A Sojourner’s Journal: Still in Russia

Cosmos continues with her experiences in St. Petersburg, Russia;

July 16, 2017
I went to the St. Basil Cathedral with Nancy today; was somebody compensating for something? Because you could literally fit a giant in here.
Got treated to shawarma afterwards, the garlic sauce worth killing for.

July 19, 2017
Went to this really old bookshop today, place had a marble staircase. Went to the park afterwards and got myself a cup of mulled wine; was good.
On the way back to the apartment, a pair of break dancers performed in the subway car.

July 20, 2017
Wanted to visit someplace called the Chocolate Museum today; turns out it’s just a chocolate shop. Passed a violinist playing a song from Anastasia; wish I could play like that.
Saw an old mosque and had a pretty decent lunch at Burger King.
I am now sick. Literally. I have a cold.

July 21, 2017
Still sick. Still going to the zoo though.
The metro station next to the zoo looks like a spaceship.
Zoo was awesome;
The wolf slept through everyone staring at her.
The lion was posing a like a runway model for a photoshoot (Nancy thinks he was just selecting lunch)
The jaguar and snow leopard could care less.
I saw a sleeping Sam Winchester.
Saw a tiger pace around before he tripped and promptly hid to hide the shame
Owl face. So much owl face.
The python just slept through everything
After the zoo, I let a dude put a snake on my shoulders. It felt like something cool wrapped in cling film and after that another dude put a macaw on my wrist. Bird walked up my arm and on to my shoulders. The claws kinda tickled.

Found a place in a park with a maze and models of famous buildings in the city and historical dudes at a table. This is the tallest I have ever felt.

A Sojourner’s Journal; The Destination – Russia

Cosmos continues with her Russian story;

July 12, 2017 – St. Petersburg

So, I got in last night and proceeded to:
Eat
Shower
Sleep

First day here: Well first thing is we took the subway into town. One thing I noticed about the city centre is that the entire place follows a pastel colour pattern; ivory, peach, pale green, you name it.

Then we went to the Kazanskiy Sobor which is this huge old cathedral/museum. And I mean huge.
After that we took a tour bus around the city, it was pretty fun, the tour guide said that if you spent 1 minute looking at each painting in the Winter Palace/Hermitage Museum it would take you about 60 years to go through all of them.

July 14, 2017
I went to the Hermitage today! But first I had to wait in line for a very long time in the blithering cold but I still got in and it was worth the wait.

Cool fact: kids under 18 and students (if you have proof) are allowed in for free. Still have to pay if you want to go on a tour though.

I know I wrote a piece once where I stated that I would never get tired of being surrounded by luxury; well that isn’t true anymore. I mean really? The Malachite Room alone…

There were also special exhibits on the top floor from other countries. Although my favourite parts, were the really old pieces and by old, I mean stone age and iron age. Primarily the weapons.

July 15, 2017
Turns out that here you have to pay for plastic bags when you shop, which is a great idea. I mean, if you pay for it then you’re going to keep and reuse it instead of just tossing it.

Went to an ice-ring today and proceeded to epically fail and nearly break my arm on the wall. I was later informed that I should have rented skates for boys which are much easier to balance on for first time users. When I told NJ about my arm, she laughed at my pain. I need new friends.

I found a shop that has knifes. And crossbows. I wanted one. My wallet said no.

A Sojourner’s Journal: The Journey to Russia

Our favourite writer / contributor Cosmos visited Russia last year and has decided to share her experience with us.

Here we go;

 

July 8, 2017 – Tema, Ghana

1:15pm: It’s D-day people!!!

Accra

So apparently, I need a transit visa to go through Paris, who knew? But was telling someone that they CANNOT travel really the way to go about this?

 

July 9, 2017 – somewhere in Ghana

3:29pm: Well Air France didn’t pan out but at least Turkish Airlines has got my back.

 

July 10, 2017 – Kotoka International Airport, Ghana

YES! Finally! I finally checked in. Now to kill 3 hours till take off…

 

July 11, 2017 – Istanbul, Turkey

Turkish airlines is pretty awesome. You know I never seem to be able to sleep on flights but watching the sunrise over the Mediterranean was definitely worth it. The sea looked like a grey desert and when the plane tilled it really felt as if the wing would skim the sand.

 

Cosmos out

A Sojourner Journal: Cosmos Visits Russia

Our favourite writer / contributor Cosmos visited Russia last year and decided to write down her day to day activity to share with us all.

For the rest of the month, we will be sharing with you Cosmos’s Russian story.

These stories will be divided into parts – showcasing her day to day activity in Russia, her thoughts, her views and experiences.

We hope you enjoy reading as much as she enjoyed writing.

A Message To All Women

Dear Beautiful Woman,

As today is has been set aside to celebrate you, let us remind you of how unique you are just as you are. Let us remind you why it is good to be comfortable in your own skin and to accept yourself.

Here we go;

When you’re comfortable in your own skin, you look beautiful, regardless of any flaws. __Emily Deschanel

Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical. __Sophia Loren

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. __Khalil Gibran

The moment will arrive when you are comfortable with who you are, and what you are- bald or old or fat or poor, successful or struggling- when you don’t feel the need to apologize for anything or to deny anything. To be comfortable in your own skin is the beginning of strength. __Charles Handy

Just be comfortable in your own skin. And that’s how you can be the sexiest woman that you can possibly be. __Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark

If you’re comfortable in your own skin, you will feel beautiful – and look beautiful to others, too. __Adriana Lima

Beauty, to me is about being comfortable in your own skin. __Gwyneth Paltrow

I know that having the perfect body doesn’t fix all your problems, or make you love yourself more. To me, it’s all about being comfortable in your own skin. __America Ferrera

I think what makes someone pretty amazing is being comfortable in your own skin. __Brendan Dooling

Life is easier when you are comfortable in your own skin. __Amy Dickinson

Finding joy is probably tantamount to finding yourself and being comfortable in your own skin. __Morgan Freeman

Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are. __Ellen DeGeneres

Happy International Women’s Day ladies. Go out there and be confident knowing you’re awesome just as you are.

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What To Do On Your Baecation

You and bae are all set up and excited for your baecation. You have agreed on your budget and your travel plan, know your destination, worked on your packing list and you are now wondering what to do on your trip? You need to know beforehand the activities you both want to undertake and also leave room for spontaneous activities but having an itinerary is a must.

See below some activities we have picked out for you and your significant other.

Be adventurous

Baecation is a time to tryout new things and to have adventures with bae. Enjoy that! Be prepared to look silly trying new things. Laugh about it and allow yourself to truly enjoy the experience. Try bungee jumping, skydiving, ziplining, paragliding, and anything your destination has to provide.

Get wonderfully lost

You do not have to have it all together on your trip. Make things flexible and be spontaneous. Get lost in the city, on an island, anything. Lose the map and explore the city.

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Hit the beach

If you chose a destination with a beach, then by all means put on your swimsuits and hit the beach. Tryout all the activities the beach has to offer.

Go hiking/ camping

If you chose a destination that offers a great place to hike and also camp out, then why not give it a shot. Go on a mountain hike. Camp out in the beach or at the seashore. With bae by your side, you won’t be afraid of any monsters.

Do some yoga in open air

Stretch out, control your breathing and strengthen your body and mind through yoga/ meditation. Try out new poses together. Laugh at each other when you fall and just stay healthy.

Go for an early morning jog or run

Enjoy the sunrise, talk without pressure and stay healthy by going for a run or a jog.

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Dress fancy and go on a date

Take time out and really dress up for a date night. Wear fancy clothes, heels, makeup and take yourselves to fancy restaurant or hit a cool bar.

Try local delicacies

You cannot visit a country without finding out what the locals eat, how they eat it and where to find the best delicacies. Get adventurous and go all the way.

Go shopping

This would not be much fun for boo but girl, this would be your territory. Shop for yourself and boo, get some souvenirs for family and friends.

Go wine tasting

If the country offers this, then by all means you should include it in your itinerary.

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Enjoy some “me” time

Baecations are not always a fairytale. There might be little arguments and disagreements. There might also be that moment when you or bae will need your space at least for a while. Use this opportunity to visit places you wanted to see, go for a meal, explore the beach, shop or do something cool.

Have a relaxing day at the spa

Nothing spells bonding than two people in love indulging in a couple’s massage. This relaxes you while it provides you two time to just enjoy the company of each other with very few words.

Go on strolls and watch the sunset/ sunrise

Nothing says romance than holding hands with your significant other while walking the shows of a turquoise blue sea with sun rising or setting. This is simply picturesque!

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Staycation

When you get tired of all the activities and the outings, you can take a day out and just stay in bed. Indulge in each other, talk about your feelings, plan the future, etc. Just stay indoors and order room service.

Pack some adult games

Pick up some adult games for the days and nights you two decide to stay in.

Go Dancing or take a dance lesson

If you visit a country or city that loves dancing and take dancing seriously, use the opportunity to learn some dance moves and then go dancing to show off your moves.

Take photos

Make sure to capture all your moments together or apart. Share on Instagram with hashtag #baecation, print them out or keep them in your couple album.

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Take the baecation up a notch

If you still have time and can easily explore the country’s neighbouring countries and cities, do it! Travel for so many hours to see the perfect beach, monument, mountains etc. Just get on a bus, a car, or a train and go see it with bae. Time flies by and if this opportunity has presented itself, take it!

PS: You and bae must stay off your phones and enjoy your time together.

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What To Pack For Your Baecation

Your baecation destination has been decided on and you are now wondering what to pack? First make a packing checklist so you will not leave anything behind. While working on this packing check list, take a look at our list and why we believe the below should be packed for your baecation.

Swimsuits and sunscreen

For the beach, poolside, island hopping or water sports, swimsuits are a must-have for you two. Though it is mad fun lying in the sun, would be a better option to apply some sunscreen before doing so.

Sunglasses

For comfort, protection and to class up your outfit or to spy other guys without bae realising.

Trainers / Sneakers

Wherever you may find yourself, you should find the time to exercise (go for a run, hit the gym or do a bit of stretches). So, pack some trainers and workout outfits.

Comfortable Shoes

We all know beauty is pain but not on your baecation. Pack some really comfortable shoes for those days when you and bae wake up feeling adventurous.

Scented lotions and oils

These would be perfect for massages and just feeling each other out.

Games

A board game, deck of cards or dating games may sound boring but think of all the many ways you can spice things up.

Camera

Capture all the beautiful moments, landscapes to create memories wherever you go. Or you can just use your phone if you feel a camera would be too bulky.

Toiletries

You may never know when they will come in handy. Pack some tissues, hand wipes and sanitizers.

Blankets and snacks

If your baecation is a roadtrip, would be great to bring a blanket for chilly nights on the road and some snacks to munch on.

Gift for bae

Whether the baecation is a special occasion or not, you would want to bring a small gift to say thank you or act as a reminder for the time you two spent on the trip.

Extra packing tips for her

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When it comes to clothing, it would be great to pack simple but versatile basics into one bag that is if it is a weekend getaway. But as your baecation would be longer, you can include various other items. So. the below are must-haves for every woman on a baecation.

You will need;

  • Day outfits for exploring (this could be trousers, shorts, t-shirt or shirts or blouses, flats, sunglasses, shoulder bag or crossbody purse).
  • A date night out (slip or form fitting dress, low heels or wedges, clutch and a jacket) for a flirtatious evening.
  • In addition to your swimsuits, you will need shorts or lacy cover-ups, flats, hat, tote or straw basket.
  • Painting the town red, bar hopping etc., you will need pants with low heels and a classy top (sequins should be amazing with a jacket).
  • Pick the right lingerie for each day / night. See-throughs, lace, anything sexy but not uncomfortable.
  • Simple accessories or you can always go for those that make a statement. Depends on you and your destination.

 

Makeup Kits

It does not really matter where you go, makeup is a must pack for every woman. Just stick to the essentials – waterproof mascara and eyeliner, light foundation, lipstick and gloss, makeup remover and highlighter.

Money

Usually on baecations, your man does most of the paying. He will take care of dinner, activities, transportation, shopping and souvenirs etc. Although you should expect this, it would be really nice of you to treat him to some really cool stuff and for unexpected money situations.

Extra packing tips for him

You may want to pack;

  • Cool shorts or jeans and t-shirts for exploring during the day. Throw in a beach hat.
  • Flats will come in handy when chilling by the poolside or lazing about at the beach.
  • Pack shirts comfortable enough for sightseeing and/ or sharp for the evening.
  • Pack several clean / new underwear. Yes! Something cool, fresh and most importantly clean.
  • Do not forget to pack extra socks and really cool shoes or trainers for date nights or bar hopping.
  • A jacket for when it is chilly or when she is chilly. Will score you some points.

 

NB: These are the essentials for a baecation but do not forget to bring any items that you would normally bring on a trip.

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