Cynthia Andrew: Traveling in Style
Cynthia Andrews, an Attorney by day and a lifestyle blogger by night at Simplycyn, was born in Cameroon and now lives in New York City. She says “I caught the travel bug the summer of 2000, the year I went to Paris for a semester abroad. Being in Paris, so far from home and friends, meeting new people, hopping on the Euroline bus to London and Brussels and anywhere else we could afford was positively life changing. I came back with renewed life focus, completed law school and every time I’m not working, I’m traveling.”
If we had to compile a list of the best dressed travellers featured on here, i’m certain Cynthia Andrews will be second to none. We think she is adorned in the best chic and sophisticated, but still classic and comfortable dresses one could gallivant the world in. Cynthia touched our collective nerve here at MyWeku Tastes in our travel, cultural and fashion consciousness as we poured over her rather tasty Instagram page – Simplycyn. So what make this fashionable Attorney tick? Where has she travelled to? What will she serve us at a dinner party? Cynthia, graced us with her presence to respond to all these questions.
What’s the best part of travelling for you?
Hard to pin down, love all of it- Exposure to different culture, meeting new people, eating local dishes made locally.
If we were to peek into your travel bag what will we find and why?
A camera, because I love to capture and document everything. Face lotion with spf (sunscreen) because I often travel to warmer climates or atleast travel in warm months and a matte red lipstick as that can take me from drab to done up in a minute.
Fashion is close to your heart, any thoughts on the growing influence of African fabrics and designs in the fashion world?
I love to see it, I love to see amazing platforms like zuvaa and I hope to see more made by African designers. It’s just the beginning.
Which of these do you do whilst travelling and why?
Recline your airline seat or not?
Do not recline or recline minimally – it’s so inconsiderate to.
Spend several hours looking for the best airfares and hotel deals or do you book on a whim? Spend several hours – I believe in the power of the deal and there’s plenty out there and there’s no better feeling than finding one.
Love or hate airline food? I don’t think anyone loves airline food, but it’s always exciting when that cart comes by. You know the food won’t be great, but you’re happy for the distraction and to see just what you’re going to get. Every now and then you get surprised by something nice.
As someone of Cameroonian heritage, how significant do you think your travels across the world inspires fellow Africans to do so.
I know that I have been inspired by others and realizing how possible and attainable travel is. If I can show others that as well as challenge them to go to destinations they wouldn’t have considered, then I’ve done more than I could wish for. It’s important that the world sees us… Especially in places they wouldn’t expect.
If you hosted a dinner party what dishes around the world will you serenade your guests with?
This meal won’t go together, but I don’t care! French bread to start with Spanish Olive Oil, Italian Caprese salad, then Jamaican patties and Tibetan dumplings as small plates. Entrees will include Fufu and Eru from Cameroon that’s just a necessity of life. Szechuan Dan Dan noodles, and Indian vindaloo or masala which can be served with Nigerian/Cameroonian/Ghanaian Jollof. Finish off with Moroccan mint tea and Greek baklava. I love food from all over so this is such a horrible question for me. I want to include soooo much more.
Which Cameroonian delicacies or dishes would you want the world to know about and why?
Fufu and Eru. If you’ve had it, you’d realize I don’t need to say more.
Any tips for any would be travellers out there?
Just Do it. I’m borrowing from Nike – but it’s really accurate.