NEW YORK, NEW YORK
So the plan was to always travel again and even though I had a lovely time the few months I was back home, my mind was always on leaving again. However, before doing so there were a few exciting things I did before wrapping up my time at home, one of those included a trip to the Big Apple. So generally speaking I love New York, I mean I would never want to live there, but I love visiting. I was able to spend time with friends and family there in February (perhaps not the best month to go if like myself you are island blooded) and other than the weather I really enjoyed it. The first night I found myself at a lounge attending a Curly Nikki event, in the world of sistahs with natural hair she is it, lol. It was fun although women just walks up to other women telling them how much they love their hair. Very girly event, although a few smart guys who probably realized the ratio of guys to girls would be extremely favorable also attended. The rest of the time I met up with family, doing Times Square with one of my cousins and visiting my uncle’s new Jamaican restaurant with another cousin. The food was fantastic and like many island places had a little bar, with DJ and dominoes in the basement below.
DC, MY FAVORITE AMERICAN CITY
My last night in New York I went by an area by the Brooklyn Bridge looking across at the reflection of the lit skyline bouncing off of the water and miss Liberty in all her nocturnal glory across the way. It was beautiful, until we began running to the subway for shelter from the cold night rains. The next day I was off traveling by bus to what is now my favorite American city, Washington DC. This city to me ha a very European feel, mostly expressed through the architecture of so many of the buildings. Even though like before, I found myself in some less than desirable weather conditions and I don’t know if it was just that I wasn’t prepared well enough, but my hands and fingers were so cold they hurt. I kept my eyes squinted so not to expose the entire fragile eyeball to what felt like sub zero temperatures and also kept my scarf wrapped around my mouth and nose lest I breathe in that air directly and freeze my insides! In the midst of all this of course you see the random runner in shorts, whom I pitied, poor thing probably froze his brain cells and didn’t realize what he was doing!
THE NEXT GENERATION OF TRAVELERS
Nonetheless, there is no weather that can hide the beauty that is DC, although I could only imagine how much more beautiful it would have been in the spring adorned with thousands of cherry blossoms, definitely a trip worth taking. After my short time there I again returned to Florida, where I could once again bask in the heat embracing it like a long lost love. No dramatics, my fondness for tropical weather is really that intense. So when I returned I began to prepare for a presentation I was going to make to a class of fifth graders at a local elementary school. It was going to be based on my travels throughout Europe for the six months I was there. I was super excited about this not just because it was a topic that would have fascinated me as a child (and still does) but because I really wanted to inspire the spirit of adventure in these children, with only about 22% of Americans being passport holders, there definitely is a need for some travel inspiration. I absolutely had so much fun with those children the day that I went, we took a picture journey through the 16 countries I visited, with them following along on their maps and then wrapped up by giving them each postcards from one of the places I traveled to with personalized messages on them. The highlight of my day, one of the kids looking at me at the end saying “That was so cool!”
So now this all brings us to where I am now and what I am up to, well I ended up returning to New York but just for a short two days then boarding a flight to London for a seminar, where I spent five days then another flight to Greece. If you are on my instagram @Travelwithjodi of my Facebook then you already know this! So the adventures begin!