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TBT: The Dead Sea

TBT: The Dead Sea

Throw Back Thursday: A Bus Ride to the Dead Sea

In 2012 the girls and I took a 2 week holiday to Israel. Primarily, this break was to accompany one of our closest friends down the Isle as she married the man of her dreams, and Secondly to party, sit on the beach, drink insanely delicious cocktails and of cos to sight see.
Getting around in Israel is fairly easy. In a country as big as the Kruger National Park, all other main cities and sights are a bus ride away. From our lovely apartment in Tel-Aviv we took a 2 day trip to see Jerusalem and to do a day trip to the Dead sea.
Our trip to the dead started early in the morning with a walk to the Central Bust station in Jerusalem from our Hotel, to catch our ride.
After a 2 hour bus ride we arrive at a bus stop with a sign in Hebrew that says The Dead Sea. After making sure we are right – by asking the most fluent person amongst us, we get off at what looks like a deserted stop in a Texan Cow-Boy Movie. In 40 Degree heat, and a hat that got squashed on the ride, we nervously looked around for a sign of the famous Dead Sea

stranded

After 30 minutes of walking around what I could only describe as a desert with salt deposits around VERY large rocks, it dawned on us – 4 very grumpy girls and an understanding man, that we were VERY far from where we should be.

After another 45 minutes, we caught another bus to what we hoped was the right destination. As we got off and saw a BEACH with SAND we realised we had finally arrived.

After tucking my braids under my hat, I joined the girls in the water. I must say that balancing in this water is a lot harder than it seems, and I almost toppled over more than a few times.

the water was so warm and heavy

the water was so warm and heavy

And obviously one cannot go to the Dead Sea and not do a Dead Sea Mud Mask … Applying this cool mud on my entire body proved to be tricky as I was forced to watch it dry INSTANTLY because of the heat. This resulted in a 5 minute Mud mask as opposed to the recommended 45 minutes.

Mud Mask

Mud Mask

4 Ladies and a Gentleman

The bus ride back to Jerusalem was one of the most silent rides any of us have taken in a while. I think this could be attributed to the slight case of heat stroke we were all suffering from.
All in all a great trip and an amazing experience!

Accra – The city that won’t let you sleep

Accra – The city that won’t let you sleep

Accra, Ghana – The city that won’t let you sleep

As October swings around every year there is general pressure to finalise December holiday plans, get those leave days sorted and choose a destination. We decided to not go to Cape Town for a change and instead spend 10 Days in Accra, Ghana.

I am a pretty nervous traveler so after annoying my fellow companion with packing 3 days in advance and wanting to get to the airport 3 hours in advance, we boarded our flight to Accra.

On arrival we were greeted by what I can only describe as a wall of humidity, and some friendly smiles. We settled in at one of The Love World Tour Travelists’ family homes in Accra and in true Love World Tour fashion we got ready for a night out on the town, which proved to be the first of very many.

Accra has a buzzing and vibrant night life, which is always on, Sunday – Sunday, Bars and Restaurants are filled with usual and unusual patrons ready for good food, and good music.

My three favourite places were The Lexington, Fire Fly and Twist, which became as familiar to me as my living room.

The Lexington Accra was the first club we experienced in Accra. We went back there twice and it never disappointed us. After a long flight all we needed was good music and a drink. Drinks we got, but what we underestimated was the level of awesome that the music would reach. Playing a mix of some great international Hip-Hop, R&B, and South African House Music, we did not stop dancing for a second, You know it’s a good night when dancing feels like a full on workout. Having walked in there with our hair down, make up done, looking quite cute, we left with our hair up in messy buns and praising the make-up G-ds for the good quality make-up we had bought.

LIVE PARTY

LIVE PARTY

Nothing beats a fully stocked bar

Pretty Girls - Before the dancing began

Pretty Girls – Before the dancing began

Our night didn’t end there, we moved on to Twist. At the time we had no idea just how well we would eventually get to know this night club, as I said, it became like home, but I digress. Twist is a small and intimate club whose patrons became familiar faces, and DJ’s became our friends. Playing a mix of Hip-Hop and West African music, the DJ’s at Twist had us singing lyrics we sometimes didn’t understand and shaking our asses until the sky was light some nights, well mornings. We eventually learned that heels were not the way to go when it came to Twist because the music was enough to make you forget your sore feet and keep going. With great service and tequila shots that came in shot glasses that resembled tea cups, it’s a no brainer as to why this spot became a regular feature in our visit.

Stace and The Boys

Stace and The Boys

TWIST

TWIST

Sitting down was never an option

Sitting down was never an option

Firefly Bar reminded me of the clubs/bars in Cape Town. It had a very European feel to it, from its bar set up to the Electro and Funky House music coming from the speakers. This is where we met many tourists and ex-patts from Europe. This place was always buzzing, with a line out the door with people waiting to get in. Firefly has a supper club theme to it. Dinner is served until midnight and there after it’s a party till the music stops playing, allowing you to have a civilised conversation and exchange with friends in a place with a great vibe, before the debauchery starts. With a fully stocked bar and a great compliment of waiters and barmen, there was never time to be dehydrated at Firefly.

En Route to a GOOOOOD time

En Route to a GOOOOOD time

BELVEDERE and Cranberry Juice - never disappoints

BELVEDERE and Cranberry Juice – never disappoints

Me and My Stace

Me and My Stace

All in all our nights out in Accra were always epic, filled with music, laughter, a good vibe and sometimes sore feet. Everything a great night is made of.

For more information of the clubs mentioned here visit the links below, we hope you have even more fun than we did at these great places.

Twist lounge
The Lexington
Firefly Lounge Bar