The Black Tramp

  • Saving Black Boys, Fixing White Girls, Partying, and King’s Day

    I’m sitting in the hostel lobby, knowing if I had a bigger, thicker coat, I’d hit the streets and walk until a stranger gave me a ride back. But it’s fucking cold, and I’ve had too much food over the last few days, and too many milk products today...
  • Oslo, Norway?! No Way!

    A bad play on words, I’m aware. But wow! No way this city is this amazing. Where is the ugliness? The parts that remind me of summers in Detroit (not on my grandma’s street, but those streets me and my cousins would bike just to feel good about out...
  • Who’s Driving You?

    Not long ago I’ve learned the importance of making friends with taxi drivers. Each time I travel, I try to make a few changes to make it less of a hassle for myself. My bags have become smaller, and sometimes non existent, and I prefer to show up in...
  • Things To Remember When Traveling

    Things To Remember: 1. Someone in McDonalds will speak English 2. Pret A Manger, Starbucks, McDonalds have free wifi 3. Most major airports are open 24 hours if you are in desperate need of a place to sleep 4. Ignorance exists EVERYWHERE, no matter how beautiful the country 5....
  • My Fear & The Hostel Girl

    I was standing in the hostel hallway in Elephant and Castle and a south Englander asked “Where are you from?” I told her New York, because Virginia isn’t as fancy or exciting, and eyes light up when they hear New York. She blurts out “All you fucking Americans in...
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  • I Smelled All-A-Be-Damned

    10.3.13 – 3:00AM For the last four hours I’ve smelled like a bum’s pocket. We’ve been good the last few days with no deodorant, but today, I lost the battle. Too much moving around, in and out of hot and cool, and there it was…the smell. I smelled like...
  • I Love Hostels. Not The Movies.

    Hostels: I highly recommend hostels. They are great ways to meet others who are traveling the world. Listen to their stories, their Do’s and Don’ts, their nightmare situations, and places to avoid. In Barcelona I shared a room with 15 others, all strangers, and had an amazing time, and...
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