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Travel Itch…

Having been fortunate to have wandered a bit around the globe, both as a footloose and single chic and presently as a married lady with a husband who also has a nomadic spirit; as a matter of fact, his loose feet are far worse than mine, I must say without any hesitation that traveling is an education in itself. Travel quote

It is a worthwhile venture, though it can be expensive to do so.

Something that I realized is that some of the things which we spend money on, and which we forget as soon as that expense has been made, can be given up and the money set aside for a bit of exploring.

These days I noticed that I am keen to go discovering, but for shorter periods at a time. The hassles involved in migrating are no mean feat and I speak from vast experience.

Maybe my nesting senses are kicking in as I grow older and with the children growing older as well, it gets a bit disruptive to up and go because it entails a whole lot of changes, from accommodation, to mobility to new school, to a new culture etc.

It surprises me at times, at how my children have blended into the various societies that they have had to live in and how they make friends so quickly, that most times before I can say hello, I am having friends mothers call my phone to invite them for one do or the other. We are rolling stones but we tend to gather a lot of moss as we go along 🙂

I believe that the opportunity of having lived in very diverse environments definitely gives one a broader sense of understanding, exposure, knowledge, adaptability and so much more.

That said, there are some places that have been on my mind to visit for a good vacation time and I hope that in the near future, I will be able to scratch these travel itches.

I would love to visit so many places and see so many things but if I were to start right now, these would be my first five:

  1. The Fiji Islands
  2. New Zealand
  3. Prague
  4. Morocco
  5. Scandinavia – Sweden, Finland, Norway

Visiting a lot of the ancient and World Heritage places all over, like the Great Barrier Reef, The Wall of China, Machu Picchu etc. would just be awesome.

Time will tell how these things go.

“Traveling leaves you speechless, then it turns you into a storyteller.” Ibn Batutta

”I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” Susan Sontag

”Once a year, go some place that you have never been before.” Dalai Lama

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

The Daily Post prompt The Wanderer

Tell us about the top five places you’ve always wanted to visit.

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NIGERIA my NAIJA!…. Celebrating a Nation

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The Nigerian National Anthem rendered by BEYONCE

To My Country..

Nigeria I hail you!
My very own dear homeland!
The land of the rising sun!
The Blessed one among many others!

In abundance of resources, You are blessed!
You are destined for greatness!
The land of the valiant and the wise!
Of diversity and different tongues!

We have seen many ups and downs!
We have shared many scary times!
Yet the arms of He that holds all!
Has sustained You as a Nation!

You have crawled!
You have toddled!
Now it’s time to walk!
Walk away from ashes of regrettable past!

Away from corruption that tightens its strangling noose around our necks!
Away from Tribalism and Nepotism!
Away from Terrorism a culture strange to us!
Into the Light, may you walk and shine!

55 is a middle aged man!
May your new days be brighter than the last!
May your fruits of tomorrow be sweeter than yesterdays!
May harbinger’s of discord and disunity be far from you!

For you are the land of the blessed and the brave!
Pick up your mantle and walk!
With pride and without Prejudice!
I am Nigerian! I am proud!

NAIJA FOR LIFE….Happy 55th Independence

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha