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South Africa part 1: The flight

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.

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Back from South Africa

My God, my trip to South Africa was more than great. I am excited to share the pictures and stories that I have for all of you. After 24hrs of flying to and from South Africa, you have to agree with me that a bit of decompressing time is more than needed.

I will be back soon with everything that occurred!

13 days until I leave for South Africa

I can not contain my excitement about traveling to Cape Town  South Africa. It is crazy that in less than two weeks I will be making my first journey to Africa. I honestly never had traveling to the continent of Africa on my radar, so the fact that I am actually doing it is an amazing blessing. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts I am going to Cape Town for my sisters wedding but luckily for us we will still be able to do some touristy things. We are already locked in for a few dope activities including a hike of Table Mountain, a tour of Robben Island, and a hop on hop off bus tour of Capetown. Somewhere in there I will try to go to the beach too. And of course my sister has some wedding events that will be going on as well. Needless to say we will be very busy once we get to South Africa.

It has been freezing in Washington DC the last few days so getting a break from the cold weather will be nice. Right now is South Africas summer months so I will be able to bust out my summer gear for a week! I cant wait..I cant wait…I cant wait!

 

 

 

 

28

The day after Thanksgiving was my birthday and leading up to it I was filled with such excitement and joy. No, I wasn’t having a big birthday bash (which I never do because my friends are always out of town or with their family during Thanksgiving break) nor was I going on some special trip to celebrate. But what made me happiest about turning a year older was the fact that for the first time in my life I feel like my life is moving in the right direction, and as more time passes and the older I get, I am becoming the person that God has intended me to be. After I turned 24, I would always feel a sense of sadness and anxiety about getting older because I felt that I wasnt doing enough in my life. I would look at others and what they were doing and wish that it was me achieving more at that age. But now those feelings have been dispelled and I get filled with joy and excitement when I think about getting older and my future! I have been working on a few things that I know will make my life better and Im at the point where I just want to see the me two years from now when everything Ive been working towards come to pass.

The year between 27 and 28 has been such an amazing journey. I have had  friends and family members tell me how they have really been able to see a change in me and how proud they are of me for it. Who would have thought that a really bad break up, a crappy job and a new amazing boyfriend would have led me to have such an amazing year! A golden year at the age of 27! A year of exploration, finding myself, and finally feeling comfortable and confident in my own skin!

Im realizing now, that getting older isnt so bad if you have family and friends who love and support you. Just enjoy each part of the journey and always remember to strive to make each year GOLDEN!

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The man who made my 28th birthday special.

Dropping Baggage…so I could Travel

As 2016 comes to an end, I can honestly say that I have had one of the best years of my life. Was it less difficult than other years? No, But it was a tremendous year of growth, self discovery, and action. With all of these things came my desire to travel more, to be more open minded and more self assured. In the last year alone I have travelled to Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Raleigh and Trinidad and Tobago. I will also be traveling back to Dallas in the next few weeks and to South Africa in December. This is the most I have traveled in a span of one year.

Prior to this year I was totting around a lot of baggage and it made it impossible for me to do the things I wanted to do such as TRAVEL. From 2013 to 2015,  I was in a difficult relationship that added a massive amount of stress to my life and spiraled me into a deep depression that I did not even realize I was in. The person that I was with during those two years would use his words to break down my spirit, morale and confidence. I can’t even tell you the amount of times that he told me the that I was worthless, a horrible person and that no one but him liked me. All of these things that he said fell in to the category of him “Keeping it real”.

I was afraid to leave because I was living in a city where I knew no one except for him, his friends and his family (none of whom I liked or liked me). Some way, some how I was able to finally leave, find my own place to stay and then a month later move back home with a new job.

Part of the reason why I made it such a point to Travel More this year was because when I was in that relationship I wasn’t allowed to do anything that I wanted to do, go where I wanted to go, or discover the things I wanted to discover. As soon as I moved back home it literally felt like a weight was lifted off of my shoulders and although I had to start all over again, it felt absolutely amazing to not have that person as baggage in my life weighing me down.

The sites, the sounds, and the people that I have met this year while traveling has been amazing and so worth it. And don’t get me wrong, I am not bashing my ex or holding on to the past. What I am doing is sharing my story to encourage other young women who may be going through the same things I was going through.

I encourage anyone of you who is dealing with baggage to drop it and start living the life God has ordained for you.

Planning for a Wedding

Planning a wedding is hard…planning a wedding 8900 miles away from the location, is even harder.

As I said before, my sister is getting married in December and her wedding will be taking place in South Africa. She is currently in the Midwest doing her MBA so on top of being in school and trying to keep everything together, she is also planning her wedding.

When I was younger, I always envisioned me having a hand in the planning of my sisters wedding. Being there when she picked her dress, when she went to pick out floral arrangements and bridesmaids dresses…you know the whole shebang, but as life turned out that’s not how things were meant to be. Ever since my sister left to go to college at Stanford University at the age of 17 (I was 15 at the time), she and I have never lived in the same state (except for a 1 year stint I did in Dallas, Texas with her). So my dreams of being hands on in the planning of her wedding was just a dream that should have died many years ago lol.

Since I realized that I would not be able to help her with planning her wedding, I felt that as the maid of honor, I should try to help with something. So I am helping in the planning of her 30th/Bachelorette party that we are having for her next month.

As we did last year we are headed back to Dallas and have invited all of our friends to come with us. Last years festivities were amazing. We drank, we laughed, we danced and most importantly, WE ATE (Because if you dont know by now, Dallas has some bomb restaurants).

Fort King George



The final place that we visited while in Tobago was Fort King George. Fort King George was built in the 1780s. The country has done a great job of preserving this site and here you can still find old cannons, a prison, barracks and a bell tank. Although this tourist site has many historical artifacts that are present the thing that had us most at awe were the views. We were lucky enough to go to the fort right as the sun was setting and this was the best thing that I had ever been a witness to. Seeing the sun set and looking down at the whole island really made me realize how truly blessed I am to see some of the sights that I was able to see on that trip.