Meet Federico and Kemkem
This is our story of how we got from there (U.S) to here (Malta) to here (Spain), slow traveling through Europe and beyond as an interracial travel blogger couple.
I grew up in W. Africa and moved to the States as a teenager. My first years were spent in Boston and l attended college there. Four years after graduation, l moved to Los Angeles where l lived there for 19 years. I met Federico in L. A and we moved to Houston a short while later. We were there for six years. I worked as a pharmacist for many, many, many years. As one of the growing number of black women abroad with a blog, I’m glad our stories are getting told. The travel industry will hopefully wake up and see that diversity is much needed in the online world. Black women and men are out there traveling and spending billions.
I was born and raised in Rome, Italy. My profession for the past twelve years has been as a freelance professional photographer. I moved to Melbourne Australia from Rome, and have had the good fortune to work with some great fashion photographers, both there and in Los Angeles. I started out as a fashion, editorial style photographer, but have since expanded to include other forms, such as Landscape and wedding coverage.
A family tragedy made us realize that life is short. Our dream had always been to travel, not get trapped in the traditional mode of work till 65, then retire and travel. Somehow, we had gotten lost along the way. So, we basically sold everything (everyone always says that 🙂 ) and decided to make our base somewhere in Europe so we could travel more since the countries were so close. We ended up in Malta and lived there for a year and a half. We moved to Spain, and are currently based in the beautiful city of Valencia. This blog documents our travels, where we go, what we eat, where we stay, and our opinions. Some are press trips, but for the most part, we pay our own way to travel. Some of our stories will be uncomfortable because they might be written from the point of view of an African American woman in Europe
This isn’t just a black girl travel blog. This isn’t just a white guy travel blog. This is an interracial couple travel blog that’s proving we are all the same under it all for the most part. We hope you enjoy our journey that we depict with honesty, warts, and all.
Where you fit in:
We hope our travels inspire you to get out there and see more of the world. While this is not always possible for many, we would still like you to be an armchair traveler and live vicariously through us. Journey with us as we take our next bite of life. Sign up for our newsletter and make sure you don’t miss new posts on the blog.
If you’re thinking about life as a digital nomad, I implore you to read this post. There is a lot of misinformation out there about how easy blogging life is.
There is no substitute for hard work, no matter what you might hear. I preach this all the time.
Speaker and Guest Appearances by Kemkem Casinelli:
I am the talking head of the couple and l love sharing my knowledge about travel, and Spain in particular. In addition to interviews and collaborations with other bloggers (including the award-winning photographer Lola Akinmade on my photography), I have also spoken at webinars and have been interviewed on several podcasts including these:
For people looking to move to Spain, we have an online course that is tailor-made for you. It can be found below. You can also find more information on the course on my new dedicated Spain website.
Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death – Auntie Mame