International Slavery Museum

For years and probs for many more to come, Black people have been trying to explain that slavery is not where our story starts. The curriculum taught in schools isn’t helping, the shows we have on TV aren’t helping either. So, it’s always great to see when an institution is doing its part to educate the masses effectively.

The International Slavery Museum is very comprehensive and I thoroughly enjoyed my exploring. I felt pride, I felt inexplicable sadness and hope – it was a rollercoaster of emotions.

  • There are three main themed galleries:
    • Life in West Africa – exploring the story and culture of Africa and its peoples, who are central to the story of transatlantic slavery.
    • Enslavement and the Middle Passage – revealing some of the brutality and trauma suffered by enslaved Africans on the voyage across the Atlantic; then the oppression of their lives on plantations in the Americas.
    • Legacy – highlighting the continuing fight for freedom and equality; the contemporary impact of transatlantic slavery, such as racism and discrimination; and the achievements of the African Diaspora.

Here are some pictures from my visit:

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World Museum (Liverpool)

The World Cultures gallery showcases World Museum’s huge collections from Africa, The Americas, Asia and Oceania. Featuring more than 1,600 objects, the gallery explores the exchange of ideas and objects between Europe and the many cultures represented in the displays.

The Museum was a pleasant surprise, I loved the way it showcased the different cultures and also continued the conversation surrounding museums and their complicity within systems of oppression.

It’s also FREE, and you can donate what you see fit.

The ‘Black’ story is full of so much culture and richness and visiting off of the back of the Euros loss – it just felt so timely.

There is an Egyptian part of the museum, that has a mummy on display – so be prepared. I have many thoughts on this but we’ll keep them for another time…

I hope you enjoy x

Shots from the museum

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Liverpool

This summer has been all about the staycation, so we got involved 😉

Up to Scouseland we went, here’s a rundown of everything we managed to do/see:

  1. Liverpool Wings (Baltic Triangle)
  2. Chinese Arch
  3. Liverpool Cathedral – (Britain’s largest cathedral)
  4. River Cruise
  5. Royal Albert Dock
  6. Merseyside Maritime Museum and Slavery Museum
  7. Tate Liverpool 
  8. Royal Liver Building 
  9. Walker Art Gallery
  10. World Museum (click the link for more)
  11. SuperlambbananaDeveloped for the 1998 ArtTransPennine Exhibition, the sculpture is both a comment on the dangers of genetic engineering and is heavily influenced by the history of Liverpool: historically, both sheep and bananas were common cargos in the city’s docks.
  12. Liverpool wall of fame
  13. Cavern Club
  14. Cilla Black statue
  15. Boujee

Sights we didn’t get to see:

  • Liverpool Stadium 🏟 
  • Beatles museum 
  • Quirky Quarter 
  • Crosby Beach (20 mins by train from Liverpool Lime Street) 

Liverpool is so easily walkable and many of the places to visit are next to each other so you save money on transport.

We were genuinely surprised that we enjoyed our time in Liverpool and we would 100% recommend making your way up north.

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Longitude Festival

Aside from travelling we love a good festival, so when we heard about Longitude in Dublin – it was must we attended.

Longitude attracts crowds in the 40k range, so issa proper festival.

We flew into Dublin with Ryanair via Stansted; the airport experience was terrible and Ryanair even worse (!) but we move. Stayed in an airbnb that had a dog in it, chileeee – it was a lot.

Here’s a snapshot of what went down.

We had Solange, Sza, Jacob Banks, J HUS, Anderson Paak and The Internet – just to name a few.

It was the sickest line-up for RnB that we’d seen in a very long time.

So, we’ve sold you on it being a vibe. Here’s what you need to consider:

  • Flight: £30 with a low-cost carrier
  • Airbnb/Hotel: £40-ish between friends (Central location with access to buses or walking distance to Marlay Park)
  • Festival tickets: £80 – £180 (It’s a 3 day festival but you can buy day tickets, also note you will be charged in Euro – so use a card that doesn’t charge extra fees)
  • Bring: a poncho/raincoat, it’s the UK and even it summer the rain is raining, power bank, small bag – the festival usually sends out a reminder

All in all the festival and experience was amazing and we’d defo do it again if the line-up makes sense.

Longitude returns in 2022! and it promises to be bigger and better.

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Berlin

Top sights to see:

  • Berlin Wall
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
  • Checkpoint Charlie
  • Mercedes-Benz Museum

When to go: A year round destination; great for walking in the Spring/Summer months, cute Christmas and winter vibes when it gets colder.

Getting around: Train, Walking, Cycle

Berlin boasts of history and a vibrant culture. The nightlife hits! There is a range of delicious food too.

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Karneval der Kulturen

So there’s a carnival in Berlin. So it was only right we checked it out.

Where to stay: Kreuzberg (quality wasn’t amazing) or Blucherplatz

Karneval der Kulturen is a multicultural festival in Kreuzberg, Berlin, celebrated annually since 1996 around Pentecost weekend. It’s four fun filled days; the Carnival of Cultures occurs at Blücherplatz, in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district. 

It is described as: “A proud expression of hybrid cultural identities” – The organisers of the festival proclaim that “the Carnival of Cultures is open to everybody and all forms of cultural expression. It is regarded as a platform for a proud expression of hybrid cultural identities, containing traditional and contemporary elements. It includes and attracts all age groups, professional artists and amateurs, people from all walks of life.”

Carnival of Cultures is all about celebrating a peaceful co-existence between all the different culture’s that call Berlin home.

The carnival is fun but doesn’t top Notting Hill by any means, but I mean being abroad with your friends and the bacchanal – it could be worse!

We attended a range of events and the party didn’t stop until the early hours.

This year the festivities will be on the 15th August. So if you can why not make your way down. As opposed to the big street party it usually is it’ll be much smaller activities spread out across the area to keep inline with Covid guidelines.

Have a look at how we enjoyed when we went.

As always keep up with us on IG @trippinwithsj x

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Where should I eat in Singapore?

There are so many choices for places to eat:

  • Wild Honey – I think this is a midpoint on the spending scale, and it is worth every penny. We tried their brunch and the pancakes were heavenly.
  • Jumbo Seafood – if you really wanna ball out! But I think about this special fried rice often, it was a serious something. 10s across the board. I highly recommend.
  • Hawker Markets; the biggest one is Chinatown Market. Delicious food options, drink options and on the cheaper side
  • Eating out in SIN is expensive but the flavours are phenomenal. There are supermarkets so you can do some cooking of your own if you feel too and much cheaper prices restaurants, just check online.

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What to see…

So, Crazy Rich Asians put Singapore on the map for us! It was always somewhere we’d wanted to go because of the Marina Bay Sands and Supertree Grove, but seeing it presented in such a beautiful way just made us want to go even more.

Singapore is such a beautiful city state, it houses over 60 islands! but only 3 are inhabited.

So what’s the lowdown on visiting Singapore? What should you do? Where do you eat?

We hear your questions and have a list for you, keep scrolling…

What to see:

  1. Changi airportbest airport in the world for 8 years in a row, it’s very rare that an aiport makes a must see list, but Changi deserves its accolades!
  2. Marina Bay Sands – is a hotel and the main attraction is its pool. If you are just looking for a nice hotel, there are other Singapore hotels that offer better value. If swimming in the pool is on your bucket list, then it is worth every penny!
  3. Garden by the bay – is an iconic attraction, it houses a range of attractions. It’s a must-do when in Singapore
  4. Sentosa Island –  is an island resort off Singapore’s southern coast, connected to the city by road, cable car, pedestrian boardwalk and monorail. Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline rush or a day of exploration, a world of adventure awaits you at Sentosa. (Trippin’ Tip: Keep an eye on bus times)
  5. Universal Studios – a theme park located within Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island, Singapore. It features 28 rides, shows, and attractions in seven themed zones
  6. Little India – to explore delicious cuisine, visit a temple and do a bit of shopping too
  7. Amazing architecture – so much to see on every corner. Get the Hop on, Hop off bus to make your way around quickly.
  8. Orchard Road – to shop, to eat, to see, to people watch

Keep up with us on @trippinwithsj x

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BALI IS OPEN, OMG WHAT DO I DO NOW?

OK, so hold your horses! Bali isn’t open just yet as you can see from our previous blog post, but we wanted to give you some tips on what to do so you’re prepared for when it does!

Indonesia made it relatively easy for tourists to travel into the country (pre-pandemic) and we can assume that once the easing of restrictions are allowed, things will hopefully return to exactly as before.

There are over 160 nationalities (including those from Britain/USA/Australia/South Africa) that do not require a visa and are permitted to enter Indonesia for FREE on arrival. However, this method of entry does not allow you to extend your stay more than 30 days.

Visas on arrival is voluntary and costs around £25 ($35) and allow you entry into the country for 30 days (the same as the free visa). We would advise you to get this option if you are uncertain of how long you want to stay as it can be extended once, without you having to leave the country for a further 30 days, giving you a total of 60 days in Indonesia.

You’ll need to ensure that your passport has more than 6 months left before expiry!

There are 11 countries that are exempt from VoA, this includes travellers from Nigeria. If you are travelling from one of these countries, you’ll need to apply for a visa abroad at an Indonesian embassy or consulate AND you’ll need sponsor letter from and Indonesian citizen.

You can check out Bali’s immigration website: www.imigrasi.go.id

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16 Dos and DONTs whilst travelling to Bali.

DO

• Keep a passport page empty for a visa stamp!

• Learn some of the lingo! English is spoken in Indonesia, but I always think it’s good to try and immerse yourself in the culture and to be as respectful as possible!  selamat pagi (good morning), tolong (please) and terima kasih (thank you) di mana aku bisa menemukan (where can I find…)

• Expect some crowds at some popular hotspots

• Research the vibe you want!  If you’re all about sophistication, then Seminyak might be your best bet, but if you want some rest and relaxation, you might fare better staying in Padang Bai or Nusa Dua.

• Dress appropriately – you can’t walk around in a bikini everywhere as much as Jemimah loves to skin out, you may be turned way at some restaurants or bars and you can’t wear shorts up a mountain (moreso, because you’ll be cold af! More on this in our Mount Batur activities section)

• Plan a budget, if you like the finer things in life some prices can extend to those similar to that in the UK, but you can also live quite happily on a lower budget and still have a great time!

• Watch out for stray dogs and wild animals (especially at night!) Most have rabies and other diseases. Sarah and I were met at night by several stray dogs when we tried to go out for a midnight stroll looking for a convenience store…needless to say, we ended up getting a cab back home

• Be mindful of rainy season (January to April/October/November) Bali’s year round average temperature is around 28 degrees Celsius, but you don’t want to get caught up inside because of a monsoon.

• Barter!Barter!Barter! But do so respectfully!

DON’T

• Bring more than £5,500 in cash with you

• Overstay without ensuring you have a valid visa or you’ll be fined around £50 a day

• Be afraid to move around, navigating the island isn’t particularly difficult, so do your research and hit up different areas to make the most of your trip

• Be too worried about “Bali Belly”. Jemimah suffered from food poisoning heavy on our trip to Thailand, and came heavily prepared for the Bali trip, but surprisingly faced no issues. Hygiene has markedly improved on the island, so be cautious of street vendors, but for the most part you should be OK!

• Forget your reusable bottle at home, for those of us that are environmentally conscious around 60 tonnes of plastic washes up on the beaches annually and we can help combat this, with most restaurants providing free refills or charging a small fee

• Forget to take out enough money at an available ATM as these can sometimes be few and far between. Sarah and I took out cash when we first got to Bali at Denpasar airport (about £300 as e had already prepaid for some of the activities we’d be doing online). Try and stick to reputable ATMS, its rare, but I’ve heard of skimming happening.