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The Travel Questions You Asked And My Answers

We have just returned home from a whirlwind five-week tour of Europe. If you follow my Instagram stories you would have seen that we spent time in Prague, London, Scotland, and Amsterdam. Do you want to know the craziest thing? I really thought that when I was traveling I would be able to blog every other day. How naive I was. We were super busy meeting with family and friends, shopping and exploring our surroundings – oh, and working every day (can’t stop, won’t stop).

Here I am once again coming back to you with a promise to myself and to you to blog more frequently – after all, it is somewhat therapeutic for me to blog.

As I was preparing to write this blog post I thought to myself “what should I write about”? Then I remembered the questions that some of my Instagram followers sent me. A question and answer segment is a perfect way to kickstart my still jetlagged mind and hands.

What was the best moment of the trip? I can think of three things:

  1. Catching up with family and friends. For me, it had been ten plus years since I had been to Europe so it was fascinating to catch up with people and share some great times and immortalize the moments with photographs.
  2. I have followed the royals for years so visiting Buckingham palace was a special moment.
  3. My birthday too was magical – my husband made it one to remember in Amsterdam.

What was the funniest thing that happened? When went out for dinner at Nandos in Scotland and I was a little overzealous with the chili sauce and coleslaw. Long story short – I had to run to the toilet before heading home and endured a very stressful ride home concentrating on not soiling myself and embarrassing myself in front of family.

It certainly wasn’t funny at the time, but hilarious now!

Can you please share what you bought on your trip? This is an interesting question  – a lot of people assumed that I would go crazy shopping – but I practiced incredible restraint. In total, I bought 2 pairs of jeans, 1 black dress, I red coat, 4 wigs and some hair products. My main focus was on purchasing makeup – in Australia, we do not have makeup ranges for people of color like myself. Let’s just say I stocked up for the next two years. From all angles, I will be on fleek!

What did you miss from home? For me it was just space particularly, in the bathroom – I found European bathrooms small. I am of average weight and height and still felt claustrophobic in the bathrooms – imagine if you were bigger?

Of course, family and friends that I left back home – oh and my wardrobe!

Did you have a budget for the trip? We bought all of our tickets, arranged accommodation before we left Australia so the money we had was for shopping, food, and experiences. If I was to monetize the budget it was about 100 pounds a day.

What was the scariest moment? When we were heading back home we had accumulated so much luggage (hubby and bub). I was certain that we were going to have to pay for the excess luggage and I was dreading that moment. We were about 25 kilos over the allowed baggage weight. To my surprise, the kind lady at the counter checked us in and didn’t charge us anything. Praise be to God!

I am going to stop the Question and Answer segment right here because I want to keep the blog posts short and sharp. Everyone else who asked a question and it wasn’t answered here I will personally respond to you shortly.


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