My Trip To Sweden.

This is a continuation of my previous  post,

 https://sinakodjo.wordpress.com/2017/06/02 if you have not read it yet, please do so.

I checked in at Paris Orly and waited for awhile (30 minutes) before boarding because my flight was delayed.

I flew with Norwegian Airlines and paid €38 for my air ticket.When flying with any airline, please visit the airline’s website and thoroughly read their flight details and baggage requirements.It varies from airline to airline,there are similarities but also variations.

So for example for  hand luggage, Norwegian Airlines allow liquids in maximum 100ml containers,all the containers must be put in ONE resealable transparent bag or Ziploc bag of maximum 1 litre.

Guess what people?

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone is not allowed on the flight. Imagine if you had not read the conditions of carriage and had your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 during check-in, it would have been confiscated!

Just spare yourself the trouble; please read the baggage conditions before you arrive at the airport, especially if you are not a frequent traveler.

My flight was relatively cheap because,I did not choose my seat on the flight(that costs €12 ), I traveled with just my hand luggage(of maximum weight 10kg) and lastly because I chose the economy class.On Norwegian Airlines, there is no charge on your hand luggage so yes! I took advantage of this and packed for a three week trip into my hand luggage. I have learnt to pack light and to pick only the essentials.

My seat was closest to the aisle and there was a lady on my row in the window seat but the seat between us was empty. She decided to move into an empty seat by her friend two rows away.Before the plane took off,I was in the window seat because thankfully she had moved.I just couldn’t help but smile.God knows I love window seats and the view from above.
The flight from Paris Orly to Copenhagen was for about 2 hours.It was a smooth​ trip.Thank you Norwegian airlines.

Aerial view of France.

Copenhagen from above.

By midnight,I was at the Copenhagen airport and my friend came to pick me up.We picked the train from the airport and in less than 25 minutes we were in Malmö, Sweden.


I spent most of my time at the World Maritime University’s Bistrot,writing blog posts,eating and watching movies.Everyone at WMU was so kind to me.Thank you to everyone who gave me their bus card to use at a point,that gesture melted my heart.

I ate so much in Malmö,thanks to Nico,Nicolas and Elsa,the chefs at the School’s Bistrot.They are very kind and friendly.You guys are the best and the food was crème de la crème.Thank you so much.

I met people from all over the world in Sweden and I made new friends.This is Shahn,my witty and funny Indian friend who does not mince his words and who cooks so well.

I was invited to a Filipino feast at Helsingborg and that was an adventure on its own,we missed our train stop and mysteriously could not find Manny,but we finally reached our destination.The party was incredible,we ate,danced,played,we had a ball! 

I have never been to the beach on a rainy day,but Sweden made it happen.After Church,I had a picnic with my hostess Theodicy and her Swedish host family.We drove to the beach and had an amazing time in the rain.I even did the #Ladder Challenge in the ocean.Thank you Ralf and Lotte.

I had lunch with four beautiful and intelligent women from;Nambia,South Africa and Ghana.I tried the Swedish meat balls with berry sauce and potatoes,it was so good.

Sweden is a beautiful country and the Swedes are friendly people; from the transport  controllers to the bus drivers to random people on the streets to shopkeepers. Everyone says “Hej” or “Hej Hej”(it has the same prononciation and translation as “hey” in English.) I noticed that people are very polite here,they greet on the bus and say “Tack” (thank you) to the bus driver when they get off.

I enjoyed every single day and cherish all the special memories.Sweden,please continue to make the Wi-Fi on the buses fast and accessible to the public,we love it.Sweden,I love your blend of modern and traditional architecture,you do it so well.

I could hardly take my eyes off the sunset and the bridges over the rivers in town.

I just had a hard time with the strong winds of Sweden.Whoosh,it was super windy on a few days and at a point,the wind almost blew me away.

To my hostess and big sister Theodicy, thank you so much for allowing me to invade your space.You shared your friends, classmates,money,food and room with me.I thank God for your life and thank you for having me over.I love you a lot and the bonding was necessary!

Thank you for reading,

Love, Esasina.xoxo.

My student-friendly travel adventure.

I’m that young​ lady who loves shopping,but I would rather travel the world in one t-shirt than sit in my room and shop for clothes from all over the world.

Boy Oh Boy!

I love to travel.

Before I came to France,my family and I had made about 2 trips to Europe,I was so young I can’t even remember. Daddy promised us a few family trips to Kenya,South Africa and to Europe,but life happened,he got really sick and unfortunately died. Mummy is still carrying the family trip vision in her heart,I believe it will soon happen,God is faithful.

When it happens,I will totally keep you all posted.Kisses to my readers.

I follow travel blogs,travel accounts on Facebook and on Instagram.Seeing people share different stories from all over the world stirs up a lot of excitement in my heart especially from Africa because it is such a beautiful continent.

I’ve a prayer and thanksgiving wall here in France,it has my testimonies, prayer requests,my favourite ​Bible verses and a photo of my Daddy.I’m inspired every morning by my wall.

It is easy to create!

Please create one and send me photos.xoxo

On my prayer wall I have a prayer  request, “God,I want to travel to … (a list of countries I want to visit).Sweden was one of the countries on my prayer wall guys!! Yes it was.

A friend from Ghana, studying in Sweden contacted me on Instagram​ asking me to visit her after my exams.

Look at God!!

Just out of the blue…

He knows His children inside out and always comes through for us,the  Bible tells us in the book of Philippians,the Message version,

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”

Philippians 4:6‭-‬7 MSG.



It is easier said than done you know!

When my bank account is not smiling as much as I am but I know that, if God be for me,who can be against me?

Can my current bank account? The hustle of traveling from Nancy to Sweden? The frantic search for cheap fares? Or the hustle of packing everything I need for a two week trip into my small bag (hand luggage​ is free so I had to be wise.)
 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31 NIV



THE FRANTIC SEARCH.

Nancy,where I live,does not have an international airport so my options were to go to Paris, Strasbourg,Luxembourg or Metz for my trip to Sweden. My aim was to look for cheap flights ONLY,I was working with a tight budget.

I spent hours online,taking notes and looking for the best deal.My plan was,from Nancy to Metz by train,Metz to Paris by car (Blablacar),Paris to Paris Orly by métro and bus,Paris Orly to Copenhagen by flight and Copenhagen Airport to Malmö (30 minutes by train).

From Nancy to Metz was free because I had a free train pass from a friend.I travelled from Metz to Paris with the carpooling app, Blablacar, which connects drivers and passengers  willing to travel together between cities and sharing the cost of the journey.

Please visit www.blablacar.com for more details.

In Paris,I used the métro which was €1.90 from Porte de Bagnolet to Denfert-Rochereau, picked an Orly bus from Denfert Rochereau-Métro-RER to Paris Orly.The bus pass to Paris Orly was €8,which is pretty expensive but yes,Welcome to Paris !!!

If you are a student and you love to travel,look these sites up ASAP. You will find deals that will leave you gaping.Please visit the following:

www.kayak.com

www.skyscanner.com

www.easyjet.com

www.ryanair.com

www.norwegian.com

I paid €38 for my flight from Paris Orly to Copenhagen.

A quick tip, please book in ADVANCE!!

After booking a flight,download the airline’s phone app if one is available on Google Play Store or App Store.I advise you create an account on the phone app for easy access to your travel details.

Many airlines give travellers with accounts travel rewards.

So enjoy!

It’s all up to you though…



FOOD.

Unless I am fasting,I love to eat so before I went on my trip,I shopped for juice,bananas, biscuit and baguette (French bread) and made a tomato-tuna sandwich with a generous amount of mustard and ketchup.I was ready to weather the hunger storm that I knew would hit my stomach later.


I got to Paris Orly at 5pm,4 solid hours before departure time.You can’t blame me,that happens when you have to pay for your own flight.

As I waited,I munched on my two bananas and croissants.Food from airports are remarkably expensive so my home-made snack was helpful.
TRAVEL-FRIENDLY AIRPORT​.

I applaud Paris Orly for their neat washrooms with full length mirrors,diaper changing tables for babies and charging ports.The washrooms are disability friendly.I took countless selfies in the washroom,blame it on  Paris Orly airport.

 

 

The Wi-Fi connection is impressively fast and there are phone charging stations too for different types of phones.

Thank you for reading.

In my next post,I will share how my flight on Norwegian airlines went.

Love,Esasina xoxo

Let’s get Metzy!!

I’m not a big fan of birds but I enjoyed watching the swans gracefully glide on the Moselle river.We had ice cream and walked to the Centre Ville (city centre) which has beautiful architecture.The blend of ancient and modern architecture is what makes Metz a beauty to behold.

Last week Friday​,I spontaneously (very typical of me) decided to travel to Metz.I checked online for the cheapest fare(using the Blablacar and Flixbus phone apps and eventually on the Goeuro website too.)If you don’t what these are, please check them out and thank me later.
Metz is 45 minutes to an hour away from Nancy.I found a good deal on Blablacar for €5.00 and allons-y!! Unfortunately,the dropoff point was about 7 stops away so I bought a bus pass and headed to the centre.

My amazing friend Samantha who lives in Metz gave me an incroyable tour and did not hesitate to capture my moments.Don’t I just love her!

 

 

She took me to the governor’s palace in Metz and just when we were about to take more pictures,a female soldier came out of the palace and said “Excuse-moi,vous pouvez pas prendre les photos ici.” We quickly walked away towards Place de Chambres and headed to the park for a walk.

I’m not a big fan of birds but I enjoyed watching the swans gracefully glide on the Moselle river.We had ice cream and walked to the Centre Ville (city centre) which has beautiful architecture.The blend of ancient and modern architecture is what makes Metz a beauty to behold.

Centre Ville is where most of the shops,bistrots, restaurants, hotels and cafes are found,it was a sunny day so everyone was out in the sun.But of course! Who stays indoors when it is above 30°C?

 

 

I kept seeing metal triangular plates with different designs engraved on them.Samantha revealed to me that,the signs led to the different tourist sites (don’t mind my dirty footwear.)Which I thought was a really cool idea.

 

 

 

The next stop was towards the Old town,where there are narrow roads and a number of historical​ sites.I took delight in walking down the Old Town, it’s romantic even when you do it alone or with your friend.

 

 

Porte des Allemands was worth the walk but unfortunately,we could not enter  the property.We crossed the castle bridge and took more pictures.

 

 

 

 

We went to Gare de Metz and I must say,it was very neat and traveler-friendly.I appreciate gares (train stations) with clean washrooms, spacious waiting areas and Free Wi-Fi connection; traveling is sometimes stressful so it is a sigh of relief to any traveler to see these.I find it totally cool that,most gares in France have a piano in the waiting area for travelers to de-stress.

 

 

Before our long tour ended,we went to the Metz Cathedral and I was awed by its grandeur, amazing architecture and inspiring stained glass windows.It is a beauty.

 

 

 

I slept over at Samantha’s and woke up to this as breakfast.Thank you so much Samantha for being the best hostess ever.Kisses.

 

 

Every Saturday,there is an open market close to the Cathedral so just before I left Metz,I visited the open market.I found stalls for Tout! (Everything),from fruits to flowers to cheese to meat to clothes to books to,you name it!! Everything was on display at the Saturday market.

 

 

 

 

I enjoyed my trip to Metz and I will definitely be back soon.

In two days,I got Metzy!!

Thank you for reading,

Love,Esasina.xoxox

The beautiful rose with thorns

On a daily basis,there are a billion and one things that can crash my spirit, but I make a conscious decision to smile everyday no matter what.

On days when the common kitchen is dirty because some adults can’t clean up after their mess,

On days when I go for interviews and I am assured by the employer that I’ve got the job but,no one gets back to me or replies my emails,

On days when I want to be physically present but it’s only the phone that keeps us connected,

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On days when I am out in the cold and  have to wait  20 minutes for the next bus,

On days when the Wi-Fi  in my room has a mind of its own,

On days when I want to shop but my bank account is not supporting the vision,

On days when I need a hug only my Mummy can give,

On days when I need a massage but end up in bed with none,

On days when I run for the tram or bus and watch it literally move away,

On days when I am reminded that I am  black “Noire”, thank you for stating the obvious,

On days when the skies are grey and not even my spirit is gay.

On those days…

I talk to myself,

Act out a play,

Look in the mirror and make faces,

Tell myself jokes and laugh out loud,

Turn up the music and dance,

Listen to a sermon,

Crawl into bed and sleep,

Read a book,

Go for a walk,

Or  prepare a Ghanaian meal.

It’s great to travel,don’t get me wrong but there is another side to being away from home.It is like admiring a beautiful red rose from a garden,breaking it off from its shrub and getting your finger pricked.

My rose is worth holding and admiring despite the blood I see oozing from my finger,that’s exactly how I feel.

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I did not see all these coming,but I am glad I went through this season. I have settled down beautifully  in France,too bad I will be leaving soon but truth be told,France has toughened me up.

I thought I was tough enough until the storms started to wage,I have learnt to smile through it all.

I have learnt to soldier on even when I don’t feel like it.

Believe you me,I am a better person thanks to highs and lows,the discomfort and comfort.God has also been faithful,for that,I am grateful.

I look forward to saving and going on many more trips,it is worth it all!

Thank you France.

Love,Esasina…xoxo.

Maman,je t’aime <3

My teacher went on and on about how I easily always got distracted and how I never finished my exercises.I was just dreading my Mummy’s next move because that woman is unpredictable.

She had a stern look on her face that screamed!

Esasina,wait till we get home.

When I was in Ridge Church School,at the end of every term,we had Opening Day.Opening Day was a day for parents to see how well their wards had performed over the academic term.

I hated Opening Day!

In primary school,I was the “below average” student.

“Padikwor Padikwor!! Your Mummy is here!” my classmate shouted from the classroom’s corridor.

My heart began to race so I put my head on my desk just when I saw her.

Good afternoon Padikwor’s Mummy” my classmates said in unison as they all rose to their feet.

Mummy replied “Good afternoon,how are you all?

We are fine thank you” and they all sat down.

My heart was still racing as Mummy walked to my desk.She went through every single exercise book of mine,asked me why I did not do my correction for the exercises I got wrong,pinched me every time she saw “INCOMPLETE WORK” on a page.Growing up,I would rather escort a friend to buy FanPop (ice cream) than finish my classwork,and afterwards when the exercise had been erased off the blackboard,I would proudly hand in my incomplete work.My priorities were not right.

After looking through all my exercise books,we walked to my class teacher’s desk.My report card was given to her.

My report card read…

TEACHER’S REMARK: Esasina is a talkative and she is easily distracted.She is smart but must learn to be focused.

POSITION: 32nd out of 41

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My teacher went on and on about how I easily always got distracted and how I never finished my exercises.I was just dreading my Mummy’s next move because that woman is unpredictable.

She had a stern look on her face that screamed!

Esasina,wait till we get home.

I will beat the madness out of you when we get home.

Esasina,when will you sit up?

Esasina,I’m disappointed.

When we got home,she caned me.Oh yes,she gave me a good spanking and I cried a great deal,that was my last term in primary school,class 6.

The next term I was in Junior High School, and thankfully there was progress.I moved to the 13th position and worked my way into the first ten zone after a few academic terms.

As I grew older,my Mummy stopped using the cane but her mouth took over.

Mummy,please next week I have a movie date with Dayne,” I said.

Mummy,“Okay.”

A week goes by…after constantly reminding her of my date with Dayne.

“Mummy,please I am going to the mall for my movie date,see you soon.”

“Esasina,make sure you come home before 6pm.

I walk back to her room and explain that the movie starts at 5pm so it will be impossible to be home before 6pm.She listens to my explanation and repeats,be home before 6pm Esasina.

I go to the mall and eventually just hang out with Dayne without watching our movie and  I get home before 6pm.

Upon arrival,Mummy asks,“Esasina,how was the movie date?”

I look at her in shock,“We did not watch any movie,I had to be back before 6pm like you said.”

I love my Mummy a lot,through all the scolding,spanking and over-protectiveness,I am more than grateful to her.

Esasina,change into your nightie before you sleep!

Esasina ,close the door gently.

Esasina,use your common sense…

Now that I am miles away it is…

Esasina,have you eaten?

Esasina,lock your door before you sleep.

Esasina,pray before you sleep.

Esasina,make sure you cover up and wear your winter jacket.

Esasina,I love you so much,learn hard and make us all proud.

YES MUMMY,I WILL DO JUST THAT.

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Happy Mothers’ day to all those playing motherly roles.God bless you and keep you all.Happy Mothers’ day to all the mothers in heaven.

“Maman,je t’aime” means Mummy I love you.

KINDLY FOLLOW BACK!!!

Gentleman or lady, if I find your account fascinating, believe you me, I WILL FOLLOW BACK!

It is pretty annoying to see such messages in my inbox or on my wall.

I just hope that people will learn to allow me to at least choose who I want to follow or not on social media.

I have met many great people,discovered amazing opportunities and built lasting bonds via social media.

Social media is a great tool,but there are some trends I find irritating…

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“KINDLY FOLLOW BACK !!!”

Gentleman or lady, if I find your account fascinating, believe you me, I WILL FOLLOW BACK!

It is pretty annoying to see such messages in my inbox or on my wall.

I just hope that people will learn to allow me to at least choose who I want to follow or not on social media.

 

Secondly, when someone accepts your friend request or follows you back it does not automatically advance you to being best friends with the person.

Learn to develop friendship over time.

It’s amazing how strangers send a “hi” every time they see me online or out of the blue, go on and on about their day and what they ate without me asking.

On the contrary,I have had strangers open up to me because of a Facebook or blog post I shared.I appreciate that a lot; when people are encouraged or inspired by something I post or share.It’s humbling.

 

Next,you don’t need my mobile number to keep our Facebook or Instagram friendship going.

Some friendships are better cultivated on just Messenger or via direct messaging. Whilst some friendships have had Messenger and direct messaging as their foundation and progressed from there.

Please if you ask for someone’s number and the person declines,do not be offended.It is in your best interest sometimes,most people are more reserved in real life and keep to their inner circles only.You can’t  have everyone’s mobile number.

 

Lastly,please put a stop to this one 😦

Immediately someone accepts your friend request, don’t send this.

“I love you Baby Girl.Be my woman.”

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Please why?

PLEASE, DON’T DO THAT!

Why do you want this to be the first message you send to me when I don’t even know your name.

It’s awkward for some of us to see such messages flood our inboxes.

 

I hope things change for the better in my inbox and yours too.Thank you to all those who encourage me and give constructive criticism in my inbox.

Love,

Esasina. xoxo.

International Babysitter

Hi my lovely readers,Gosh!! I have really missed you all.

So here you go!!

Spring break started on 10th April and trust me,I had nothing special planned.I got a call from the mother of the baby I babysat in December and she asked if I could come to Switzerland to babysit​ her son.

It was a 6 hour bus ride from Nancy to Strasbourg and then to Switzerland.I love the countryside and beautiful view of nature.The fields are ready for planting  and the flowers are flaunting their colourful petals.The cattle are grazing in the fields.Spring such a beauty!

FAST FORWARD….

I got to Switzerland and I was given directions to a hotel.At the reception,I was directed to the hotel room.God knows I love children,but babysitting in a top-class hotel in Switzerland is something I didn’t see coming.

I get to sleep in a top-class hotel in Switzerland for three days with breakfast,get paid for babysitting, babysit an adorable little angel and read when he falls asleep.

God has custome-made answers to the prayers of His children,I kid you not! My friend said I am an “international babysitter.”…Lool! I am glad for the opportunity to work in a comfortable environment and to get paid doing what I love during my spring break.

Happy Easter from the International Babysitter…Lool. Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

Love,

Esasina xoxo

How good has March been?

We were all coping with the cold and protecting ourselves against the extremely cold weather until,one day in March,this happened.

Hi my dear readers,I hope you are doing well.

March!

March!!

March!!!

Today is the last day of this month,and mine oh mine!March has been good to me.

When the snow and cold of winter hit Nancy(where I live in France),I was not amused one bit.

I had to wear jackets upon jackets,long sleeved shirts,thermal wear,cardigans… You name it! The cold turned Nancy into a quiet,gloomy place,it was obvious, Everyone was indoors with their heaters  on.

The streets were deserted.

The birds stopped singing.

The trees shed off all their leaves.

We were all coping with the cold and protecting ourselves against the extremely cold weather until,one day in March,this happened.

February failed at being a sunny month.March did us the honours with sunshine,blue skies,plane lines, beautiful sunset and late sunrise.

It was such a relief to us all to have sunshine and to welcome Spring officially.The spring clothing filled the streets and everyone had sunglasses on.

My window’s view of the sunrise each morning gave me enough motivation to get out of bed even before my alarm clock rang.

I love how everything is alive this month,the birds keep singing,the flowers are budding and blossoming,everyone seems happier,the bees are humming,and the trees are green again…

It is a beautiful sight to behold!
I imagined my birthday was going to be a boring day because I was away from home (Ghana).It was going to be my first birthday away from my family,friends and everyone I love.To my surprise,I enjoyed my day and it was one of my best birthdays ever.My friends in France made my day and my Ghanaian people showered me with so much love,food and gifts.Awww,I was humbled by all your well-wishes,prayers that came from all across the world..I love you all.Thank you and God bless you.

Guess what guys?

I found a huge supermarket that sells produce from all over the world at relatively low prices.The supermarket is called “Grand Frais” and I was so excited to have discovered it.

My mouth took a trip to Ghana a number of times with Boiled yam and tuna tomato sauce,Beans stew with fried plantain and Boiled unripe plantain with Palava sauce(spinach stew).These meals are better said in my local dialect but let me just leave things as they are.

I have been praying to God for some Christian books,books by Karen Kingsbury,Joshua Harris and the “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Smalley.

This week on a WhatsApp platform,a lady sent two of the books  in PDF,”The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Smalley and “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” by Joshua Harris.

*Doing the Victory dance* …

I am job-hunting and still trusting God because, Romans 8:28(NIV) says,”And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Have an amazing my Loves.

With love,Esasina xxxx

22 things I am thankful for before 23.

In a few minutes,I will be 23 years old (eiii,why is time flying so fast? I feel so old!).Anyway,I decided to do a blog post on the 22 things I am thankful for(in no particular order).

It is 11:46pm here in France and I am sitting on my bed listening to “Owawani” by Joe Mettle .

In a few minutes,I will be 23 years old (eiii,why is time flying so fast? I feel so old!).Anyway,I decided to do a blog post on the 22 things I am thankful for(in no particular order).

Here we Go!

1.I am thankful for growth.

2.I am thankful for laughter.I love hearing myself laugh .Learn to laugh !

3.I am thankful for pictures and memories.I am holding on to these till we meet face-to-face.

4.I am thankful for  my Mummy and my big sister.My support system…Je vous aime !!

5.I am thankful for social media.For all the amazing personalities I have met and all the things I have learnt here,I say thank you.

6.I am thankful for all my new homes away from home.Family is not only those you are related to by blood,they are the strangers who open up their homes and hearts to you without holding back.

7.I am thankful for Church,my church in France,Un Chant Nouveau.A church that is on fire for God and that loves God.

8.I am thankful for distance,it has pushed me to be innovative and tested my character in a many good ways.

9.I am thankful for my teachers,my classmates and school in general.I always look forward to going to school and I have never missed a day.The teachers are très sympas (really cool.)

10.I am thankful for the opportunity to blog.Blogging has been a fantastic journey so far.

11.I am thankful for my discipline when it comes to shopping.

12.I am thankful for the miraculous skill of managing my money(it surprises me sometimes.)

13.I am thankful for my habit of exercising (Yes,slim people need to exercise too) and eating healthy.At least twice a week I either go for aerobics,boxing,”Energym” or the Zumba dance session at the Sports Center in my school.)

14.I am thankful for a phone that works perfectly well and has AMAZING camera quality.

15.I am thankful for my friends,the ones who pick up my calls even when they are tired,the ones who keep in touch despite their busy schedules.Even my MIA (Missing in action) friends,I appreciate you too.

16.I am thankful for tears,because I wiped them all away and purposed in my heart to smile again.

17.I am thankful for the opportunity to travel around and to visit new places  (bus,tram,train,metro,car and plane).

18.I am thankful for good health.

19.I am thankful for food.I have tried many new dishes and have experimented with a few recipes,it is the way to go! Be open to try dishes from other countries.

20.I am thankful for good conversation.Everyone claims I am a talkative,but well,maybe they are right.I just enjoy good, mind stimulating conversation.

21.I am thankful for answered prayers.God has been faithful to me,He has moved mountains for me.

22.I am thankful for you.
“As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord ’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.”

Psalm 18:30 NIV.

GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS OH LORD MY FATHER!

EBEN-EZER,Thus far hath The Lord brought me.

The Good Samaritans in Antibes.

You don’t easily come across people who are willing to host you in their home,feed you with good Ghanaian food,take you on tours,pay for your train and bus tickets and eventually, make you a member of their family.

​Hey my dear readers,I have missed you all.Yes,I know it’s been awhile and I am sorry,but lately,school work is taking up a lot more of my time.Mais ça va aller (but it is well.)

We are In March!!

My favourite month of the year.I am more than excited about the great things God has in store for us all in this month.Lent has started and I am encouraging you to make a conscious effort to spend quality time in seeking the face of God,He loves to hear from you.

My winter break in February was an amazing time and I am here to share all that happened ,as well as photos(wink wink).

You don’t easily come across people who are willing to host you in their home,feed you with good Ghanaian food,take you on tours,pay for your train and bus tickets and eventually, make you a member of their family.

Yes!! by God’s grace,I had the whole package and so much love as the cherry on top.I lived in Antibes with a family of 5.

I visited Port Vauban and Old Town in Antibes with Nii (host Dad) he was a good tour guide and photographer too.Everyone knows that I love photos.I appreciate it when people take good pictures of me.I mean,the angles should be right and not blurry,and at least be good at capturing my jumps too.Lool,I know right! It’s important. Nii was all that and more.

My high jump by the beach

I enjoyed walking along the clean beach and the biggest port in Europe,unfortunately all the ships had docked so we could not get on any of them.

But I posed for pictures!!
Nii and I in a selfie

We walked to the Old Town, grabbed a snack,explored the place and took more photos.

Smile !!!

 The next morning,Nii baked scones for breakfast before we went to Church.Like my Daddy always did,Nii offered to iron my church dress (that was heart warming).Church was amazing.

After Church with my host family.

During the week,Eunice (host mum) took me and the girls by train to the Menton Lemon Festival.During the festival,various exhibits made out of lemons are displayed. This year,the theme was Broadway so there were exhibits of Mary Poppins,Lion King,Wizard of Oz,Beauty and the Beast among others.

The Lion King exhibit right behind me
The Beauty and the Beast lemon exhibit.

From Menton,we crossed over to another country Monaco,Monte-Carlo.

Such a beautiful, sophisticated and clean country.I did not want to leave.

Monaco

My next visit was to Fragonard in Grasse with just Eunice (host Mum).We toured the Fragonard Perfume Factory for free and sampled their products.

The Fragonard Factory uses essential oils,flowers and spices from all over the world to make perfumes,soaps,candles,bath gels,colognes, after-shave balms and body creams.

After sampling the perfumes,Eunice bought me my favourite perfume as a gift,the “Diamant”,that was a big surprise to me.Eunice is sweet and caring.

Flaunting my gift

From Grasse,we went to Cannes to see the Cannes Theater where the “Cannes Film Festival” is always held. 

Infront of the Theater in Cannes.

We decided to grab lunch at Subway Fast Food in Cannes and the waiter,Aladdin after discovering we were Ghanaians, started playing Ghanaian Gospel in the eatery.That was too cool.

Nii accompanied me to the airport at 4:50am for my 6:30 am flight.God bless this family for treating me like their own.

I enjoyed every bit of my trip to Antibes.It is an experience I want to relive.