlando

 

On our way to Orlando
On our way to Orlando