Sunday, May 26, 2013

Highlights from my trip to Mexico (In Pictures...mostly)

I enjoyed my time in Mexico and I'm glad I got to remember what endeared me to each place I visited while I was there. There is distinction and singularity in each of these places, emphasizing the diversity of peoples, cultures and even geography.

An old, mysterious wonder 
upon whose face the ocean 
splashes its kisses

Isla Mujeres:
Cabanas on white sands
gentle breeze whistles
whilst caressing tall palm trees

Hot, windy, crowdy
sophisticated and expensive
zona hotelera

Chichen Itza:
Old, majestic reverence
say a prayer here?
you just might
Brick by brick, a culture lives on

Romantic midnight
Here lives a delight that rushes
through the wind
and into your heart
To you, Merida, I stay partial

Flirty, fun and friendly
A village once stood here
And here it remains...without its people

A world of people
A hallowed heritage
A world of colors
Red, green, yellow and blue

A time well spent, in a place well deserved.

Friday, May 24, 2013

I am Still As I was

yesterday, I became American.
i do not feel any less Nigerian than I have been.
nor do I feel any more American than I should.
i do feel an addition of some sort, however.
it's a thought, an essence.
yet, I am not changed. I am not different
yesterday, I became American
today, I am still American
today, I am still Nigerian

Monday, May 20, 2013

Happy Birthday to me + First Solo International Trip Ever!

I turned 27 about a week and a half ago and I wanted to mark it in a different way. In the past, I usually go out with friends and have dinner with my family. Since grad school, I have spent my birthdays in lab working. I know.

So, I decided to go on my first solo international trip ever (which turned out to be not completely solo....but life a refreshingly good way). I took the plunge, despite some of my friends and family indignation about solo traveling. I chose a place that I knew I would find interesting and will capture my attention for a week. So, yeah, no beachy resorts here ;).

So, where did I go? Mexico. To be specific, the states of Quintana Roo, Yucatรกn and Campeche.

Why Mexico? You ask. 

Well, it's close, it's cheap, it's convenient.

My birthday (or birth week as I spent the week of my birthday there) was most enjoyable and fun.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Here, There, Everywhere and Nowhere

I have worked.

 I have played.

 I have traveled.

And I have procrastinated while doing these things. I am back on my blog and will write again as I have in the past.