Godivaworld Travels, La vida Loca, Wanderlusting & Musings

GodivaWorldly Sights, Signs, and Structures!

As I was going through my pictures – a habit of mine from time to time when I’m daydreaming or planning, or organizing or reminiscing or really just because – I noticed something that I found quite interesting.  Now granted what’s interesting to me may NOT be interesting to others but I figured I’d share anyways!  R A N D O M  S I G N S!!!

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Now I’ll be the first to admit that I have missed some pretty cool photo ops for a sundries of reasons to include trying to take in EVERYTHING around me – visually – and being slow with my camera button.  Nevertheless, I have managed to amass a rather random collection of signs from around the world.  What signs you ask?  Well everything from touristy shots to some “oh that’s interesting” photos (one with a clear mispelling in Taiwan).

Travel with me.

Each of those adventures above were some really good times but collectively???  If I never go anywhere else I will be happy resting on the memories from those journeys.

Barbados was a really cool experience for a number of reasons.  1.  It was a celebration for a dear friend celebrating a milestone birthday.  2.  It’s the location for my very first Ziplining Adventure.  3.  It was the first part of an amazing 7 part journey that started in Puerto Rico.

The SKY dive Georgia was such an amazing adventure.  I talked alot of trash but really I was a teeny tiny bit scared yet excited all rolled up in one.

Not all my sights and signs feature me so check out these random sights and signts.

By far one of the funniest things I’ve seen while traveling has to be this sign in the airport in Taiwan that totally left me in stitches.

“PLEACE” enjoy this final installment in my “Sights, Signs, and Structures” post LOL.

As for the Krispy Kreme in Tokyo…….with “Hot Sign” on…….*hearts afire*!!!  I was literally just wandering the streets of Tokyo and spotted the familiar glow of the “Hot Sign” and took off in a sprint.  I was OVERJOYED!!!

Not sure how many other travelers are as cheesy but hopefully I’ve inspired others to look at the randomness around them for inspiration and conversation pieces.  Who knew these random photo ops would bring such entertainment??!!

~Travel well

 

La vida Loca

Congratulations to my 2015 HS Graduate

It is that season, for graduations and celebrations!  I stepped away from blogging just a bit to be fully present in the weekend’s event – my very own daughter’s High School Graduation at the Georgia Dome on Sunday, May 17th.

Pausing from my normal “Godivaworld Travels” programming to share my proud moment which is without question one of the proudest moments EVER!!!!

Hard to believe 17 years have passed but here we are!!  Wishing my daughter the absolute best that this great big world has to offer!

To all the 2015 Graduates – CONGRATULATIONS!!

Adventures, Mexico

Fun Friday – Parasailing in Playa del Carmen

T – G – I – F!!!!!  Not to mention somewhere, right this moment it’s 5 o’clock…..er uh cocktail time!!

Happy Friday to everyone!  In the spirit of the beautiful weather I’m currently experiencing, I wanted to share my sunshine and vibrant disposition in a post from an adventure in my notso distant past wherein I went parasailing while in Playa del Carmen.  Let me set the scene…..

While chillaxing on the beach in Playa del Carmen during a birthday celebration I gifted to my sister and my really good friend-like-sister for their twin birthdays (plus 2 others) last October, I was checking out the various activities from the comforts of my cabana and my refreshing cocktail.  Up above I see just a little dot of a thing and immediately thought “oooh that looks like fun” saying to myself “I need to sign up” so began my research.

As you can imagine, in this touristy area there was no shortage of “beach promoters” offering up everything from jet skis to boat rides to parasailing.  So no more than 5.256 seconds after thinking to myself how I wanted to go parasailing, I was walking up to one of the “promoters” to find out how.  After getting the process, cost, and availability of a single parasail I was internally stoked!  I tore up the sand to get back to my sister and ask if she could capture some images of me from the ground when it was my turn.

Now all I had to do was wait and hush the voices inside who were getting me so riled up and excited.

Then my time finally came and I was beyond excited!!  So my jet-ski arrived to take out to the boat from which I would take off from (or atleast that’s what I made up in my head because honestly I didn’t have a clue how this was gonna take place).

I arrived at the boat for takeout and said farewell to my jet-ski driver.  Once on the boat there was a family of 5 kinda staring at me which was weird but not weird, I’m a shapely dark-skinned woman with big eyes and full feature and wild hair – that day lol.  Well they were from Iowa somewhere and was curious as to whom I was taking to the skies with.  I replied, “no one, just me” and followed with my friends are here and there on the beach somewhere but I wanted to do this and they were chicken so I told them I’d see em later.  The family smiled and said “you go girl” and offered to take my pic as I was getting in position to lift off.  See the pic below.

So I was off……in this harness thingy watching the ocean drift farther and farther from me.  Now let me explain something.  This was before I ventured into the world of GoPro so I had with me my smartphone AND my regular Olympus Tough – Shockproof/Waterproof camera in hand, not strapped onto anything.  As I watched everyday beneath me get smaller and smaller I just kept thinking “if I drop this camera how will I get my pictures” not to mention trying to figure out how to keep my movements to a minimum as I positioned the phone then the camera for the best random shots.  Dammit mannn if I had my GoPro, this would’ve been amazing!!!  All things considered, I think I did pretty good holding on, steadying my hand and holding BOTH cameras.

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My eyes look HUUUUUUUGE lol!

From the beach, my adventure looked like this (courtesy of my sister)

So there you have it….me parasailing by myself while trying NOT to drop my camera and phone in the ocean or somehow disconnect myself from the harness.  All in all it was a superfantastic experience and one I hope to do again on one of my future journeys.

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What’s the craziest thing you’ve done mid-adventure?

~ Travel Well ~

 

Travel Inspirations, Wanderlusting & Musings

Magic Monday – Live to Dream….Dream to Live!!!

“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” ~ Samuel Johnson

dreams to life To dream is a splendid thing, but what good is dreaming if you don’t throw all you’ve got to make those dreams a reality?  This applies to everything in life (to include travel since this is a travel diary of sorts).

Too often we talk about what we would like to see, do, be but fail forget to apply action behind it. Talk is just talk, empty words for without ACTing there is no ACTION!  Now who wants a life of NO action?

I am often asked about my travels either from the perspective of how I choose one destination over another to how do choose accommodations without ever seeing a place in person.

I can honestly say, 99.99999% of most things in my life that have come to fruition all started with a dream, a vision, or desire of sorts.  My borderline Type-A, can do, 100% Capricorn mind takes over from there until voila, my dreams become reality in living color.

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”  Robert Louis Stevenson

So for the sake of it being the first Monday in May of 2015, let’s make today “MAGIC MONDAY” in that you think of, write down, text to yourself, or otherwise find an image of a place you’d love to visit and pretend you have a magic wand to step outside of yourself so you can visually see yourself in that place; the sights, the sounds, what you’re feeling.  If you’re serious and completely in the moment of this post, your dedication to dreaming in color then you will be reminded of this post and hopefully encouraged to begin planning for your ‘dream’ destination.

Magic Monday Challenge:  If money nor time were an object, WHERE would you go?

~ Travel Well ~

Godivaworld Travels, North America, U.S. of A

Viva Las Vegas

The city that never sleeps but when I tell you I was trying to outdo the city on the sleep-o-meter or the lack thereof….smh!  This was yet again another birthday celebration orchestrated by me for my dear friend back in 2010.  Might I add, it was also the year of Kim Kardashian as she was EVERYWHERE including hosting a party at TAO for her birthday the same time we were there.

Now I have been to Vegas a handful of times beginning in my youth during a cross country drive my family did (cross country as in from Florida to California where we dropped off our car to be shipped to Hawaii, our home for 3.5 years).  As the story goes, or atleast how my dad tells the story, we went into a convenience store and with a nickel I either found or took from the car, I put it in the machine and coins came out.  Yeah my dad loves telling that story even after ALLLLLL these years.

Back to the story.

Although I’ve been to Vegas a ton of times, I know that it is just one of those cities that is never quite the same from one day to the next in that there is debauchery and shenanigans to be had every single time.  Sign me up!

So it was a girlfriend’s birthday and given she’s not quite the avid traveler I am, I wanted her to do something special for her special day.  It was a small group, 3 to be exact, and really just the right amount of gals to have a good time yet not be overwhelmed by the estrogen in a small space lol!

DSCF6489I chose the Venetian Hotel for no particular reason however Vegas is the hotel capital of the world so there are plenty hotels to choose from in case you were wondering.  On second thought, the all-suite design played a big part in my decision when I think back (that estrogen overload minimizing thing I mentioned before).

Let me say, we were pleasantly pleased as it offered just the right amount of space for 3 gals to not trip over and bump all over each other….not to mention the bathroom could not have been better again for that same reason.

To that I say, “WELCOME TO LAVENDAR HILL” (a line from one of my favorite movies – Boomerang – don’t judge) as the late great Eartha Kitt uttered when she welcomed Eddie’s character Marcus to her home for a night of debauchery lol!

The birthday girl in black and our mutual friend in crime.

Not wanting to over-plan, so that we could enjoy the trip, we only planned a birthday dinner while leaving the rest of our time to just wander…..and wander we did.

We somehow thought we were going to be able to get into TAO for Kim Kardashian’s birthday bash (not that we’re fans but we figured heyyy there will most likely be lots of eye candy present) strictly for entertainment purposes.  That was a fail but we managed to find another equally as stimulating venue for which to dance the night away. And we did!

To say we didn’t have a good time would be an understatement.  The girls respected my need to roam and be free and indulge as I sometimes do.  The birthday girl was even able to see one of her high school friends who was living in Vegas at the time which made this trip even that much more special for her (I think)!

Vegas is known as a party city (Sin City by most) and definitely one that never sleeps but I gotta admit I like Vegas for the magic you feel while there, marveling at the massive hotels in all their grandeur, lady luck and just all the sights and delights!  So if you’ve NOT been to Vegas or just haven’t been in awhile I would definitely recommend it as it’s NOT the Vegas of days past (although make no mistake there’s plenty debauchery to be had after all it’s not called Sin City for nothing).  It is truly a place to feel like a kid again.

~ Travel well ~

 

Travel Inspirations, Travels Gone by, Wanderlusting & Musings

I haven’t been everywhere, but……

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True.  I haven’t been everywhere, however I must admit EVERYWHERE is pretty much on my list.  Now my friends and family love to joke and say “well where haven’t you been” lol!

It’s funny (to me) how some people upon hearing my adventures will sometimes make a ‘negative’ comment such as “why would you wanna go there” or “I wouldn’t go there” which always signals (to me) someone who is misinformed, closed-minded, or otherwise not a “traveler” in the true sense of the word.

With the exception of Antarctica, (1 of the 7 continents of which 5 I have stepped foot on…..see my “A Wanderlust Past“) there aren’t too many places that I would just turn my nose up to.  For me, nearly every destination is an opportunity to explore new territory and hopefully learn something new about the world and in the process myself.

If I was granted one wish, besides winning the largest Mega Millions lottery EVER and world peace, I would use my wish to give folks a more open mind to travel and exploring the world so they could see just how much it expands your entire being (and ultimately your perspective on the world and the people in it).  It’s like an awakening when you explore, not just ‘vacation’ but really explore and wander about in a foreign land (foreign as in – unfamiliar territory).

Go forth and explore or atleast start by dreaming of places to explore and you never know, the universe may just clear the path so that you can make it happen!!

~ Travel Well ~

Asia, Godivaworld Travels

A Bali Birthday!

It’s Sunday, January 5th and our journey to Bali began with the flight from LAX to the Asian hub in Taipei, Taiwan…a mere 10+ hour flight followed by the 6 hour flight to Bali from Taipei! This would be the first of about 7 flights for me during this journey for my 40th birthday.

 

The Arrival – Day 1 (January 7th)

As Bali is 16 hours ahead of LAX (our departure location), we left on Sunday and arrived on Tuesday, January 7th local time.  First, was the shock as we emerged from a long line in customs to what felt like 900 smoldering degrees outside.  There were a sea of drivers with cards of names in which I was trying my best to search through for my own name.  I was slightly overwhelmed to say the least but eventually found the driver with my name.  After telling the 2 drivers that it would just be us vs the 6+ that were anticipated, we piled into the air conditioned vehicle ready to start our adventure.

First thing we noticed were all the scooters, motorbikes on the road not to mention the driving being totally opposite of that in the Western world.  Our driver – Gusti took us to a little restaurant enroute to our villa which was our first intro to Bali.

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So when I first started planning and even before I chose Bali, I knew that I wanted to rent a villa just to add to this once in a lifetime experience and intro to 40.  Let me say, this villa did NOT disappoint!  It was just what I envisioned and then some.  It would have been the perfect accommodation for the larger group that originally planned to partake in this journey.  It was a 3000+ sq ft 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom, living room, kitchen, private pool villa in South Kuta, Bali (Indonesia).  The pictures really don’t do it justice as you would probably think it’s the entire property but really it’s an individual villa (#104 was our Villa #), spacious and uber private.

Before the trip I came across the spa packages, all of which were to DIE for which included a 6-day Body Purification that was the equivalent to the cost of 1 spa treatment here in the US.  Of course I had to snag that for us as my way of saying thanks….and it was pure HEAVEN each and every day.  By the 3rd day though it was just too much so we opted not to do our 2 sessions that day as we were (believe it or not) “massaged-out” lol!  Did I tell you the showers were outside?  It was the most liberating thing EVER….once I got past the idea of bugs and snakes trying to snack on my nekkedness lol!

In and around Bali

So I left the schedule kinda open to ensure I didn’t wear myself out which I tend to do alot when I travel, however I did have a few things in mind that I either wanted to do or see to include both a temple or 2 and riding the elephants – both of which we were able to accomplish.  The first couple days were more or less just exploring and figuring things out.  The only constant was probably our appetite and my cocktail intake which after all it was a Sssselebration lol!  We were ready to eat even before we finished the meal we were eating which made us crack up each and every time. Because the language was totally foreign to us, we also found comedy in randomly calling out food when someone spoke in their native tongue…..then again we were always talking bout, looking for, ordering, and partaking in food.  Indonesian food put you in mind of Thai cuisines, lots of rices and spices.  The local beer and alcohol was “Bintang” and “Arak” respectfully however I traveled with my own favorite – “Ciroc” peach and regular lol!

Transportation was interesting and thankfully the villa provided a driver which was really convenient for us not to mention he was soooo friendly and cool!  Given the 200+ million people in Indonesia and 4 + million in Bali alone, it’s no wonder that the major transportation method was scooters/motorbikes and they were EVERYWHERE!  I believe I died every time we went somewhere because these bikes were all over the road with babies, 2 and 3 people on one, helmets no helmets, dodging in between cars etc.  I just had to close my eyes a few times while saying “I’m bout to die” which of course didn’t happen lol!

My BIRTHDAY!!!!!! January 9th came in and brought with it a lil present by way of a lil cold but I was NOT going to allow a little bit of a cold to in any wreck my special day.  On this day, I went to the Bali Zoo and did an elephant adventure; we went to see Uluwatu Temple – Kecak Dance which was pretty spectacular; finally ending with my Jimbaran Bay Seafood Birthday dinner on the beach.  Lucky for me, with the 12 hour difference I was able to not only celebrate my milestone birthday in a major way but to recognize it TWICE – Bali time and 12 hours later U.S ET.

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All in all I’d say we did what we wanted, played tourist, relaxed, ate, turned up a little, and over all had a fantastic time.