Travel Diaries: Epcot, Disney World Florida

Travel Diaries: Epcot, Disney World Florida

Last year, I visited Disney’s Animal Kingdom on my 21st birthday and I had an absolute blast. This year, I wanted to visit a Disney park that I haven’t been to in almost 14 years:  Epcot! Epcot is one of Disney world’s six theme parks. The theme of Epcot is not as obvious as Animal Kingdom or Magic Kingdom but it all ties together nicely. Epcot is used to display modern innovations as well as world nations and their exhibitions.

Epcot has several pavilions dedicated to specific countries. The buildings, stores and restaurants in each pavilion are very reminiscent of each country. In Morocco, there’s a Souk selling traditional Moroccan outfits and a restaurant with belly dancers. In Japan, there are traditional restaurants, buildings and live Taiko performers in the street.

The same thing can be seen in “United Kingdom”, where there are Fish and Chip shops, english pubs and phone booths everywhere. In France, there’s a mock Eiffel tower and several French luxury designer shops like Coco Chanel, Yves St Laurent and others.

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My favourite country to “visit” was Mexico because they had a whole building dedicated to the movie “Coco” and the Mexican holiday The Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos). I absolutely LOVED Coco so I was pleasantly surprised to find it at Disney!

There’s also super futuristic rides at Epcot like Spaceship Earth, which is a simulator thrill ride depicting flying into space. For extra science-ey talk, the G-force simulated on spaceship earth is 2.5G, which is more than twice the force of gravity on earth, essentially this means the rider’s weight is multiplied by 2.5. I felt like shit after this ride and I was dizzy for several hours. It’s not for the faint hearted, but the adrenaline rush is something else and that made it super fun. Will I do it again? Probably!

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I also did several other fun rides like Test Track, which is a fast paced, simulation ride of a Chevrolet concept car. I watched a Guardians Of The Galaxy musical in the American Pavilion a Frozen ride at the Norway Pavilion where I had a delicious pretzel for the first time!

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Speaking of food, in every World Pavilion, there are several restaurants serving the native food of each country. But for some strange reason, I was craving a burger that day and just decided to eat at a general space-themed restaurant. It was delicious!

I’m really glad I visited Epcot because the last time I was here I was 7/8 years old. Epcot is a beautiful park that should be on your list if you want to visit a Disney theme park besides Magic Kingdom! Thanks for reading!

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The 5 Places I Want To Visit Before I’m 50

I thought it would be nice to do a little travel chit-chat post on my blog today! I love traveling to new places because I get to explore different cultures, try new foods and experience the history of a city.

As I said in my Travel Tag, I have been fortunate to be able to travel to so many fun places in the past few years. But there’s so many more places I want to visit soon for each of their own reasons. Here they are!

1. ITALY

Italy is one of my top countries to visit in Europe. I just love the architecture of its cities and how it is filled with history. There are three main places I would love to visit in Italy:

ROME

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Rome is a top destination for me. There are lots of structures that were built in the Roman Empire that I would like to see in person. One of these places in particular is the Colosseum. It’s so beautiful!

I would also love to visit The Vatican and it’s museum because as you may know, I’m obsessed with museums. I would love to enter the churches and admire its beauty in person.

VENICE

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As I also said in my Travel Tag post, Venice has a history with my parents because they took one of their first “baecations” there.

They wanted to go back for a “memories” baecation recently and I was just sat there screaming “TAKE ME WITH YOU!”. Of course they said no lol. But hey, I tried!

I think Venice is a beautiful city on water and I would love to cruise along the canals, stay in a hotel there and just relax.

 

SICILY

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My father recommended this city to me because he said It was one of the cities in Italy he enjoyed the most. He said there’s something about the vibes in Sicily that is unlike any other place he has been too.

Sicily is mostly known as the place in Italy where Mafia’s originated from. I think it would be a beautiful city to be wined and dined, explore nature and just relax.

2. GREECE

I don’t know much about Greece to be honest. It’s a really low key country. But I am drawn to visit here and experience the city because it’s beautiful!

ATHENS

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Athens is known for its historical landmarks and it will be interesting visit these landmarks to see how people lived over 3000 years ago. Very hard to believe life existed before the 1800’s so it would be nice to see it up close.

 

SANTORINI

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I love this island! The blue waters, the clear skies and the houses on the hill all make me want to visit here. It’s the perfect relaxation holiday destination. I’m already thinking of the Instagram worthy photos I would take.

 

3. Las Vegas – USA

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Sin City! When I think of Las Vegas now the only thing I think of is UFC. Is it weird that it’s my main motivation for visiting there?

My love for UFC has reached a cult like status so I would love to go to Las Vegas, buy a ticket for a UFC fight and watch it live. I would also like to visit some casinos but I’m not big on gambling so it will not be my main focus.

Las Vegas also has extravagant broadway type shows like Cirque Du Soleil and singers in Ceasers Palace so booking a ticket for one of these shows is a must!

4. Arizona – USA

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Now I’m not an outdoorsy person so I don’t even know why this is on my list. But The Grand Canyon is a place that I think should be visited at least once in a lifetime. I love Natural wonders so it’s something I think I would enjoy.

5. New York – USA

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The concrete jungle! I have been to New York before but it is a place that I want to visit again. New York is unlike any place I have ever been to in the world.

I particularly want to visit the Statue of Liberty because I didn’t get to last time. It was closed for reconstruction sadly. Can you enter the torch? I would really want to stand there!

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I also want to see another Broadway show live. The first Broadway show I ever went to was The Phantom Of The Opera and it was nothing short of amazing. The next show on my list is The Lion King!

If possible, I would also like to visit Niagara Falls because, natural wonder. Lool


That is it for my list! I have many other places I would love to like Egypt and Tokyo but these are the places I see myself going to sooner rather than later.

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Is there any place you would like to visit soon?

Dubai, City Of Gold: Visiting The Gold Souk

Dubai, City Of Gold: Visiting The Gold Souk

Although I visited the Gold Souk almost daily with my mother, I didn’t actually realise that I should blog such an interesting place until the last day we went there. So criminal! A market is called a “Souk” in Dubai. So a gold souk is a market that sells gold! The Gold Souk in Dubai is a long street consisting of hundreds of shops left and right which sell gold, diamonds and other precious stones and metals. Even if you plan to not buy gold when you go to Dubai, you should definitely visit the Gold Souk.

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Outside is usually hot in Dubai but there is an ample amount of shade on the streets to prevent sunburns and excess heat. The inside of the shops are just absolutely breathtaking. There are different varieties of gold that come in shapes, sizes and thickness. Gold is sold by weight and although Gold is relatively cheap in Dubai, you will have to haggle to get the desired price you want. In true African mother fashion, my mother haggled gold prices that were originally advertised as $45 per gram and got them down to $38 per gram! I don’t know how to haggle for the life of me so I just watched in awe. The craziest haggling I experienced was when they told my mother that they would clean all her gold for $600. By the time the conversation was done, my mother was paying $200. I don’t know how it happened. She is superhuman.

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Gold is a pretty hefty investment, so when I saw some elaborate gold on display in the shops like the one above I just wondered to myself who is the person that will buy this massive, intricately designed, heavy gold? Can they adopt me? Are they taking job applications? Just kidding. Not really.

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In addition, we also got invited upstairs to the room where they clean and design the gold! It was behind a hidden door in the store that acted like a shelf for the jewellery. We climbed up the stairs and entered a room where there was a line of people hard at work cleaning, designing and repairing the jewellery. It was a stark contrast from downstairs which is kept at an impeccable standard. This room was gritty and showed signs of wear and tear. It’s interesting how beautiful things are made in very unlikely places.

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That is my experience at the Gold Souk! It’s a really awesome place and I bought my first gold item! It’s a really cute bracelet and I am very happy with my purchase. Every time I wash my hands and I am wearing this bracelet, I always giggle to myself because I know it can never fade once it touches water. The concept blows my mind. Lol don’t judge me.

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Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post!

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DUBAI: My Desert Safari Experience

DUBAI: My Desert Safari Experience

The Desert Safari is a popular tourist activity in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. My Desert Safari included 3 activities; Desert Dune Bashing, a Camel ride and and a BBQ dinner with a desert camp experience. I booked through Golden Treasure Tourism which did my visa, tourism activities, air ticketing and hotel bookings. To begin the day, a driver picked us up from the hotel with a group of 4 other people and drove us to the desert.  Before I travelled to Dubai, my travel agent had told my mother that sand dune bashing is very scary and if she doesn’t want to have a heart attack she shouldn’t do it because it’s similar to a roller coaster ride. Because of this, when it was almost time for dune bashing, my mother told the driver that she didn’t want to drive on the “fast car” but she wants to come down from the car and drive on the “slow one”. This got lots of protests from the second group. Unbeknownst to her, the slow one didn’t exist.

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The driver just completely ignored her, smiled, turned on the car and proceeded to give us the wildest ride of our lives.  I have never been driven so fast in my life! I have also never screamed so loud in my life either! The car was tilting and swerving at a 45 degree angle over steep sand cliffs while we were bouncing and holding on for dear life. I literally thought the car was going to topple over and have an accident. The driver later told me that the second group had paid him to drive extra fast and that was why he was the most extreme dune basher among all the other drivers! But he was such a nice soul who took good care of us and I became good friends with him later.

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Although it was so scary at first, I started to have so much fun! The adrenaline was coursing through my veins and I started laughing and taking videos. There is also nothing like a seemingly near death experience to bond everyone in the car. I and the other group soon became fast friends and I learnt a lot about Dubai, camels and the Afghan culture from them.

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After dune bashing it was time for the camel ride! Camels are beautiful, tall and calm creatures. It is pretty easy to get on a camel but when it is getting up you can easily fall over so hold on tight!

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The next activity was the desert camp experience! There are so many things to do like henna, trying on traditional Arabian clothing, sand art and eagle handling. I tried everything but the eagle handling because there wasn’t enough time. The entertainment included a belly dancer, an illusionist spinning-type dancer, and a fire breather. The food was also pretty good. There was BBQ chicken, beef, rice and lots of salad and bread. I had a lot of fun!

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Most days are rarely perfect. I think the day of my Desert Safari was perfect and it is easily one of the top three experiences of my life. I loved every single thing about this experience, the people I met, the new things I tried and I am so happy I got to experience it with my mother. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed my post!

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Dubai: At The Top, Burj Khalifa

Dubai: At The Top, Burj Khalifa

I have a love for visiting the worlds largest things so it was impossible for me to visit Dubai without seeing the worlds tallest building, Burj Khalifa. Standing tall at a whopping 828m with over 160 floors, it is a truly unique building. When you drive around Dubai, Burj Khalifa is one of the first buildings you recognise because it is so tall and it towers over everything. No matter where I was, I could always spot this building, be it at the hotel, the market or the mall.

I read that it is better to book viewing tickets online than buy upfront because it is cheaper and quicker to move through the line. I ordered my tickets from atthetop.ae for the 5:30 viewing. However, the best time to visit Burj Khalifa is around 6:30 pm because that is when the sun is setting and the view is amazing then. Because of this, 6:30pm slots where fully booked for 2 days! so try to think about that before you book in advance.

Getting up to the top was surprisingly very quick, Burj Khalifa has the third fastest elevator in the world. The floors where moving like seconds and you couldn’t notice that you were so high up in air. We quickly got up to the observation deck and the view was amazing! There was also a little area after where I got to see the history of Burj Khalifa’s making and the people behind it. It was awesome.

Unfortunately I couldn’t get a picture of the building from the outside because you go through Dubai Mall to enter the building but here are some of the pictures I took!

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LONDON: Visiting The Victoria And Albert Museum

LONDON: Visiting The Victoria And Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert museum is the worlds largest museum of art and decorative design and the 7th largest art museum in the world. It is located in South Kensington and houses a collection of art spanning over 5000 years! It is pretty impressive.

To be honest I was not really looking forward to going to this museum. Art history bores me to death and I really wanted to go to a contemporary art museum but I actually had a pretty good time here!

Some of the pieces that really stuck out to me where the religious altar pieces. They were absolutely breathtaking and they all told a story of either Jesus or a Saint. My favourite altar piece was this gold-like wooden structure that depicted the story of Jesus. It was very intricate. The man who carved the alter piece even carved himself kneeling at Jesus’s feet. Almost all the alter pieces were either made in the 14th or 15th century! That is amazing!

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These artists really had no chill for Jesus when it came to their art….

I also saw some cool Japanese contemporary art, war equipments, buddhist sculptures and a vast collection of paintings and architecture which was really fun to look at. This museum is not a place you can see in a day. I know I said the exact same thing about my visit to the Natural History Museum but this is a thousand times worse. Its HUGE-ER!

Anyways I hope you enjoy the pictures of my visit and I’ll see you soon!