About Shells

Hi I’m Michelle aka Shells

But you can call me Shells, that’s my nickname. I’m a freelance journalist, writer and wanderer.

You’re probably wondering what IVV stands for. Well IVV stands for In Via de Vida, which translated from latin means Way of lifeI chose this title because it describes the essence of my blog.

Who am I?

Well, I have been many things throughout my 21 years on earth. I started out as the youngest daughter in a family of four. Then I gradually turned into a student studying French, communications and the art of living. I took on the role of best friend, journalist, writer, photographer and up until recently, wanderer.

I’ve lived in three countries so far: Cyprus, Seychelles, and Kenya, where I have been residing for the last 10 years. I was born in Kenya, which is locating in East Africa, but I spent most of childhood in Seychelles (where I’m from, originally). I spent one year in Cyprus before going back to Seychelles, my forever home.

Why IVV?

Well as I came to my final year of university -where I was pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in the art of Social Communication– I seemed to have a lot of free time on my hands and thought how can I do something love (traveling and writing) whilst also being able to sustain myself?

I applied for several jobs. My first job was at a veterinary clinic where I worked as a secretary/assistant and spent most of my time when I wasn’t in class. My second job was at a talent consulting firm which took me on as an intern for 6 months before I had to go back to university.

Since then, I haven’t been able to find a job and it’s not from lack of trying, but the world has turned into a huge corporate battleground within which we are all soldiers looking to prove ourselves in the eyes of our employers. And so, that’s where all my troubles began because I’m a lover, not a fighter.

So needless to say IVV was the answer. So here I am, recounting all my travels via this blog and sharing all my experiences with likewise people, such as yourselves.

Where have I been?

I have been to Tanzania, Cyprus, Seychelles, and Kenya. If being in transit in a country for more than 12 hours counts, then I’ve also been to Doha and Ethiopia/

Where do I want to go?

Everywhere! But let’s try to narrow ‘Everywhere’ down to my top five destinations. First is Mauritius – I’d love to see the underwater waterfalls there – Bali – I’m kind of a yogi… – Costa Rica – the country with no army – Denmark, Amsterdam to be more precise – Greece with all its wonderful ruins.

Why bother with IVV?

Well, I hope to use this blog as a platform for me to share my travel experiences, my aspirations and almost all my thoughts. And eventually, inspire my readers through the tales that I will tell of my adventures all over the world. I know that there are probably a million travel blogs with travelers more experienced and who have traveled to more countries than I have but if there’s one thing I can guarantee is that you will never get bored with what I have to tell and also I will always strive to find all the hidden treasures this world has to offer as well as all the places left untraveled.

Think of this blog as your seat around the fireplace, listening to your grandpa recounting his tales of the good old days, except that you will be sitting in front of your screen, reading my tales of the ‘good current tales‘.

So join me on my journey across the World, discovering all its ways of life.

Yours truly,