As I mentioned before, I didn’t get the chance to post as much as I would have liked to in the last year, and I am hoping to get better this year. Last year I was fortunate enough to travel out of the country twice, and one of those places being Trinidad. If you have read my other blogs then you know that Trinidad is a place I travel to on a yearly basis due to my whole family still living there. So of course I had to go again in 2018 to see my family and decompress from my first year within the MBA program. I actually went twice last year, and these are those pics from my fun!
In the last few months, I have not been the best at posting what I am living through. The reasons being that being in an MBA program is extremely difficult and hectic so as much as I want to post every little experience, I just can’t. I wanted to take the time to post some of my favorite travel moments that occurred in 2018 starting with Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
I moved to Chicago May 27, and I have been adjusting to the dynamics of this new city.
I moved here knowing one person, and not really knowing much about Chicago outside of what Ive seen in the news. But nonetheless I was excited about this new adventure and how I would adjust.
The last time I moved to a new city where I only knew one person, I was miserable. Mostly due to the space I was in during that time period. I was 24, and in a bad space. Like many in their early 20s my focus was all wrong and I never looked at things from a positive lenses.
I knew that my move to Chicago wouldn’t be the same for several reasons, but mostly because of my mentality, maturity, and tenacity. I have also become very content being alone, watching Netflix’s, reading and praying. Because I’ve found this inner peace and happiness. I knew moving to Chicago would be a breeze.
I am six weeks in and I have to say this city has grown on me. I currently live on the North side of the city in the most affluent area of Chicago. Not knowing anything about Chicago I had no idea of the socioeconomic status of my current place of residency. Everything was mostly based off of convenience and access to my specific housing requirements. The view from my apartment is amazing and I can see the lake and the Sears Tower. Every Wednesday and Saturday there are fireworks from the lake, which is a nice little bonus. Everything in my neighborhood is clean, safe and within walking distance.
I have also developed a small friends circle with people who are also MBA interns living in Chicago for the summer. This actually surprised me the most as I historically have shied away from making bonds with new people due to my anxieties and trust issues.
I have six more weeks left here and I intend to really enjoy every moment of it. I am so GRATEFUL to God allowing me this opportunity to move to a new city by myself and really push myself to flourish!
Prior to heading to Cape Town, South Africa I had to get myself mentally prepared for the flight there. The flight is not for the faint of hearts, and if flying isn’t your thing, this trip can be difficult. The total time of travel was 24 hours. My boyfriend accompanied me on this trip and I don’t think that I would have been able to do that long trip by myself.
The itinerary that we had, had two parts. The first being a 14.5 hour flight from Washington DC to Dubai, and then a 9.5 hour flight from Dubai to Cape Town. While traveling to South Africa, we had to spend an extra hour in Dubai’s air space due to fog that delayed all flights from landing and taking off. Luckily for us we did not miss our connecting flight as many other people did.
We flew Economy Class on Emirates. This was my first time flying with Emirates and I must say that even in Economy class on this airline I felt extremely comfortable. As soon as we were in the air the flight attendants gave each person a pouch that included a sleep mask, a tooth brush, toothpaste and socks. Each passenger has a tv screen on the back of their seats and this allows passengers to stayed entertained while in the air. There is a plethora of movies, radio stations, and tv series to choose from. About an hour and a half into the flight we were fed lunch. I had the lamb, and I swear this was the best meal that Ive had on an airplane. A few hours after that we were fed a “snack” which was a small, one person, cheese pizza. Then a few hours after that we were fed breakfast. Alcoholic beverages were also included with meals. Needless to say between DC to Dubai, we were fed very heavily. The same occurred on our flight from Dubai to Cape Town.
In all the flight wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. There wasn’t much turbulence and all the flight attendants were very accommodating. After our flight was over it was almost as though I was sad to get off of the plane because it was so comfortable.
Our last full day we were in Tobago we ventured out to Argyle Waterfall. Argyle Waterfall is about an hour away from where we were staying. As we drove to the waterfall we passed some of the most beautiful views that I’ve ever seen in my life. Driving along the coast for about 60% of the trip my boyfriend and I were wowed by the beauty we witnessed.
Once we reached the attraction we had to pay about $60TT dollars to be admitted into the attraction. From the entrance to the main waterfall it takes about 15 minutes or less to walk. As you get closer and closer to the waterfall it become more difficult to walk as you have to walk up and down slippery rocks and moist leaves to get to the waterfall.
The first and main waterfall isn’t all that there is to it. Once you arrive to this point there’s an option to climb the waterfall and go up to the several other levels, pools and waterfalls that are higher up on the mountain. Being that I was not confident enough with my mountain climbing skills I elected to stay at the bottom as my cousins and boyfriend made their way to the top.
As my boyfriend began climbing, one of my cousins kicked off his shoes and told him that climbing the waterfall would be easier without shoes. Apparently if you have “American Feet” and you are not used to walking around outside barefooted this is not the right move. My boyfriend climbed the whole waterfall barefooted and in pain. This made for many laughs after the fact but he learned his lesson.
Although we didn’t get the chance to do or see a lot of things that I would I have wanted my boyfriend to experience, we did get the chance to go to one of my favorite places in Trinidad and that is Maracas Bay. People have their critique about Maracas and I know many people in my family are probably tired of it but for some reason no matter how many times I come to Trinidad I always try to go to Maracas. I am always told that there are way better beaches in Trinidad but for some reason this is the place I love the most. When I am there I am flooded with so many memories of grandparents, and my youth.
*view of Port of Spain
The views driving to Maracas beach are amazing. We were able to stop and take some pictures at a “lookout” of Port of Spain (the capital city). I can’t recall ever stopping there in any of my visits to Trinidad, so seeing the whole city in that manner was a true treat for me. After leaving the lookout we proceeded to Maracas bay where we were able to stop at another lookout before getting to the actual beach. The views of Maracas are breathtaking, but one thing that Maracas is known for is bake and shark. Bake and shark consists of a piece of bread like substance that is fried and a piece of fried shark. After getting the bake and shark you would then dress it with a number of different sauces and veggies. Bake and shark shacks are all over Maracas beach, but the most famous shack is one that was featured on Andrew Zimmerman’s Food Network show Bizarre Foods. This shack is called Richards Bake and Shark. We were in a very large group (as some people in our group had never been to Trinidad) so we made it a point to go to this shack. As I had mentioned before I have not been to Trinidad in five years so making sure that I go to as many places as I could was important to me but going to Richards was quite disappointing. I’m guessing since they have gotten some notoriety from the tv show they have had to produce at a higher rate daily and this has brought down the quality. Other people in our group really enjoyed it, as it was their first time eating it but I took two bites from my sandwich and was done with it. My boyfriend was completely unimpressed by the bake and shark as well lol. But the trip was still a good trip as we were able to see some extremely beautiful views exclusive to Trinidad.
My boyfriend admitted to me yesterday that he googled Trinidad and to his surprise Trinidad was right off the coast of South America. I have told him the location of Trinidad before and when ever I tell people where Trinidad is I always tell them that it is right off of the coast of Venezuela. Literally right off the coast…. You can actually see Venezuela from Trinidad and vice versa. Venezuelans migrate to Trinidad, and Trinidadians migrate to Venezuela (my great-grandmother being one of those people who actually moved to Venezuela to live). I have heard many different things about the actual distance from the closest point of Trinidad to Venezuela. Ive heard any where from 3 to 9 miles. I don’t know why but I was having a hard time finding this information on google. Either way, what I do know is that, Trinidad is was closer to Venezuela than it is to Tobago and any other Caribbean nation. And, the fact that my boyfriend was perplexed as to why its considered part of the caribbean and not part of South America is a valid reason to be confused lol.