Journey start date: April 15, 2017
Journey end date: May 2, 2017
5 continents visited: North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia
7 cities: Houston, Amsterdam, CapeTown, Johannesburg, Dubai, Sydney, Los Angeles
Travel time: 54 hours flying and 20 hours on a bus
Hostels: Amsterdam -ClinkNOORD , CapeTown- 91 Loop, Dubai- At The Top, Sydney- Bondi Backpackers
Amsterdam- 4/16-18 the flight from Amsterdam was amazing. The flight attendants knew we were crew and delivered amazing service. The weather was cold and rainy. Overall beautiful city and on the more expensive side. We arrived early in the am and caught the train and a ferry from the airport to the hostel. The hostel overall was really nice but in a inconvenient location, had to catch the ferry to get to the city. It also didn’t include free breakfast but did offer a free walking tour daily. Food on a whole was really good. We didn’t do any real touristy things other than take pictures near the iAmsterdam sign.
CapeTown- 4/18-23 What an adventure 🤦🏾♀️😂 The weather in Capetown was beautiful, warm and sunny!! We arrived kinda late so we caught an Uber from the airport to the hostel. The hostel was conveniently located, staff was amazing, offered free breakfast, and cheap. The city is beautiful full of mountains and bordered by the ocean. We were warned that things could be sketchy so always stow your phone and valuables but we didn’t actually have any threats or problems. Food was amazing but that’s where this becomes an adventure😂 about day 2 or 3 I ate something that my body didn’t like and got really sick!! I’ll spare you the details but I’ll say even if advised it’s ok DO NOT DRINK THE TAP WATER!! I ate a bunch of local food and a bunch of fish and chips. We did a bunch of walking around but we also did a few touristy things. We visited The Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point, Bo Kaap, The Penguins, and Table Top Mountain. We also hung out with some locals at a club for reggae night….I was drunk and it was LIT! lol I extended my stay because I was to sick to leave when I was supposed to . Overall CapeTown was the most meaningful part of the trip for me…a lot of lessons of humanity and my first time getting sick while traveling.
The journey from CapeTown to Johannesburg was a longgggggg one! I ended sitting next to a local who was traveling to JoBurg to go to the embassy and apply for a passport. Really nice guy but after 20 hours on a bus I was convinced he was bat shit crazy!! Our encounter started with him being in my seat and ended with him telling me how deep in love he was with me and wanting to know when he would see me again because his heart can’t go on without me 😳🤷🏾♀️🤦🏾♀️ he offered me a muffin that he pulled from his pocket and was super hurt when I declined. On our first refreshment stop he got some chocolate for me and basically just wanted to watch me it. In the middle of the night it got really cold and I woke up covered in all his sweaters and jackets, he had basically unpacked his bag on me 😩😂 other than that the scenery was beautiful but my phone was dead so he ended up being my only entertainment 😒 I made another friend, Peter, at the bus station in Capetown once we made it to JoBurg I ran into him again and he saved me from paying my life savings on an Uber to the airport by showing me where and how to catch the train. We talked along the train ride and he ended up being a really nice guy (as everyone I came in contact with was)! I made it to the airport and was able to change my flight to an earlier one, it was time for Dubai!!!