So sorry about the lag. I have been having a rough time with things and life is a bit crazy right now...but I'm here! Haven't been in the greatest mood but I am staying positive and keeping my head up. :)
Okay, first things first: I had such a great time in New Jersey and New York! I saw my mom, my best friends, and Trenton. I ate GREAT food and was so happy, the happiest I've been in a while.
Before coming to Botswana, I decided that I wouldn't go back to the states because of my Peace Corps budget. I kept going back and forth on whether I should dip into my savings but my decision to go back to the states was finally confirmed when one of my best friends said she was getting married! I wanted to be there to support her so of course I charged an airline ticket to my credit card and said I'd be there.
Since I'd be in New Jersey, Trenton and I decided to take that opportunity to hang in New York after the wedding events. That was such a blast. We decided not to do any tourist-y things since we'd both been there before and looked up different places that locals ate at and also ate at a great restaurant his brother recommended. The Little Owl was good but I didn't get to try the infamous bacon cheeseburger so I was sad! But everything else was tasty and we ended with the sweetest surprise to our meal: Trenton's parents called in beforehand and paid for everything! The server even relayed the message saying that the meal was gratís and a wish for safe travels back to Africa! Who needs dessert after that sweet gesture? Thank you so much Marty and Shelley! <3
Trenton surprised me with dinner at Per Se, which is one of the trendiest spots in town right now, and I felt the prettiest I've felt in 11 months! I forget what it feels like to dress up, go out, and pretend to be classy! haha This restaurant was sooooooo nice and super fancy. We ordered amazing tasting food with portions smaller than my palm and prices bigger than my wallet.
Here are some random pictures of New York: places we visited, things I saw, and solo adventures. Fun stuff.
On my way back home, I had a very long layover in London. I decided to take that opportunity to do more solo exploration and it was so exciting. Although I was only there for a day, I saw lots of things. Unfortunately I can't upload all (or even most) of the pictures because I am typing all of this on my cell phone but it was a fun adventure, believe me. There is something about traveling alone that is so exciting and exhilarating! I loved London for the short time I was there. It also helps that I got some good finds at H&M, met some really cool and nice people, ate some more Thai food, and got a free upgrade to a bigger seat and a row all to myself! (P.S. I LOVE Virgin Airlines)
So far I've been to these countries...
and soon...United Arab Emirates!
Stateside, I've been to these places...
•Cali (LA represent!)
...and I hope to visit many more!
Although some of you may be laughing at my short list, I am very proud it. It took me a lot to get to these places. I've worked my butt off and saved my money for most of these destinations and I only hope that my list continues to grow. And it will damn it! :)
So here's to more new experiences and destinations in the near future!