25-07-2019 by Freddie del Curatolo
"I have travelled a lot around the world, but the pills of life and happiness that Africa can give to those who deeply touch its heart are unique and unforgettable.
This passionate opinion, which could be easily combined with the booking of a plane ticket to Kenya, comes from one of the most active and experienced "Travel Writer" of the moment, the Sicilian journalist Francesca Spanò, who dedicated to the African country, understood as a tourist destination, a beautiful article on the July edition of the magazine "Elle".
After the necessary apprenticeship in Palermo dealing with black news but also culture, Francesca moved to Rome and began to work on TV and specialize in travel and lifestyle.
Since 2009 she has been writing full time, on the web and on paper for national and international newspapers (among others, Messaggero, Travelglobe, Starbene, Linkviaggi and Elle) and also writes about food and psychology.
Malindikenya.net intercepted her on her return from one of her adventures around the world. No Sub-Saharan Africa this time.
"Unfortunately not - confirms the journalist - I still have that pain of Africa that I felt the first time in 2008, returning from one of the few holidays of relaxation and not work. In Kenya I missed the fiery sunsets and the smile of the children who have a soul with a thousand shades of rainbow. I often think back to these very peculiar details and make me want to give up everything and return especially to Kenya. They taught me that there is always a reason to be happy and that life is wonderful beyond what we possess and the goals that we force ourselves to achieve, at the cost of stress and daily suffering.
In the last issue of Elle Francesca, she focused in particular on Watamu and Malindi, a place she met during a more articulated visit.
"I saw the tourist spots in Watamu and Malindi, the beautiful beach called "Sardegna 2", a bit quickly, for just one week, but then I decided to go to the houses of the local people and have them accompany me to a Maasai camp. I dedicated two more days to Tsavo Est and that was a wonderful experience too, I can't wait to come back".
In these days for Italian tourists is reopening the holiday season in Kenya, the advice of an expert in travel to exotic destinations are welcome.
"Today tourists, in principle, are very awake and prepared and know well the realities of a place - explains Francesca - And then they have an open and curious mentality. But there remains a slice of "vacationers" as I call them, who claim not to change their habits when changing country. Not least at the table. I find it absolutely wrong. A place is lived completely starting from the kitchen, from the traditions in the kitchen, from the typical ingredients and from the social fabric that is intertwined starting from the culinary sector. Depriving oneself of different tastes, smells and experiences precludes the true knowledge of a people and the place where they live and takes away from the traveller the opportunity to grow and acquire a more complete baggage of experiences of stay. I suggest, therefore, to always pay attention to the main hygiene rules when leaving (water closed in bottles, cooked vegetables, etc ...), wherever you go, but to broaden horizons, hearts and emotions even to alternatives that are not just tours of monuments and views.
Looking forward to seeing Francesca Spanò here again (which you can also follow on her website francescaspano.it) and thanking her for the good service on Elle, we keep her words as a good viaticum for the coming season.
"I think the world is so beautiful that it deserves all possible trips, but personally I think that Africa (as well as Asia) has a special magic in it. Go there!"
by Freddie del Curatolo
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