My Photo Journal through Rome!
It all started when I was asked by actress, writer and play director Peppur Chambersto participate in the pre-production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Being every bit of a NOLA girl, I was honored to join the production crew and jump on board as the New Orleans consultant.
Not only was it a way for me to be involved in the art culture of Prague. It also allowed me to do what I do best: talk about the city I LOVE. The city that has reared, shaped and formed me in every way.
I LOVE YOU NEW ORLEANS!
The opportunity couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. Finally accepting my life living abroad, I was more than ready to work with a team of very talented and accomplished individuals.
It was even more of an honor to participate in…
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Let’s say that you’ve been considering traveling abroad.
I mean, why not?
Every time you open a social media platform you can find countless stories, articles and photos of people traveling and seeing the world. These people are out and about exploring exotic lands and historic sites in “once in a lifetime” destinations.
I know because I happen to be one of those people… And because of my love for traveling, I am always looking for new travel tips and recommendations.
That’s why I was ecstatic when Storytrail reached out to me about my travel experiences. After speaking with the Director of Marketing and Engagement, Abigail Levner, I instantly became curious about their purpose and movement in the world of travel.
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London is an expensive town, but it doesn’t have to be…
Here are some ways to survive when you’re Broke and Abroad:
If you have some time to walk in the life of the late great Amy Winehouse, you should definitely visit Camden Town. The gentrified neighborhood has become one of the hippest boroughs in London (WELCOME TO GENTRIFICATION).
Here you can find everything from exotic food markets and hip night life, to cheap street shopping. Be sure to visit the Camden Lock Market. And if you are into all things bazaar, CyberDog Rave Shop is worth a visit. The fact that they have glow in the dark go-go dancers was enough to peak my interest. It was the first stop on my list.
… And I was able to have a beer at Amy’s “Local” (favorite local pub). Total Perks!
My fascination with all things creepy can sometimes seem alarming but it has never stopped me from embracing the various realms of creepocity (a word I made up). Being that my mom is an amateur ghost hunter (So she thinks.. LOL), it should be no surprise that I inherited the enjoyment of horror. And of course when she found out that I explored the mysterious world of the era of Jack the Ripper, she was pretty impressed, “That’s so cool, Kimmie”…
There are many free tours, exhibits and museums related to the life and era of London’s most infamous serial killer and his unfortunate victims. But, in my opinion, taking a Self-Guided Tour may be your best bet. I took one of the guided tours, and let’s just say when the sky gets dark there are several of these tours happening at once. If you have any form of Attention Deficit Disorder, focusing on your guide will become an issue. So, to avoid dealing with 5 separate tours speaking at the same time, I’d advise you to do your own Jack the Ripper exploring.
Kimmie loves Museums! I chalk it up to my mom being an educator. But there’s something about visiting museums that excites me …And can I just mention that The Natural History Museum of London does not disappoint. Like any Natural Museum, you will see a plethora of historical and scientific exhibits; everything from dinosaurs to the miracle childbirth.
This museum is rather large so give yourself about 2.5 hours to explore it all. It should be enough time to experience the simulation of the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami that occurred in Japan; see the life, size and mind of a neanderthal, and explore the various species of animals.
Did I mention that this museum is FREE (But, leaving a donation is always polite)
While London isn’t famous for it’s amazing weather, I must say that if you stumble upon a clear day you are in luck because London is a rather beautiful city with so many things to view.
While there and broke, I thought that walking was a good alternative to spending random bits of money. Of course there’s Big Ben (properly known as the Elizabeth Tower). The famous landmark is one that you should not miss. Along with Big Ben you should also take a ride on their world famous ferris wheel, The London Eye, where you will get one of the best views of London. While in the area, be sure to stop by Westminster Abbey.
If you happen to visit Camden you can walk along the Regent’s Canal, where you will see the friendly yet ironic dynamic of boat homes mixed with London wealth. From there you can stroll into Regent’s Park where you will find the London Zoo.
One of my favorite things about Europe are the free tours. I promise they are typically worth it. Especially if you are as obsessed with history as I am. Of course in London the most important tour to take is the Royal Tour where you will get to visit the major castles, parliament, see Big Ben and the walk through the royal gardens. While the tour is approximately 3 hours long, if you’re lucky enough to get a dynamic and comical tour guide, the time will fly by. After the tour you should be able to pass any British History test thrown your way (maybe not) but you will become well versed in the brief important points of British history.
We’ve all heard it before, British food has no flavor. AND, I wont argue with this because the Fish and Chips dish that I ordered had the flavor of soggy cardboard. But don’t get it twisted, if you know where to go, you are sure to get your life in some of the most amazing cultural cuisines. While in London I had my share of Peruvian, Jamaican, British traditional and double portions of Indian foods. “Kimmie what would you like to eat?” The answer was always INDIAN FOOD!
I was very pleased with every dish I tried in London (except for the Fish and Chips… Trust me it’s not ALL THAT!)
**Uber is fairly cheap!
**Soho is really interesting
**China town is worth a visit
Five hours away from Prague is an amazing city with a famous history filled with tragedy and triumph.
When I first arrived in Berlin, I must admit that I did not like it’s appearance.
“It looks like a city in the U.S.”
When I think of my love for coffee I think back to my early youth, when my late grandmother would make her famous Café Au Lait. This typically included a perfectly decorated Demi (Demitasse) tea cup filled with a lot of cream, sugar and just a splash of coffee.
Hence the phrase, “Would you like some coffee with your sugar?”
It always amazes people when I tell them that my grandmother would give me coffee when I was as young as 4 years old. But this is pretty common in New Orleans’ black and Creole culture.
… Yes, I am that freelance writer who gave up many things to enjoy a life abroad.
It all started in 2008. I was a “Junior” in college (That awkward state where you’re in your senior year by numbers but a few credits shy)…
Just A Few Pictures…
Let me tell you a story about how IKEA became my new best friend.
After leaving the comfort of my old flat, I felt myself losing little pieces of my sanity.
It started with the forceful manner in which my landlord basically pushed me out of my apartment. My time was up! I had only paid for one month, and she was eagerly awaiting my departure.
There was a mixture of panic and annoyance, blended with bouts of rage.
I am a foreigner, how dare she be so insensitive. (HASHTAG ‘MERICA)
After packing all four of my suitcases, I spent a whopping 3 U.S. dollars hauling my stuff to the new flat via Uber.
**Sidenote: If you’re in Prague and you don’t understand the transit system, Uber is ridiculously cheap…