I have only been sea-sick once in my life. My mom on the other hand gets sea-sick all the time, so that severely limited the vacation plans we could ever do. But anyways, I was in Belize, and we basically spent the entire time out on the water exploring the reefs. For the most part, I was fine. None of the different boats made me feel sick until we got onto this one little speedboat one. I thought I was dying, I kid you not. Even getting into the water did not help me. My stomach kept turning and my body just was not having it. I had to swim back to the boat early and just laid on the boat, because even though it was swaying, there was something solid below me so my body slowly re-adjusted.
Getting on the boat to go to Macau, I got that same “I might die” feeling once again. This morning the water was ridiculously choppy, so this boat was just swaying back and forth and up and down, and it was miserable getting on. Im talking everyone was just falling into each other and stumbling all over the place just to get to their seats. It’s like we were all a bunch of winos trying to find our way home… everyone stumbling over each other and grabbing hold of each other for support. I thought I was done for. A 55 minute right in that water with these waves? Meep. Luckily for me, it was fine as soon as the boat started going, so I didn’t have any issues, but boy was a worried for a little bit.
My trip to Macau was quite interesting to say the least. It is said to be like the Vegas of Asia, because it is where all the casinos are legal. This place was so pretty, and the casinos looked awesome! This one is probably my favorite and definitely one I will visit when I’m not quite as broke:
I didn’t take this (obviously my camera skills are not THAT good), but the one I took didn’t come out well so there’s that :). Its called Hotel Lisboa and it seriously looked AMAZING, even from the outside, and it has a casino attached to the outside.
Next I went and explored Saint Dominic’s Church, which was quite pretty and wonderful to get to see from the inside.
I got to explore the area and just basically followed the mass horde of people. And when I say mass horde, I mean that to the fullest extent of the word. You were pressed against people on all sides and just basically shuffled along until we got to where everyone was going. Which ended up being Saint Paul’s Ruins:
and this obviously also called for some selfies:
Couldn’t quite get myself all in (really should invest in a selfie stick haha), but there ya are :). There is an assortment of interesting and weird restaurants and stores all along the sides. There was one lady cutting up slabs of meat and everyone was taking pieces… I have no idea what I tried, but when in Macau right? Hahaha, it was quite an interesting thing to try, but I don’t know if I would recommend it, or even if I would take an entire chunk like some people were buying.
I spent my time just roaming around that area; bought myself a pretty sweet shot glass thats has gold plating (had to add to the collection of course) and some more postcards! Yay! So if you didn’t get one before, and would like to get one now, hit me up and I’ll send one over 🙂 Or maybe I’ll just bombard my favorite people with some until I get letters back 🙂 You guys know who you are-be prepared.
Finally, I got to experience someone asking me to take a photo with them. I was just strolling on by, minding my own business, when all of a sudden a woman stopped me on the stairs and asked me to take a photo with her. Obviooooously she was just extremely captivated by my beauty, so I agreed 😛 But as soon as I said yes, ALL of her friends jumped in and wanted to be in the photo. So naturally I made them take one on my phone too haha. It was a lot of fun, and definitely a different experience.
And I finally got my visa stamped, meaning I have the official go ahead to work in Hong Kong until next year 🙂 YAY. It’s real haha. I can’t help but think about how incredibly blessed I have been with this entire situation. Being an American, there are a lot of negative connotations that come with that title, and I can understand that. For the amount of good that some Americans do, there are so many that do bad things. However, being an American gives me the opportunity to get to travel to many different places on just my passport, which is incredible. It amazes me that some people don’t even realize the amount of places they can go, and how much of the world they can see. It also amazes that some people don’t want to see the world. I’m not talking about the people who physically can’t do it, I get that there are financial, emotional, physical, etc. reasonings for not being able to travel, and that I am incredibly lucky, but I also know there are people out there who are perfectly content in their own bubble of a town and don’t want to see anything beyond that. There are also people who wish they could travel, but there are places that aren’t open to them as easily as they are for people with an American passport. As much as it sucks, some places require visa’s and paperwork or a very limited stay (30 days vs. 90) and I realize that this puts me in an incredibly lucky situation. I am not saying it isn’t possible for someone who isn’t American to have the same experience, I am just saying that I am fully aware that my birthplace opens doors for me that are a lot easier for me to walk through than other people who have to work a little harder for it. That is why I can acknowledge just how blessed I am to be given the opportunity to be here and to travel as much as I can, while I can. There is so much of this incredible world that I want to see, and I can’t imagine staying put in one place for long, especially considering I have something that allows me to travel extensively. So here’s to seeing the world and filling out the visa stamps as much as possible in the back of my passport 😉 (Because I know you all not-so-secretly just want all of those pages filled out as well).