“So much to say but for now I will just say thank you to this entire community for all of your support,” she wrote on Instagram. “This was our journey and thanks to all of you who came along for the ride!!”

Still, as aspirational as Nabongo’s feat may seem—and as enviable as her Instagram feed, cleverly named @thecatchmeifyoucan looks—as she told ABC, like most of our lives, the visuals are “a fraction of my life. There’s a lot of really shitty things that go on behind the scenes.”


And yes, that means that despite her tremendous and history-making accomplishment, there are places Nabongo has no desire to return to, like the Eastern European country Moldova, or others where she wasn’t received warmly. Still, when asked what countries were safest for black women, in particular, to travel, she was frank:

“If you can survive moving around the United States of America, I assure you, you can survive nearly any other place on Earth.”