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Life Begins at 37yrs for Me

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So when I was growing up my mom spend lots of her time trying to comb and do everything to get my hair to grow. The years that I remember are on Sundays when  my haur is washed and braided into two pony tails and ready for school week. 

So imagine a long curly hair girl. 

Then I became a teenager and I saw all my teenage friends who had hair with strict hair. So I decided to try that out. So I put a perm in my hair to get all my curls out and get a straight sleek haur. .at least so I thought. No one could change my mind. I was on a mission. I remember my grandmother was not happy with what I had done since she always thought my long curly hair was so pretty and said if I ever  have to cut it she will be able to use it for her hair. 

I think since the day I put the perm in my hair I was doomed for saloon days in my adult years. 

I can tell you I enjoyed my routine years of going to the salon every Thursday. But that comes with a cost. 

Now I am 37yrs old and one dawn I was laying in bed in Lima and it hit me that I should shave my hair off…wit no reason. But knowing that my husband always loves my long hair I have to find a reason to get his support. That’s marriage it’s make sure you can sell your partner on your idea with love and respect. 

I think at about 1am I sent a whatsapp message to my husband ( he was is the states) and I said I am aware you love long hair, but I need your support on this one. I want to shave my hair off. 

And my husband replied and said ” hun I support you 100% with whatever you choose to do with your hair…you are beautiful either way.” 

I woke up the next morning and went to the salon and shaved my hair off. I will share pictures of my hair before the shave. I wish I have an old picture of my curly days. 

So I say life can begin any moment when you are ready to just be…with or without hair. 

My curly days 

Long hair perm days 

Then I sat in the chair Sept. 1st 2016

My stylist with passion starts the process of cutting off my hair completely…my first short hair 

The first cut…

The next day…I felt like I was going back for more cuts…

The next day adventures. …

Then 2 days later…side shave…lol…yea..at this point am getting really adventurous 

And 3 days later…even more shave and secret extension added to create a little more excitement at the front…

Let’s see what tomorrow will bring me…I may just go all out…and shave everything off…

Life is truly what you make it…so enjoy and live fully. 

Peru Exploration Continues…

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Beautiful Memories in Lima

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Lima is a beautiful city but I personally think the people makes it a beautiful city. The food is even bettet. Now the weather is a whole new story to tell. If I remember someone said it does not rain in Lima…and since have been here just drizzle no rain. 

For the past weeks we have has some great days with lots of sunny days and warm weather. 

Like I said the people is what make any country exciting for its visitors…and in a lima we have amazing friends…here are a few moments of magnificent memories that we have created. We are enjoying our new LLF’S 

When the kids create memories by themselves

We got to enjoy this moment too

Our little DJ’s choosing our music

Let’s keep this party going 

Buddies and sisters for life 

I look super fly

Family that eats together laughs together 

Acting like they are stars in our world…which they truly are all stars…

A memorable night at mistura 2016

Kids learning a little but about gardening…

Kids are just amazing…they know how to create fun moments

At the Mistura food festival 

We will surly miss our LLF’S when we exit Lima Peru. We are creating such great memories. 
Peru Exploration Continues…

Making Friends

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It’s one of the human needs…it’s being able to meet someone and create a relationship that will last you a life time. Now you may never spend time with them like you would with the definition given to that word called “Friends” but in my opinion anyone you say hello too or just smiles with through passing is a friend.

While we travel, my family and I are creating life long friends every day. Starts from the immigration officer who stamped our passport and welcomed us into their country. Then you have the driver who picked us up from the airport told us about some story behind the buildings. Then you have the security guard at our apartment, our apartment host, then people we meet each moment that we are blessed with life. That is what I consider as friends.

Imagine my kids…growing up and staying in touch with all the people they have met while travelling through the world…it’s amazing and such an incredible feeling.

I want to share a few pictures of our friends we have made in buenos Aries Argentina.

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Really travelling is super fun…

Argentina Exploration Continues……

Meeting Homeschool Families all around the globe

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That is the new trend when you homeschool your kids. You meet so many other kids across the globe. So you see where am coming from…there nothing like the questions most people ask when they first find out we homeschool our kids…the famous question is “what about socializing” well of anything homeschool have a whole lots of time on their hands to meet and make at least 10 friends a day and with technology stay in touch for the rest of their lives….ok so let’s get to the fun part of me sharing out day out…

On an ordinary sunday no homework needed or no preparing for going to school the next day.  We met with the Argentina homeschool group here. And such amazing families. Our kids clicked right away even with the language barrier.

We spent the day at the famous recolleta cemetery which is where they bury dignitaries and important personalities. It was creepy and weird…but very interesting place to visit.

Here are a few pictures

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Yeap the screaming was loud…

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Homeschool parents rock…while on tour one of the beautiful parents decides to share her mate,  the famous Argentina tea with the other parents…..what a way to keep my mind of the dead…

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We just rock in all aspects

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She seemed like it’s a blast for her

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Roaming cat inside the cemetery grounds

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The creepy alley

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After an amazing time at the cemetery and drinking mate.

After we decide hey we have time…let’s just go to the science museum and continue having a blast. I like this mesuem because it’s called the mesuem this is forbidden not to touch…”

You should see how many kids are in there…Super packed and kids touching every single thing in there.

Here are some pictures

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A spinning bike…

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Funny face moments…

If you do visit buenos Aries with kids you must make sure to explore this mesuem.

And now I have found awesome friends in Buenos Aires and my kids again have made friends for life…now that is socializing at its peak.

Argentina Exploration Continues. …..

Daddy dates are very important

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Yes when you  are giving the chance to be a father to our bunches…you must make time for daddy dates.

Our son is 6yrs old and it’s means the world to him when he gets to have daddy date with his father.

Today was once of those days he will cherish forever.

Father and son moment of exploration in buenos Aries

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At the mesuo de Ninos at abasto mall is the place to be on weekends while in Buenos Aires. Filled with a city in a kids world.
Father and son giving a speach on their plans to help the world as heros…spiderman way

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Mj at the bank to get his cheque cashed before he starts having fun at the little kids city…

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Watch out spiderman got this

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Spiderman on his way to save the world…

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We are not afraid of the vilans…we are spiderman. father and son moment

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He became a dentist for a moment….lol!!!

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I love my two super heros to the max…

Such an awesome day for our 6yr old has he came home tell us all about his boys stuff for the day. After the little city fun they took to the movies to watch Alice through the looking Glass.  Such a memorable moment for this two.

Take time to create memories with your kids because if you blink they will be gone….

Argentina Exploration Continues. ….

Our life in Buenos Aires

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So here are a few photos of our lifestyle in Buenos Aires…we are all having a blast from dare nights to Saturdays at the mesuem and ohhhh….the tiny little walmart experience.

Enjoy

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Yeap that’s walmart alright…it was so small we walked the whole store in less than 60 seconds. …

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Saturday visit to the science museum in Buenos Aires

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Pictures before our date night

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My funny husband…

With love from the Manns clan

Argentina Exploration Continues. ….

Kooza night in BA

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Some of the perks in travelling is being able to catch shows that you may not not get to see in your country of origin like mine Ghana…

Yesterday as we are doing our intense spanish lesson our spanish teacher who is amazing mentioned to us that she 6 tickets to see the show Kooza cirque du soleil. ..

So we decided hey why not do that since it’s a holiday in  BA anyways.

So in the evening we made our way to the location and it was a jaw dropping show for sure…watching my 6yr old look so amazed by what the people are doing on stage.

Here are a few pictures

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Tickets to the show

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And we made it

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The grounds

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In our seats…

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The show is on

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It was colorful and an amazing event

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We loved the show

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Family

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Father and son moment

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This character was funny

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The Kooza  family

Great show and a memorable night…

Argentina Exploration Continues….

A Sneak Peak of The City

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So every country has its perks and in the City of Buenos Aires the perks are in the form of the beautiful acient buildings that each tells a beautiful story from the past.

Also in each country we appreciate what that country offers and one of them is the free walking tour. Across the globe there is a company or I should a group of dedicated people who are willing to show you their country and after the tour yoy basically put a value on the tour and tip them.

Now Buenos Aries is pretty cold this time of the year so taking a free walking tour can be a little challenging especially when you just coming from Brazil in the hot times.  But we made it and it was worth the walk with just a few of us turning blue…lol!!!

Here are a few pictures of the city of Buenos Aires….

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Standing in front of the union of Congress building…the picture did not show the magnificence of this building…

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That is the building to marvel about…

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Lovely

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Beautiful one

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The thinking Man…only 4 in the whole world and the only one in south America

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The oldest cafe in aregntina

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Now you know the city loves it’s structure when they have this as street lights..

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Now sure about this one

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In the city

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Right in the city

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I love this building

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They have a replica of the ngwazu falls in the middle of the city….got to love the Argentines

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Not at the falls yet…

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Large structures

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What does this remind you of…

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The oldest building in argentina

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Imagine this building around you each day

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My little man

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Winter mode

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She is loving it all

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A lovely tree…

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We are all in it together…got one for myself and my 4 daughter….

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My little global traveler

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Such a lovely building

Well that’s all I could take since I was super cold….

Check out free walking tour world wide and experience each city in the eyes of the tour guides. You will love it.

Argentina Exploration Continues…

The Ups and Down of Countries

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So if you have read my blog you will see that Brazil was tough for me especially since we had the language issues and also my experience with the post office team. Well that went all away when I made great friends that made all seem like it was worth the wait to make amazing friends.

Well in Argentina it’s very differnt since there is no wait and not much I can do…lol!!!

The dog shit on the side walks are outrageous stinky….my goodness…every step you take there is a potential of you stepping in a fresh dog shit…lol! And it smells awful. Their law of picking up after your dog poop is not enforced or practiced like Rio.

So if you do decide to visit Argentina just be mindful where you step because  if you step in any of this poops you will be cleaning for months just to get the smell off you. It’s so bad my 13yr old decided to write in her business letter for school, she wrote to the road and transportation department  here to talk about ways to enforce the law of picking up after your dog on the street.

Now that we are done talking about dog poop…let’s talk about people…the Argentines are really nice people and willing to help lost people like me and my family. So I say thanks for that….

Now let me tell you about the other people that am not sure if they are Argentines  (they actually are ) the taxi drivers…oh they are like silent killers…slowly draining every pesos out of you before you exit their taxi.
I took a taxi one time going from a mall that is about 10min from my house…..and with the meter on, the taxi took me around circles for at least 1hour…I saw the same buildings at least 3 times and a bill that would have cost me $4 ended up costing me $19 after he dropped me home. Oh I was furious and asked him why are we going circles and of course at this point he acted like he did not even understand any english…lol!!
It’s so bad that they will go that extreme just to make money that they don’t deserve.

So now I am all about Uber which is what I take anyways until I can’t get uber. But uber just started 3 months ago here so the taxis don’t like them and are messing up uber drivers car if you come to pick up someone around a place filled with taxi drivers. But am really all for uber.

Anyways I guess over all the dog poop is the only one I can’t seem to avoid….lol!!!!

But we do love Argentina and the Argentines

Argentina Exploration Continues…..

A beautiful City

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Buenos Aries is such a beautiful city filled with so many restaurants and the people here are super nice and helpful….but Lord the taxi drivers are crooks….lol!!! They will take you all around the city of Buenos Aires just to bring you back to a place that is just 5min drive from your location.
Thank God for uber. I and my kids feel a little less duped.

But the people here are so helpful and excited to know that we are from Ghana. Technically the Argentines are also Americans so being from America does not offer any perks but being from Ghana west africa seem to make them smile and ask how Ghana is. If it hot or cold.

So we have been here for exactly 7days. It’s cold but it’s so beautiful with all the leaves fallen.

We have yet to do the things that Argentina has to offer for tourist. So soon we will do that.

In each city we look up for the famous free walking tour and we join in to learn about the cultures in each country. So in Buenos Aires we plan to do that next week.

Here are a few pictures of the most visit city in south America buenos Aries.

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Well am told when in Rome you  you do what the Romans do…grilling all the way

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My sue chef…

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Date with my son

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At the Alto Palermo mall

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Just some pictures

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Fashion moment

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My kidos are growing up

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She is rocking a dress with leggings

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Sibling love

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This are what they wear here…

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I loved those. ..

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A dinner date with my oldest…

Lovely city with lovely people…

Argentina Exploration Continues…