I love the west coast, the weather, the culture, the food. Every time I visit I get a better feel for what life is like there, but I have a lot more to experience. Look out for part two of Diverse Dinners does the west coast in the not too distant future.
During my most recent visits, I explored San Francisco, LA and San Diego.
Winter and spring has been grim for me, mostly due to the fact that I was unable to travel. January to April was a very busy time which has kept me tied to NY during the worst weather months. Needless to say, I was eager to grab an opportunity to get out of dodge. I booked a trip to Montego Bay and within two weeks, I heard the welcome phrase “Jamaica no problem”, and was basking in the Caribbean sea, and enjoying views such as this.
Miami Caribbean Carnival was so much fun again this year. I try to go every year to shake up my behind to the latest soca music, bask in the Florida sunshine and enjoy the traditional Caribbean food on offer.
Note to self:when traveling and blogging, make sure the wi-fi in the hotel provides enough bandwidth to allow you to do what is required!
Last week, I had great plans to add to my blog while in Miami for the 2015 Caribbean Carnival. I had some well thought out posts to create, all I needed was a comfortable room with a balcony and a view.
I thought this weekend would be one where I would need to take shelter from the adverse weather conditions, but thankfully, hurricane Joaquin is not a direct threat to the US. Sadly, it has hit parts of the Bahamas, and my thoughts are with those struggling to cope with the hurricane’s effects.
The weather at the beginning of the week was great – sun-filled days in the seventies. But as the week moved along the temperature dropped and the sun was replaced with cloud and rain.
Unfortunately, I had to travel to Boston as the weather turned. I took the Delta Shuttle from La Guardia to Logan, and oh my, that was a bumpy ride. The flight crew warned us that we would have to stay in our seats for the entire flight and asked that we use the bathroom before we take off rather than during the flight. The flight attendant, sped down the aisle and offered us bagels, but who could eat?! We took of, everything was good at first until we hit turbulence. I prayed a little and squeezed my eyes shut and didn’t open them again until we were safely on the ground.
I was so glad to be on the ground that I felt compelled to take a pic to celebrate and share. You will notice that its difficult to determine where the sky ends and the ground starts. Our flight did a great job in landing our plane in Boston safely.
My flight wasn’t too bad compared to others I spoke with some who were on a flight where passengers started to scream once they hit turbulence. Another group were almost on ground until their landing was aborted. Their plane was caught in the jet stream of another plane which had already landed. This caused the wings of their plane to dip rapidly, first on the left, then on the right. Yikes!
I’m back! Did you notice that I was gone?! Diverse Dinners was on a hiatus.
I have been indulging in my other passion, traveling, and boy did I have a blast. I celebrated my birthday on the islands of St. Martin, St. Barths and Anguilla. I stayed in a villa in the French side of St. Martin in Terres Basses, here’s the view from the living room.
I usually take time out to peel away from everyone and everything on my birthday to regroup, but this year I invited my family to join me. It was a milestone birthday so I wanted to look forward and celebrate my achievements with those who care for me most, those who believe I can do anything. Check us out.