About Kim

Let’s see. My name is Kim :) I’m French-American and have, for my whole life, been immersed in both cultures. But really, I am an American girl shaped by her bilingual and bi-cultural background. This upbringing led me to thrive on travel, new experiences, and cultural immersion.

I’ve lived in Paris, Boston, DC, Nîmes, and Dakar, Senegal. I’m in my twenties and love, in no particular order: my adopted street pup Taya, feminism, cheese, speed reading, cultural relativism, Pinterest, strong coffee, African wax textiles, and traveling all over the globe.

I’m also quite a fan of smileys ;) What can I say, I can't resist a wink to lighten things up, a mere four or five times per post ;) GAH.

I studied Government, French, and African Studies in DC, as well as abroad in Dakar and Paris as an exchange student. Upon graduating, I moved straight back to Dakara boisterous, polluted, francophone, predominantly Muslim, coastal, invigorating, and always inspiring African capital. My passion for all things design, decor, full of color, and eye-catching has grown exponentially living in a city with inspiration at every turn. I also really love coral and teal :) 

I have worked in the international education and development sectors here in Dakar. I love to travel for both work and pleasure and I am always on the look out for design and decor inspiration to incorporate into our Dakar Nest!


^^With C - the bf - in Cabo Verde, Spring 2012.

I’m also passionate about human rights advocacy with a focus on women, children, immigrant, and refugee rights. One day I hope to establish a career in this field. Insha’Allah ;)

With this blog, I'll be sharing my experience as an expat in Senegal, design and decor inspiration from around West Africa, and some cultural anecdotes to spice things up!  There will also be a fair share of life musing as I document my journey to finding personal fulfillment, professional satisfaction, and the elusive “work-life balance.” 

Yup, I fall in the 20-something category of trying to figure it all out :)

I hope you find some inspiration among my ramblings! And I LOVE sharing travel experiences and advice on West Africa (and anything else, really!), so please feel free to contact me at Kim6bougies @ gmail.com.


^^A sample of textiles I have used in clothing and crafts projects, all purchased at local markets.

11 comments:

  1. Wow! What an interesting life. All that and getting to live in Paris, too. I love the textiles on this page. They are so vibrant.

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! And thanks for stopping by. I love nothing more but to hoard textiles from all over West Africa :)

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    2. P.S. Not sure if you have a blog because I can't see your profile (its not public?)... would love to visit your blog if you have one :)

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  2. Hi, I just found your blog because I was looking for juju hat...I´m spanish and I lived in Lome, Togo...and I will follow you from now!!

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    1. Hi Pepa! Thanks for stopping by! I wish I understood/remembered more Spanish from high school so I could follow your blog too, but I will definitely enjoy the pictures :)

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  3. Can't wait to read more about your inspiring life here on the blog!

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  4. All I really know about Senegal is MC Solaar, and I really don't know what he's saying anyway. But he makes a great running soundtrack!

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  5. Hi, I just found your blog through one of our shared favorites, Megan at Across the Pond. I'm an expat as well from Iceland living in Cambodia. Just wanted to say that I really liked reading about your adventures in Senegal and that you are a trooper for moving so far away from home.

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  6. Hi! I'm currently a college freshman studying French as my foreign language. I am interested in studying in Dakar for my study abroad and taking a course related to education and education development. I was curious as to what your experiences have been working in international education and development? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Su! I'd love to tell you more about my experience studying abroad and working in Senegal. If you could send me an email at kim6bougies@gmail.com, it would be easier to communicate that way. Look forward to hearing from you!

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  7. Dear Kim,

    My name is Joe Pinzone and I'm casting an international travel show about expats moving abroad. We'd love to film in Senegal and wanted to know if you could help us find expats who have moved there within the last 15 months or have been there for 3-4 years, but recently moved into a new home. The show documents their move to a new country and will place the country in fabulous light. The contributors on the show would also receive monetary compensation if they are filmed. If you'd like more information, please give me a call at 212-231-7716 or skype me at joefromnyc. You can also email me at joepinzone@leopardusa.com. Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Joe Pinzone
    Casting Producer
    P: 212-231-7716
    Skype: Joefromnyc

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