Most fascinating cities
I had a good time in Bangalore, India. The down side of the city––the smell, not that there was an open sewer or garbage dumps, but funk from the city’s covered drain escaped into the air and permeated the environment.
We had to cover our nose with masks. Nonetheless, it is a country I would love to visit again.
I love Ghana too. The cab drivers were versatile, they could also serve as your tour guide.
There is hardly a place you want to go that they don’t know of.
I have no problem with food when I am outside Nigeria.
There is always the need for one to understand bits of the international languages.
Of course you get by in most places but occasionally, you run into hitches. Once, after such stressful experience, I made up my mind to attend French classes.
But after a month or thereabout, the interest waned. How I survive in Paris, for instance: I write out the basic expressions in French that I can use to conduct transactions on the street.
In Vienna, pupils are regularly taken to the country’s historical places. That way, they grow up appreciating their history, and they have deep understanding of who they are.
I have also learnt from my travels how functional education are appreciated in other countries, with strong emphasis on skills and vocation and not just paper qualification. I walked into a salon in America wanting to do pedicure and manicure and in the process also requested for facials, but they turned down my request for the latter.
But you can do it, I said. Yes, but illegal, she replied.
Saying, “we are not licensed to do that,” she took me to the wall and showed me their certification.
One: Plan ahead.
Once, we were in Houston––our plane delayed––and I used the opportunity to visit the Body Worlds, an anatomical exhibition of dead human bodies that showed impressive comparisons between healthy bodies and organs and those affected with disease, from organs to muscles to the nervous system and to skeletal structures. You can see what they died of and you become acutely aware of the importance of living healthily.
Guess what, only me and my daughter were the only black persons at the place. Where did the others go? They went shopping.
At the shopping hubs, you would see a lot of people.
Three: Prepare ahead.
Don’t pack your bags at the last minute. Don’t pick items or personal stuff you can conveniently get where you are heading.