The Poppington Life

Lets Go To Other Countries, Don’t Be Afraid.

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I came across an article on XO Necole and it truly hit home for me. All to often I am hesitant to travel to other countries because they’ve gotten bad press and I think I’m going to be killed in some crazy terrorist attack. Why not conquer our fears. Lets go to other countries and become even more cultured and well traveled. I’m not saying lets go to the heart of the battle grounds in Africa, but why not travel to parts of other continents where we could experience the beauty that Egypy, Paris, or China has to offer.  Black women travel and I am beginning to become one of them. At age 33 I feel like I am getting a late start, but as long as I am living and able it’s never to late.

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As a financially strapped college student, I used to think that traveling was a luxury only afforded to the rich. Still, that didn’t deter me from finding awesome flight deals and packing my bags to destinations all around the globe. In total, I have been to 11 countries. Growing up I always visited Kenya at least once a year or every couple of years, and so it surprises me to see so many people hesitant on visiting the beautiful nation due to the terrorist attacks that have recently been reported in the news.

The media has a wonderful way of painting less fortunate countries as dangerous every time there is a terrorist attack, and it’s something that cripples the economy of those countries. Many people fail to realize that the odds of being killed by a terrorist organization is slim, and that they have more chance of getting hit by a car in their own city.

I visited Kenya in 2014 just a couple of months after the Westgate Mall shooting, and when I got on the plane it didn’t even occur to me that it happened months ago. We landed the next day and I enjoyed my vacation. I stayed in a Kenyan village with some of my family and took time to see some of the sites and native animals. It didn’t once occur to me that I could die at any moment; I was too busy immersing myself in such a beautiful country. I thought to myself, If I had decided not to come out of fear, I would have missed out on the giraffes and gazelles and the experience of being with my family.  Sometimes our fears are driven by what we hear and see on the news. I’ll admit that at times it’s valid, but many times they’re illusions. ~Evelyn Atieno~

Please read the rest of the article. It’s a great read and I’m sure you will enjoy and relate to Evelyn Atieno’s outlook on international travel.

Let’s Toast

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Wine can be that cocktail in disguise that makes you feel that its okay to drink 4 to 5 glasses, then when you least expect it it sneaks up on you and your loaded with liquid fun. Whenever that happens I’m at a friends or with family. I never seem to be the one to pick out the wine for special events or get togethers. When I drink wine I have three go to’s that I choose from, Riesling, White Zinfandel, and Champs (Champagne). As you can see I’m a white girl, well a white wine girl that is.

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I personally do not know a lot about wine. All I know is what I like and what I like taste good. So, if your anything like me the knowledge that goes with choosing wine along with the how’s and why’s you know nothing about, and your lost like a missing needle in a hey stack. I have found a few tips on choosing a bottle of wine for the first time. I’m more than sure that these tips will help you on your wine purchasing journey because they have helped me.

READ THE LABEL

I know the bottle is pretty and the price may be a little fancy, but read the label.

While wines that say “table wine” or “California wine” might be perfectly delicious, they also raise red flags. “These wines are composed of grapes from a very large region (a state or even an entire country) and, although sometimes just fine in quality, tend to be noticeably bland or unbalanced,” says Turley.

KNOW YOUR ADJECTIVES

Know what sweet, fruity, dry and other descriptions mean.

“There is a difference between a sweet wine and one that is fruit-forward,” notes Turley. “Sweet wines, like a port or some Rieslings, tend to be more syrupy, which is wine’s way of exhibiting sweetness. But a wine may have a nose of tropical fruit and honeysuckle but, upon tasting, are crisp, clean and wash out the mouth in a quick flush.”

WHEN IN DOUBT? GO FOR A ROSÉ

Yes! Lets take the lead of Rickie Rose’ (Rick Ross the raper) and pop a bottle of rose’

“A crisp, dry rosé will have refreshing acidity and lively effervescence to help accent most dishes,” says Turley. “Rosés also work especially well with cheese plates.”

I hope these few tips help with your next wine purchase. Lets stay on this wine trip together and learn more about the world of wine. Check back with PrettynPoppington on our lifestyle page for more wine post.

Moving Abroad, You’ve Got Questions and Zim Has Answers

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In about 4 to 5 years I will be making a huge move to another country. I have a few top choices on my list and I’m more than sure that I’ll narrow that list down to one as time swiftly approaches. As I prepare for the big move I’ve asked myself, “how hard is it to move abroad”? Well, I’m not the expert, so watch Travel Noire’s Founder & CEO, Zim Ugochukwu, as she gives you answers to top questions as it relates to moving abroad.