STEM Sistahs in the Snow: Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe! From left: Stephanie, Ashley (Bday girl), Teionna, Jackie, & Jainee

For today’s #travelthrowbackthursday, we are featuring my main crew at San Francisco State #gogators. These intelligent, beautiful, and fun Black women recently went to Lake Tahoe and frolicked in the snow high up in the Sierra Nevada mountains bordering California and Nevada. They actually came with a big group and rented a big cabin to celebrate Ashley’s dirty 30 birthday! To top it all off, Ashley’s aunt came and cooked for this big cabin all weekend long!

Ashley is a genetic counselor in the SF/Bay Area. She went with her husband, Randy, a math educator who somehow found the time to organize this fun-filled weekend! And of course, friends and relatives filled up the whole cabin. I met Ashley and the rest of the crew while we were in a STEM pipeline program in college. Her cousin Stephanie and best friend Teionna are now both public health microbiologists in the Bay Area. Our other homegirl, Jainee, is currently a Ph.D student in Microbiology at University of California, Davis (it’s near Sacramento, the capital of California). They are all living it up in the professional world, yet they find the time to enjoy life’s precious moments!

In the photo above, you see the fantastic four with another one of Ashley’s best friends, Jackie! In the photo below, you find more of Ashley’s family and friends, including the handsome Stefon! Catch some snow up in the Sierra’s before it’s all gone!

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Travel + Adventure Show

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Yesterday we had the opportunity to attend day 2 of the Travel + Adventure Show. The expo has been around for 12 years and gives travelers the opportunity to link up directly with industry exhibitors at the expo. Exhibitors offer deeply discounted travel deals, free giveaways, and raffle prizes. The expo also hosts several industry professionals who give either cooking demonstrations or short lectures on traveling with families, how to get the best deals, and the best technology for travelers. Speakers include Rick Steves of Travel with Rick Steves, Peter Greenberg of The Travel Detective, and Samantha Brown of the Travel Channel.

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Artivism in Dakar, Senegal

AeroSoul’s Refa1 with a local artist at Festigraff International Spraycan artist gathering in Dakar, Senegal last year.

This week’s #travelthrowbackthursday #ttbt comes from Oakland’s favorite son, Refa1 . We randomly met at an activist party called The Bay Area Leftist Lounge at The Noodle Factory in West Oakland, California about a decade ago–then, we held a spontaneous tailgate party outside this event a la “a party within a party” style LOL! Since I was not from the Bay Area, at the time, little did I know how influential Refa1 is: apparently, he’s a pillar in the local HipHop culture movement. I recognized that after our meeting and followed his art-ivist work ever since. Continue reading Artivism in Dakar, Senegal

Music to Inspire Your Wanderlust

I don’t know about you, but music is like water to my soul. I play it when I cook, when I clean, and when I’m breathing. We love listening to international music; it feeds our wanderlust and we get to daydream about far off places!

If you love music as much as we do, we’ve curated a list of music to inspire your wanderlust. So go daydream and plan your next adventure! Continue reading Music to Inspire Your Wanderlust

Valentine’s Day: Atlanta edition

Valentine’s Day is this weekend and the countdown is on! If you still haven’t figured out what to do with your sweetie, check out our list of last-minute ideas!

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Everyone does the romantic dinner, why not a delicious breakfast? My fave is Rise N Dine at Emory Village–they have the BEST sweet potato pancakes. Continue reading Valentine’s Day: Atlanta edition