Who Is Amina? Who Am I?

Let me start atypically.

I am an avid traveller, a passionate educator and a woman with a deep love for happiness. I am simultaneously a Londoner whilst also being a proud tourist of the world. My ethnic background lies in the heart of Ethiopia, from a small UNESCO Heritage town called Harar.

Academically, I recently graduated with a PhD from UCL in Cell and Cancer Biology research.  To be more precise and technical, I look at the structure of the cell and how proteins develop to allow a cell to move and divide as normal. Hope that was Layman enough to be understood!

My name is Amina and the name IAMINAPLACE was coined by a good friend  in my laboratory during a very random brainstorming session. I’d love to take all credit for the name, but no, unfortunately I was not the clever one who came up with it. Due to the nature of my research, I travel to scientific conferences and for some collaborative work.

Why did I start blogging?

Aside from the academic side of travelling, I am naturally an explorer. I was born in London and have lived here all my life. Living in London has its advantage in that I can move around the globe pretty quickly and flexibly. I have really taken advantage of this in the past few years and have recently decided to document my travels with the aim to inspire, educate and share my fun journeys with others that may be interested in what the world has to offer us. I also like to step away from the world of doctoral level science where it is very easy to be engulfed, emulsified, and incapsulated.

Why follow me?

I am pretty varied in the content that I offer – from travel advice to London events and even to food and other aspects of life. Travelling , for me, isn’t just internationally; it includes travel and adventure within London. I try to find out when exciting events are taking place, and share that information with YOU to suggest the best views or locations based on my experience. Do subscribe if you wish to join me on my journeys and find out more through my images and recommendations.

For collaborations, please e-mail: iaminaplace@gmail.com

“Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport”

-A Y-


  • Abubakar M. Garba

    Nice blog! I really enjoyed reading. It’s works like this that gives me hope in this very chaotic world of our, how young people can be naturally altruistic and expressive in the form of art. Anyways, writing is not my strongest suit but I just wanted to say that I find you inspiring and would like to offer you a platform to inspire more people if you are interested, I am organising a student driven TEDx conference at my university and looking for speakers if you’re interested please let me know and I’ll give you more details.

    Thank You for your attention and I’m looking forward to hearing from You

  • Abrar

    Hey Amina, I am in love with your vlogs, especially the ones in Ethiopia. I was born in Saudi Arabia and I have never the chance to visit Africa also we are not sure if we have family there. Anyway, I found your
    vlogs because I was looking for people doing a PhD in biomedical sciences. I learn a lot about pursuing a phD degree and the vlogs were really helpful.
    The blog girl !
    I was SURPRISED how amazing looks. You did great 🙂 ماشاـءالله

    Thanks for your positive vibes and Keep up with the b/vlogs.

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