Excess luggage…

My favourite part of travel haha.

Now things are beginning to settle and the world is opening up, one would think I’ll be in a hurry to book a vacation somewhere hot… You know, browse through different sites looking for the best bargain… dreaming of switching on the ‘out of office’ automatic reply hahaha. I get so excited composing the message… The thrill of everyone receiving it while I’m miles away basking in the heat… Good times… Ok, let’s get back to the story… *rolls eyes*

During my early travels, I got so worked up about not taking ‘too much stuff’… It can be so awkward when you have to open up your luggage at the airport and it looks like a cross between a recycling depot and a farmhouse hehe. I have all kinds of scales and weighing devices at home just to beat the maximum ‘kg’ put in place by the various airlines *side eye*. Some of these airlines are vicious I tell you… You’d think you had the whole of Alaska in your bag with the way they go on and on… With their measuring size bucket or whatever it’s called lol… ‘Easy j’s I see you hahaha. 

To avoid any kind of embarrassment lol, I read all sorts of articles online and watch videos on how to pack more and weigh less lol. Some ideas I tried worked, others errr…not quite. From laying your clothes flat to rolling them up like sausages, I tried it all. To be fair, some airlines have a very generous allowance for international travel and I mean GENEROUS lol. Even with that, sometimes found myself trying to “smuggle” more stuff and giving them that “oh really? Overweight? That’s strange. Are you sure?” Look -haha. Didn’t get me far though, still had to repack and throw stuff out.

I remember once when I had to throw clothes away *faints*. It still hurts… They weren’t having it… Nope, nada zilch! The worst part was I thought of leaving those items at home when I packed earlier but felt I could get away with it. Never tried it again… Now once I get a “feeling” to leave something or someone behind, I flip it with so much speed lol. 

Truth be told– I packed way more than I needed on most of the trips. I could have managed with hand luggage, but somehow I imagine all kinds of scenarios and stuff finds its way in!

All that’s a distant memory… These days, I just jump on the train and keep it local till I can show up at the airport with no long ‘to do list’ and checking how many people I have come in contact with while charging me an arm, leg and torso for tests… Unless I get a call from the producers of Death in Paradise, then it’s Asta la vista Baby! Lol

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Now, where did I put my ‘bum bag’ and sunglasses

Christmas Wish…

Lockdown 2.0 revealed quite a few interesting sides to me, I actually burst out laughing. 1.0 was more about fear and the uncertainty of how we would live life in ‘isolation’. This time around, it’s pretty much ‘sit at home till we tell you it’s ok to go out!’. Well, it ends today so a bunch of ‘us’ are eager to head out to get some fresh air lol… but before then, let me tell you a ‘strange’ story about my recent experience hahaha…

It’s funny how from January to November some of us are realists… you know, deal with facts only *side eye* But come December, all logic is thrown out of the window lol. Suddenly we believe in Santa Claus, wishes, fairies, and all things magical haha. Well, I for one fall into this category. Blame it on all the Christmas movies showing at the moment (storyline usually about finding love, rekindling love, moving on to new love… all happening just before Christmas… you get the drift lol)

Yep, it’s December, and I find myself making ‘wishes’ and hoping they would come true. How strange right? Something about the season or maybe it’s all the Christmas ads that hypnotize you into thinking anything is possible this time of year. In the spirit of it, I might as well tell you about my two Christmas wishes I hope would somehow come ‘true’ as it does in the movies lol. Even as I type I have no idea how it’s going to happen but I believe it would someday *wink wink*. “Hey, Santa! How you doing?” (My best Wendy Williams voice haha)

Photo courtesy BBC.CO.UK

My first wish would be to star in an episode of ‘Death in Paradise’. O M G! If I could be part of that show… One of the customers pricing mangoes in a market scene, or cocktails at Catherine’s Bar, or even a guest detective lol. I’ll get to travel to Guadeloupe or some exotic Caribbean island and film on the fictional island of ‘St Marie’…. Ahhh… I started watching a few years back and got stuck with solving mysteries with my favourite island detectives. So many times I’ve imagined myself there… #fingerscrossed

My second ‘wish’ (honestly, as I type I keep checking if my niece has taken over my laptop. Controlling everything I type lol…) would be to meet Tyler Perry… and maybe he ‘throws in’ a work placement haha. Why? You might ask… I admire his creativity… His push to break boundaries/ceilings/whatever limitations. ‘A Fall from Grace’ won me over. I was impressed (apart from the dodgy wigs/hairpieces lol). P.S. My opinion, don’t know about y’all…

So there you have it- my Christmas wishes lol. Here’s to wonderful meals surrounded by love…

Photo by Nicola

Apart from making ‘wishful’ wishes lol… spend time with loved ones. Just be ‘kids’ for a few days while the world and issues go past. Enjoy it, it’s a time to be thankful for life especially with how the year has shown so many different colours.