black, bold and beautiful

Black, Bold and Beautiful

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:14 NIV) We, black women live in a world that tries to define our worth: you’re skin is too dark so you’re not beautiful you’re too fat, thick, fluffy etc. so you’re not beautiful you’re…

Tipping while travelling

Tipping while Travelling is Confusing

Why is tipping while travelling so confusing? To many of you this is a straightforward thing and to those of us fumbling with our wallets you may look on and think cheapo. I for one am always confused when I have to decide how much to tip someone. Like, so, I take a taxi from…

no air conditioning in Europe

Shocker! No Air Conditioning in Europe!

Today is terribly hot and humid in Tokyo. I am having flashbacks of the very rude awakening I had in Europe (2013). I am still in a state of disbelief that several lodgings in some big cities don’t have air conditioning. The Hotel in Rome It was the heart of summer when I landed and…

Trip planning

The Thrill of Trip Planning

I was chatting to a friend recently and she was terribly surprised to find out that I plan some trips as early as a year in advance (trip planning on 100). She was looking at me like I was an alien LOL!. I guess I am a bit much in that regard but I take…