Wow wow wow it has been a crazy few weeks. As you know, I took a VERY unexpected trip to Europe last week and I am so excited to tell you all about it!
As I said in my last blog post, I met up with Hallie in London where we stayed in a pretty decent airbnb. We spent most of our time in London doing typical tourist things. We saw a lot of beautiful places. London has amazing architecture and there were a lot of really excellent photo spots which we definitely took advantage of. We also went into a London pub and ate fish and chips which was amazing but we were so full by the time we left that I don’t think I ate anything for the rest of the day. Hallie had an apparently “incredible” bubble tea but we has separated at that point so I didn’t get to experience that. That night, Hallie went to see Book of Mormon which I was a bit jealous about but it was okay because I actually caught a train and went to see from friends a bit out of the city. Let me tell you that transportation in London in incredibly confusing. Thank God Hallie was with me for most of the time because she was a genius with the tube (the London subway) and I was pathetic. So here I was, having to navigate my way from London to Coventry all by myself! And I had to sit next to a man who smelled simply terrible. BUT, it was an amazing trip because I got to see a good deal of the countryside during my train ride. When I got to Coventry, my friends came to pick me up and it was such a lovely visit with them. It went by very quickly so I got back on my train and headed back to London where I met Hallie again at our airbnb. The next day was more sight-seeing and we went to our now favorite place, Camden Market. It was so beautiful. There was amazing food and really cute shops. I was wearing new converse during this trip and by this time my shoes were filling with blood from the blisters. By the time Hallie and I got to the airport that night, I bought flip-flops and they were my shoes for the rest of my time in Europe. (which was super embarrassing because Spain was cold and people were looking at me like I was crazy).
Hallie and I somehow ended up on different flight from London to Madrid. But that night I got to my airbnb by like 1AM and I was super stoked to get out of there the next day. I rushed out by like 8AM and made my way to the metro (the Madrid subway) with some help and encouragement from my dear friend Jordan who is studying abroad in Madrid right now as well. I got to see Jordan the next day and she took me to an amazing sushi place which I loved her for because I never get to have sushi in Ghana. Anyway, I got on the metro and found out that I am a metro master. Hallie found me an INCREDIBLE hostel to stay in. It was honestly more of a hotel than a hostel but it was right in the center of Madrid in Sol. It was incredible, I had not one bad thing to say about it. I actually extended my time staying in the hostel half because I loved Madrid so much and half because I literally just didn’t want to leave the hostel. To be honest, there is way too much to say about Madrid. All I can really say is that it is the most beautiful place that I have ever been and I am so excited to go back. I got to spend a decent amount of time exploring the city alone, but I did get to see my beautiful Glittle, Shelby, which was one of the most exciting parts about being in Europe. She and Hallie were wonderful hosts and they introduced me to their friends when we went to a Real Madrid game which is where I fell in love with one of the players. Honestly, I could go on and on and on about Madrid. I truly loved it. And I got to see a friend from college as well which was very exciting! Hanna is living in Spain full time right now and she took me to some great sights and a cute little bar where I got to eat authentic Spanish food. After that day, I realized that it was probably time for me to buy a plane ticket home to Accra. So I purchased a ticket for the next day and spent my last night in Madrid with Shelby, Hallie, Gary (another friend from college) and their friends at a cool shots bar. We all went home and I packed my bags and headed to the airport.
This trip was honestly the best thing that could have happened for me at this point in my life. I was really struggling. And I am so thankful to have so many people that were so supportive of this spontaneous travel, not to mention so many people who spent time connecting with me while I was there. I feel like I am back to my old self. I feel like I have broken down a wall that I had built up and I remember why I am doing what I am doing here in Accra. Now is my time to be rootless and explore and experience the world around me and live my life. I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know that I am a very brave woman and I am so proud of myself for what I have done in the past 9 months. Being an adult is very difficult, but I am strong. I am so thankful for the people that help me be so.
It was an amazing week. I am truly blessed.
Thank you all.