Learning All the Things
Category: Real Life

7
Dec
Now is the Time for Love and Affection… and Puzzles.
About DokiDara, Real Life

In September of 2015, I made the decision to quit my job and book a one-way flight to Cape Town, South Africa, without any real plans.   Well, realistically, I had decided in my head years before that I wanted to have a backpacking adventure, but lots of people say things like that to themselves […]

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17
Oct
22 Hours in Tokyo with DokiDara!
Real Life, Travel

There’s something incredibly euphoric about starting a new trip. Truth be told, I’m actually terrified of flying — probably for the same reason that I hate driving… There’s a lack of control associated with being piloted around in the sky that’s similar to having to trust that everyone else driving a vehicle on the road […]

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16
Oct
DokiDara and the 2016 Asiaventure!
Real Life, Travel

Around July of this year, I saw the most amazing flight deal — NYC to SIN , return, for $370 USD. Yeah, you read that right. Three Hundred and Seventy US Dollars. Round Trip. New York City to Singapore. Oh, btw, with a stopover in Tokyo. On All Nippon Airways/United Codeshares. The flight was an […]

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14
Oct
DokiDara and the Medevac from Asia – PART 2
Real Life, Travel

Alright, I know I had promised I’d post the next installment “tomorrow” — but an abundance of activities and some jet-lag seems to have gotten the better of me. However, I’m writing this next bit from within an awesome luxury bus from Singapore to Malacca, Malaysia, so I suppose it’s all working out well… Once […]

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9
Oct
DokiDara and the Medevac from Asia – Part 1
Real Life, Travel

It’s been almost exactly a year since I set out on my open-ended backpacking adventure in Africa and Southeast Asia, and here I am on a plane again… I’m incredibly excited to bring you stories and pictures and adventures, but it strikes me that I never completed my story last time. Originally it was because […]

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5
Dec
Sometimes, Things Go to Hell in a Handbasket
Real Life, Travel

Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely LOVE traveling, and I adore traveling solo because I can do what I want, when I want it, and it’s challenging and rewarding and wonderful. Sometimes, though, being a single, female traveler and having to deal with everything that comes along with that really, REALLY grinds my gears. I […]

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2
Dec
1 Month with the Toths!
Real Life, Travel

Aka… when your friend lets you take over her office for an entire month, refuses to let you pay for anything, and basically reworks her entire life to hang out with you while you’re visiting her and her family in the random African country that they happen to be stationed in. I can’t even begin […]

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1
Dec
Pagne Shopping At “The Beach” in Kinshasa
Real Life, Travel

One of my favorite adventures in Kinshasa has been going to “The Beach” and shopping for fabric. While you’re still inevitably subject to the cries of “Madame! Over here!” and “Look, look, Madame!” that you would be in the street markets and craft stalls, there’s just something magical about fabric shopping. Maybe it’s the creative […]

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28
Nov
A Traveler’s Thanksgiving
Real Life, Travel

When I first decided to tell people at home that I was planning an around-the-world trip by myself, whether they were nervous for my safety or excited for my adventure, it was inevitable that one of the questions they would ask if I was going to be lonely. I’ve been dreaming of this trip since […]

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19
Nov
Visiting (and SURPRISE! Coaching!) Cape Town Rollergirls
Derby, Real Life, Travel

When you’re planning to leave home for an undetermined amount of time, on your own, to another continent… you tend to search out a few things that are going to be familiar amongst the deluge of new-ness that is about to become your entire existence. Also, if you have an addiction, you definitely try to […]

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