(Read part 1 here)
13. Spending Canada day in Calgary
I had just made a new friend, Lauri, at my hostel in Calgary. We went to the dollar store to buy Canada flag tattoos and put them on in the middle of the mall using bottled water. That was weird enough anyway until a random guy came over and asked if we could do one on his cheek. We obliged. Outside there was a band singing a cover of “Love Yourself” and this one guy just started dancing on his own, absolutely going for it. Loads of people joined in and it was so nice to see everyone just enjoying the music without caring what anyone else thought. Later we ran (like, sprinted) through the streets when we were drunk so we could be in time to see the fireworks. Fools.
14. Jumping from the Stratosphere tower in Vegas
My ex boyfriend refused to do this with me (don’t blame him) which made it even more scary. I remember being at the top getting ready to jump and just looking at all the lights across the city. I felt like I was on one of those movies when someone is about to jump to their death. It was such an adrenaline rush.
15. Salsa dancing in Ghana
I’m the shyest person ever so when I got invited to salsa dance when I was in Ghana my first thought was “nah”. But everyone kept telling me how good it was so I said I’d go and watch. Well after 1 long island ice tea I was drunk. And drunk me is not so shy, ha. I danced for a bit with this Ghanaian guy who kept shouting “obroni” at me (white person) then I stood at the side to watch the pro’s. I honestly wish I was African because they are ALL so naturally good at dancing, even the children. It was amazing.
16. Learning to communicate without words
I stayed with a French family in Quebec a couple of months ago and got to meet 4 year old Blanche. We could barely understand one another but we became the best of friends. It was so special to be able to connect with someone without any kind of conversation. Read more about my time in Quebec here.
17. Pedal boating in Montreal
My friend Vivian and I booked a trip to Montreal on a whim one night last year, 12 hours in advance, and it was the first trip we took together. Whilst there we went to Old Montreal and rented pedal boats. We got in one of those stupid moods where everything is funny (like always) and taught each other foreign swear words in between laughing fits.
18. Getting this note from a hostel roommate:
Natsuki made me realise that the smallest of actions, like making simple conversation, can really impact someone. Always be kind.
19. Visiting a village in Fiji
We were welcomed with Fijian leis and a traditional Kava ceremony. We danced with the people there then they made us a wonderful buffet lunch. After that they took us out bamboo rafting and we went to visit a primary school where the kids sang a song for us. It was such a cool day and really fun to hang with the locals.
20. Vegas with my best friend
Every single day was just fabulous and we visited some of the wildest clubs I’ve ever been to.
21. Swimming in a cenote in Mexico
Cenotes are natural swimming pools created by holes in the rocks. I went to a couple on my last day in Playa Del Carmen with a German guy I met at my hostel. It was an unreal experience. I didn’t take any photos because I was paranoid about my stuff getting stolen, so here’s one I found online:22. Watching the stars in Kingston
If you’ve read this far you’ll have realised I am a sucker for watching the stars. Just the fact that I was actually in Kingston made me feel mental so it was already set to be one of the most memorable experiences of my life. But going to a viewpoint to watch the sunset and look at the stars? Whole ‘nother level.
23. Changing my travel plans in Virginia
My time in Virginia was extremely boring and I was supposed to be there another 6 days. I wanted to move on but didn’t want to waste the $400+ I’d spent on my flights in and out of Richmond. I finally said f**k the money and booked a flight to Orlando leaving the next day. I had such a great time there. Doing that will always remind me that I am in full control of my circumstances- I can’t let any type of excuse get in the way of doing what I want to do.
24. Seeing the Grand Canyon
Still can’t believe nature made this. Cool.
25. Working with sex trafficking survivors
A lot of these moments are from Cambodia but I met so many inspiring people there. At SHE Rescue Home, I worked with girls as young as 4 years old who had the horror of experiencing sex slavery. Their attitude towards life and their general positivity still continues to inspire me to this day. One moment I remember in particular was when we were riding in a tuk-tuk with one of the girls who lived at SHE. She was 16 years old and had been at the home for around a year. She started singing a Christian song and I almost cried seeing how at ease and full of hope she was. I can’t even imagine the horrible things she went through but to see her overcome that was so incredible.