A visit to Kyoto, Japan would be incomplete without visiting the very colorful Fushimi Inari, located in the South East area of Kyoto. Over the years, this shrine has become a must visit destination not just for the Japanese (the shrine is featured in some popular comics), but also for tourists thanks to movies like “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Samsara”. I just wanted to see some of the 10,000 torii gates in the complex.
The latest Podcast with Expats episode features Nicole Brewer, a very dynamic woman constantly on the go. Nicole is an expat currently living in Oman, and has been there for the past 3 years. Prior to that, she was living in South Korea. She is an English teacher by profession during the day, and a burgeoning entrepreneur the rest of the time. This episode discusses life and expat living in the Arabian Peninsula.
If someone had told me l would like another place in America as much as l like Los Angeles, l would have laughed. “Not possible” would have been my answer. I would have had to eat my words though as we both really, really liked Miami. We had never been, so it seemed like a good idea to spend some time there after our cruise to the Dominican Republic. Federico had a photo shoot scheduled during the week, so we figured we might as well discover more of this breezy city.
I still miss my father. Everyday. I rarely talk about my loss to people. He died almost 21 years ago at the age of 72. It’s hard for me to believe that so much time has passed. The memory of his death is still so vivid in my mind. I thought he was invincible. He ate right, didn’t smoke, exercised and had the biggest heart ever, almost to a fault. It would take him and my mum 5 full days to finish one bottle of Guinness. One phone call at work shattered my world. My father had suddenly started bleeding about 3 weeks prior. They were unable to treat him in Nigeria. It was ultimately colon cancer. Even though the doctors suspected it, they had no equipment to make a proper diagnosis. The decision was made to transfer his care to a London hospital. Unfortunately, a visa was only granted to my mother. My siblings were all refused visas. One of the curses of having a third world passport is that you are often denied entry to the first world countries. They just assume that people will go and never return. I still get pissed when people say “anyone can travel”. He was packed with ice and put on a plane.
Foodies Cruise – My excitement about the cruise we took on the good ship Adonia to the Dominican Republic last week caused me to forget images of food consumed. Shame on me! 😉 . I am still a bit jet-lagged from our trip. It wouldn’t have been so bad as there is only a 6 hour time difference between Miami and Seville. Unfortunately, we ended up staying up for over 36 hours straight thanks to a missed connection in Madrid. Our connecting flight was moved up by 25 minutes! The one hour window we had originally was already cutting it close. Needless to say, it was a royal rumble with Iberia airlines as they tried to shift the blame and demanded an extra $360!!!