TheBlackTramp

  • Intersections & Second Chances & Good Food: Paris

    As a wanderer, I love getting lost. The way my heart beats when nothing around me is familiar is amazing. Strangers must become friends for a few minutes, and everything in sight becomes a tool that might be needed in the escape. After the ticket is purchased, I rarely...
  • Down To The Minute & Other Things

    5 grown people. 1 alarm no one heard. And a bus that would undoubtedly pull out of Victoria Coach Station at 10:30am on-the-dot. Some crazy dream about a car and a sex-crazed woman cracked my eyes open at 9:55, and after staring at my phone for 3 minutes trying...
  • How You Goin’ Be Mad On Vacation?

    We spent day two at sea, and while I loved it, hoping to see whales, dolphins, flying fish and sea lions, and maybe even a mermaid, I saw others who were anxious, upset, silent, and sitting with the boo-boo face. They were ready to get to Cabo, our first...
  • Lost In Mazatlan

    I met a few locals against better advice due to some folks visiting the city and literally losing their heads. The power of social media, and my sometimes crazy habit of trusting everyone from the start had me picked up from downtown and taken all across the city to...
  • 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...
  • I Was Unable To Shop Like Rick Ross

    “I just landed in Europe, *****. Shopping bags, I’m a tourist, *****. Money talks, I speak fluent, *****.” – Rick Ross (Fuckwithmeyouknowigotit) While I believe Rick Ross is an issue, I also appreciate his subtle way of telling us that because he’s able to shop in Europe, he’s rich....
  • 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...
  • Moscow To Brussels: Things To Know

    12 hour in Moscow without being able to escape the airport was enough. There aren’t enough terminals or private areas to make me care about saving the amount of money I saved on this trip by making Moscow my layover. Again, I didn’t have a visa. But I will...