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PODCASTS TO LISTEN TO | Storytelling & Comedy

8/28/2019

Recently, I have been listening to an unhealthy amount of podcasts and I wanted to share them with you. Check out my detailed youtube video on each podcast were I sample an audio clip to give you guys a taste of what each show has to offer. I wholeheartedly love each of these podcasts and I highly recommend you check them out. I think these are the best podcasts of 2019… well I can only speak for myself for I’ll say best podcasts of my 2019.  These are perfect for your commute to work, while cleaning or whenever you want to be honest. Check them out! 

BLACKOUT: Academy Award® winner Rami Malek stars in this apocalyptic thriller as a small-town radio DJ fighting to protect his family and community after the power grid goes down nationwide, upending modern civilization.

CARRIER: What happens when a truck driver picks up a loaded trailer, but has no idea what’s really inside? Tony, Grammy, and Emmy award winner Cynthia Erivo journeys down a dark and lonely highway in this original scripted thriller from QCODE and creator Dan Blank. With immersive audio techniques that create a dimensional listening experience, the audience is strongly advised to use caution, wear headphones if possible, and listen... carefully.
  
EARTHBREAK: After everyone she's ever known was killed in an alien invasion, Lynn Gellert (Jenny Slate) might be the last person left on Earth. Her constant and only companion is the voice recorder she managed to salvage from her mother's house. As symptoms of a strange illness seem to set in, Lynn comes to terms with her mortality, only to realize that she's not sick, she's pregnant. Lynn is not a survivalist, or even good at camping, but somehow she has to find what it takes to confront a dangerous and uncertain future

TALES: You think you know the story…But do you really? Every other Saturday, Tales presents ancient fairy tales the way they were originally told: orally, and unadulterated. Tales is part of the Parcast Network and is a Cutler Media production.

THE HABITAT: On a remote mountain in Hawaii, there's a fake planet Mars. Six volunteers are secluded in an imitation Mars habitat where they will work as imitation astronauts for one very real year. The goal: to help NASA understand what life might be like on the red planet—and plan for the day when the dress rehearsals are over, and we blast off for real. Host Lynn Levy has been chronicling this experiment from the moment the crew set foot in their habitat, communicating with them through audio diaries that detail their discoveries, their frustrations, and their evolving and devolving relationships with each other. From those diaries, Gimlet Media has crafted an addictive serialized documentary: the true story of a fake planet.

PASSING THROUGH: Nneka Julia shares revelations and wisdom collected through travel, conversation, and self-education.

THE RECEIPTS: #TheReceiptsPodcast is a fun, honest podcast fronted by three girls who are willing to talk about anything and everything. From relationships to situationships to everyday life experiences, you can expect unadulterated girl talk with no filter.

RANDOM ORDER: The best comedy podcast about nothing and something sometimes. Jae and Trey Richards sit with Sheldon Sabastian to cover music, pop culture, motorcycle tools, zombie deers, whatever else comes to mind and also freestyle off the dome when necessary.


Southern Belle Farm | EXPLORING GEORGIA

7/30/2019

This year I made a promise to myself to explore more areas around me. I truly believe to explore and gain new experiences does not require a plane ticket. That’s why I found myself at Southern Belle Farm in McDonough, Georgia. Odera and I took a one and a half hour drive from Atlanta to McDonough. When we arrived we saw two donkeys chilling behind some fences. We were not expecting to see any animals so that was a pleasant surprise. After we parked we walked into the store and found out the ‘U-Pick Peaches’ activity was over for the season due to the lack of peaches on the trees. That was very disappointing for us  and we were not the only people that drove into McDonough for the peaches. Although, that didn’t stop us from heading over to the farm and exploring the grounds. Even though, we could not pick peaches it was amazing to walk around the farm to take in the sights and the sounds. Once, we were done exploring and taking pictures we went back into the shop to buy some of Southern Belle Farm’s famous peach ice cream. It was delightful! I have never had peach ice cream before especially peach ice cream with delicious chunks of frozen peaches mixed in. The serving portions are huge, so I recommend sharing with a friend. Overall, my time at Southern Belle Farm was great even though we didn’t get to pick peaches. We will be back during the Fall for the pumpkin season. Can’t wait!

Location: 1658 Turner Church Rd, McDonough, GA 30252
Things To Do: walk around the farm, interact with farm animals, pick fruits such as peaches, grapes, strawberries, pumpkins (depending on the season)
Price: $ - $$, I would say everything in the store from the pound cake to the fruits is relatively cheap but this depends on the individual budget. It is free to explore the farm but I recommend buying something from the store to support their business. 

To find out what we did in more detail watch this vlog: 
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FLORIDA ADVENTURES - Hilton Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach

6/29/2019

We took a lovely trip to Fort Lauderdale with the Meadows family (my brother’s girlfriend’s family). It was wonderful. I have been to Florida quite a few times but I have never been to Fort Lauderdale. Personally, I think Fort Lauderdale is like Miami without the craziness and glam. The beaches are just as nice but the vibe is a lot more relaxed and it is a very family friendly environment. It is about a 30 minutes - 1 hour drive to Miami, so you can still get a balance of both locations, which is what we did.  

For the first 3 days, my brother and I stayed at the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach, which is under the Hilton family. Overall, our stay was wonderful. They renovated the hotel about a year ago and some parts are still under construction. Two things to keep in mind is their cafe/store called ‘The Market’ is ridiculously overpriced and the water pressure of the bathroom shower was not the best. Besides that everything was great and the hotel is only a 5 minute walk to the beach. 

Price: $150 - 250 a night *varies based on the season and we also used Hilton Honors points 

Check out my vlog to see what we got up to:

PARIS TRAVEL DIARY | prices, photo location maps, things to do in Paris

4/17/2019

Our time in Paris was everything I hoped it would be and more. Paris had been on my bucket list ever since I watched Anastasia has a little girl. I definitely plan to go back and stay longer. My friend, Michelle and I booked a $360 Norwegian airlines flight (which we booked through kiwi.com) from Chicago to London. We left for Paris after spending some time in the UK (check out my other vlogs about our trip), we flew from Manchester to Paris with EasyJet for about $84 then a EuroStar train back to London for about $83. Flying for six hours on Norwegian airlines was okay but our biggest problem was before we got on the plane. We were not told that they weight carry on bags and it was $100 for an oversized bag. Which is ridiculous because it cost $70 to check-in a big size bag. So, Michelle and I spent a long time moving our stuff around and ending up carrying some of our clothes in our hands in order to check-in. But the moment, we got our carry-ons back we put all our clothes back into our carry-ons. A-ha! We finessed the system. Also, since the flight was very cheap things like food and headphones were sold during the flight. We were good because we ate before boarding and we brought our own headphones. What can I say? Finessing is my favorite hobby. 


Where We Stayed?

Finding a place to stay was the most difficult part of our trip. Michelle and I spent several days looking at hotels and airbnbs. We finalized our list to three airbnbs because booking directly from a hotel’s website seemed to be more expensive. Bob Hotel was about $117.50 for a night. Luckily, Michelle had a $40 airbnb coupon, which made our one night pay cheaper. Paris is an expensive city and that applies to accommodation. Since, we visited during a low-tourism season (February-March), most things were cheaper compared to if we visited during summer. 

Bob Hotel was everything we needed and more. We wanted to stay somewhere that gave a luxury vibe without the luxury price. The staff was amazing and spoke both French and English. They helped us with all our questions and at one point I needed an umbrella and the receptionist went out of her way to find one. Before arriving, Michelle and I where excited for the decor and it looked just as stunning as in the pictures. The only downside was everything was a lot smaller compared to America and this applies to most spaces in Paris. Everything was still gorgeous but I had to remove my American way to seeing space and size. Another thing to consider when staying at Bob Hotel is that the location is not extremely close to the popular tourist attractions. We were able to get around thanks to the amazing train system, which you can pay for with visa and mastercard. I honestly preferred staying further away because we felt more in tune with the locals and it was nice getting to practice my French. In the touristy areas, almost everyone can speak English although the further out you go the less English is spoken. 

Bob Hotel Information:
Price: $117.50 - varies based on season


photos from bobhotelparis.com

What We Did?

We spent most of our time walking around and taking in the city. Paris is a city that you do not need to spend money to be entertained. Of course, there are certain places that require money but we spent most of our trip walking around and looking. Our first stop was the most iconic Tour L’Eiffel a.k.a Eiffel Tower. You are crazy if you visit Paris and choose not to go see the Eiffel Tower. Even if you have already seen it. Personally, it was one of my highlights and the best time is to see it at night when it sparkles at the start of every hour. I thought it would be overrated and a letdown but I was wrong. Check out my vlog for more detail! Next, we saw the L'Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile followed by The Lourve. We missed out on seeing the Notre Dame because we did not have enough time and in most recent news I heard it burned down. That was very sad to hear. There are many more places we wanted to see but due to time we could not go and when we did go to places like the Modern Art Museum is was closed due to Paris Fashion week. 






Where We Ate?

Food and drinks, that is how most of our money was spent. Below, I list out three of our favorite spots during the trip. Cafe du Trocadero was the most pricey place we went and we got hot chocolate for $9. The hot coco was out of this world. The best hot chocolate I have ever had. It was a great spot to really feel Parisian and it had a great view of the Eiffel Tower. Our next spot was Le Losserand Cafe, which is the embodiment of a true French cafe. It was like something out of the movies. From looking around and picking up some conversations in French, I guessed it is owned and run by a family. The food was delicious. My meal cost around $15 - $20 for orange juice, hot chocolate, croissant, omelette and a small salad. The final spot is Lokita, a Senegalese restaurant. The owner was so kind and it was wonderful to see another African in France. Paris is an extremely diverse city with people from all over the world and native French speakers with different backgrounds. The food and drink also cost around $15 - 20 at Lokita. 

Cafe du Trocadero:


Le Losserand Cafe:


Lokita: