Have a question? Concern? Gripe? Something else you’d like to share?

Email me! I’m all ears!

Contact me at: oneika[at]oneikathetraveller[dot]com


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    June 8, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Hey Oneika!

    It’s Judy from your bookclub:)
    I love your travel blog and have shared it with friends of mine who’d be interested in hearing more about your experiences as a travel writer, myself included. We support you!
    Congratulations on your recent success with the Norway trip and upcoming National Geographic assignment…awaiting to tuck into your stories as they become available!

    Trek on,

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      Oneika the Traveller
      June 9, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      Hi Judy!! So awesome that you found me, you rock! Thanks so much for your support!! The stories are a-coming, so I hope you stick around!

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      February 29, 2016 at 10:12 pm


      I really like your Blog!
      I ‘ve been traveling a lot on my own, too.
      How about your experience beeing a woman traveling alone? People often asked me if I wasn’ t afraid. Actually I never was.
      Now I am becoming a mom and ppl are like: So you won’t be traveling anymore.
      I am looking forward to prove them wrong.
      I guess showing the world to my daughter is the best thing I can do to make her an understanding and caring person.
      Hope to read more of you!

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    Jarondakie Patrick
    July 17, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Hey I don’t know if you have a blog post of how you and Liebling met. Multicultural relationship or not. I love to hear love stories. But what I like most is even with travel he is included in your life. I love your blog. I must thank whoever linked it to me on Facebook.

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      July 18, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      Hi, thanks so much for reading! I actually have written a post about how me and Liebling met: I’m really really lucky to have found a partner who loves travel as much as I do. 🙂

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    July 26, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Hi Oneika I just love what you are doing it’s so great. I am interesting in doing the same thing. I been working for a company all my life dead. It’s like a dead end. I feel like i am in cage. I really want to change in to something that is more me. Now so can u please tell me I do I go about doing so and where can you get the funding to do such a thing. I will love to start blogging as well about traveling I have travel to so many places as well and it’s like it’s where I be so a live at not sitting in close doors on a day to day basis. so any in put when be great. Thanks.

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      July 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      Hi Jessie! Teaching abroad is a great way to kick off a career abroad! I was a high school teacher in Canada and teach French and English Lit to kids abroad, but you could definitely teach English as a Second Language to kids who aren’t native speakers of English. is a great start!

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    July 27, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Hey Oneika! Been following you since the beginning. Love the blogs and travels. You love scarves. You wear them around your neck; I wear them in my hair. My new addiction and perhaps yours too (not my site just something I came across online and though “Oneika would enjoy this site.”:

    cool huh?

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      August 6, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      Awww! Thanks for the rec!! Glad that you ve been around from the very beginning!

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    October 29, 2012 at 2:34 am

    Hey Oneika! Love the blog.
    I’m currently looking to make the move and start teaching abroad. I have 5 years experience teaching math in the US and a teaching certificate, but the competition seems pretty tough. Any suggestions on the job search? I’m registered with Search Associates.

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      November 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Apply apply apply and research research research! Being well informed and aware of opportunities out there is the best thing! It’s great you’re signed up for Search, so am I!

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    November 16, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    I read your article about the Eurail, and I’m going to be in Italy for 3 months next year teaching English to a town in Chiavari, and am trying to understand the Eurail system. I keep finding the prices of them to be around $280, but I’m trying to see if there is something a little less than that. I’m sure I’ll be traveling to several countries while I’m living in Italy, but are there any other options?

    Thanks for all the great content! I love reading it.

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    November 30, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Hello lovely,
    I love your blog. I just had a brief question about what specific camera it is that you use, because your photos come out so very crisp.


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    March 26, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Hi, this is Robert I would like to guest post on your blog if you are still open to that idea.

    The article would meet all your quality guidelines. Please allow me to send it for review or guide me how to proceed.

    Awaiting your response,

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      April 3, 2013 at 9:51 am

      Hi Robert, if you have any inquiries, please do email me at oneika[at]! Thanks!

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    May 16, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Do you consider most countries good for a mixed race person to avoid serious racism, what are the best tolerant acceptant countries you’ve travelled to?

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    Anam Hakeem
    July 24, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Hey Oneika,

    Reading your blog for the first time. Honestly, I am impressed. You are serving as a great inspiration. Im about to take my first solo trip to Thailand. And hey I just saw you are also about to go Thailand. Im travelleing last 10 days of August. Any chance you would be there? Would love to meet you up.


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    July 30, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Hi Oneika,

    I really want to break into the world of writing for travel magazines and eventually having my own blog similar to yours and others I read. Do you have any advice for a newbie who enjoys writing and wants to travel everywhere with all her heart? 🙂 I know you hear that all the time. I would love to eventually take my Master’s in Spanish and teach, travel and write. And get paid to do all of it haha. Thanks for any advice you can give me! You truly are an inspiration to black women everywhere.

    Thank you.

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    August 9, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Hi i have been reading your blog for a long time and i love that you travel so much i really want to do this but im terified to be honest i love in London im 25 and i really want to see the world but at the same time i am akward and quite shy so the thought of travelling on my own scares me i have been thinking about this for a long time i even planned to move to canada next year but the more i think about it the more i just want to travel i wanna go everywhere and see everything and make friends from different places i love London but at the same time im fedup and board here i want an adventure so my questions are (sorry for rambling) and i know you have answered this but can you go into more depth 1. how do you afford to travel so much 2. what job do you do 3. how to make friends in diffrent places 4 suggestions on how/ where to start 5. advice on wether moving to canada rather than travelling is a good idea (i love canada its chilled out and tim houghtons the best) i would really appreciate your help concerning this and next time your in london can i suggest doing an travelling advice forum or something along that line oh yeah one more question what other languages do you speak and is it necessary to be able to speak multiple languages in order to make travelling easier

    Thanks Kay

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    August 21, 2013 at 2:00 am


    I LOVE your blog but am disappointed you haven’t been to Japan, my favorite place in the world! I went for the first time last August and fell in love with the history, culture and people.

    The country is extremely safe, very clean and the Japanese people are A #1, to me. I am seriously considering moving there to experience the culture in-depth.

    So, how did you miss Japan? 🙂

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    Emily Peluso Lopes
    September 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Hi Oneika!

    First of all- I love your blog!!

    I am a friend of your friend Cheryl from Toronto. She introduced me to your blog a few months ago and I thoroughly enjoy all your posts! I had a question to ask you. I travel to China regularly for work and have been to Hong Kong many times but only for a day at a time. This time my husband is meeting me after I finish my work in China and we plan to stay in Hong Kong for about a week probably at the end of October. I have some MUST DO’s on my list but I was just wondering if you have a top ten or top must do’s for Hong Kong from your perspective? Do you think we would have enough time to visit Tokyo or another city in Asia for a few days- if we only have a week?

    I would appreciate your professional input! =)

    Keep Bloggin’!!


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    Jason Walker
    November 28, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Given your travels, have you thought about putting together small travel groups (10 or less) to experience some destinations with you? Not talking about guided tours, but arranged accommodations and maybe welcome dinner/farewell dinner; otherwise open itinerary. Would love to hear your thoughts on such.

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    Jason Walker
    November 28, 2013 at 1:29 am

    One more thing…love that I stumbled across you. I also have a travel passion and believe in the power of new experiences and getting out of my comfort zone. Bon voyage for many years to come!

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    December 27, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Happy Holidays Oneika!

    First I’d like to congratulate you on your engagement! You go girl! Super
    happy for you! 🙂
    I just finished reading your posts on your blog about Spanish school in
    Guatemala and I wanted to ask for your opinion. Up until the thread about
    the cost of living in Nicaragua and Guatemala I was set on studying Spanish
    in Merida, Mexico for 4 weeks (at least). Then I started to reconsider.
    I’ve been searching for affordable intensive Spanish classes around the
    world for sometime now and finally I’m ready to leave. Well not quite yet
    but almost. I’m having a difficult time deciding where to go and wanted
    your opinion especially since I read that you used to live in Mexico.

    *Option 1: Merida, MX*

    $180/wk 20hrs 5 days (4hrs/day)
    $460/month housing- I found a local hostel that rents 1 bedroom (2 beds)

    *Option 2: Antigüeña Spanish Academy*

    $ 100 one week classes, 4 hours, 5 days 8am to 12pm
    $ 115 one week classes, 5 hours, 5 days 8am to 1pm
    $ 130 one week classes, 6 hours , 5 days 8am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm

    $ 65 one week home stay with share bath, with meals 6 days 7 nights

    *Option 3: Costa Rica*

    $1,000 for 4 weeks

    My aunt lives in CR so I wouldn’t have to pay for housing but the school is
    a lot more expensive.

    *Option 4: Nicaragua *

    $150/week 20hrs 5days (4hrs/day)

    I’m more or less looking for your opinion on Mexico and Guatemala because
    although it’s way cheaper in Guatemala I’ve also heard from a Black Guate
    native that it’s not the safest place and a few of her cousins have been
    kidnapped. Now I’ve lived in places like this before so I’m not trying to
    be THAT person who believes everything they hear but I heard it gets real
    in Guate.

    Would really appreciate your two cents in this matter!

    Happy Holidays Doll!


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    January 4, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Hey, I didn’t know whether or not you were aware, but we (BB&W) published a post congratulating you on your engagement.

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      January 7, 2014 at 5:49 am

      I saw it and commented on it! Thank you so much for featuring me!! Your well-wishes mean a lot!

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    January 7, 2014 at 7:39 pm


    I love your blog and desperately need your advice! I have a trip scheduled to Iceland in the next couple of weeks. My travel companion suddenly cancelled. Changing the dates would mean losing most of the money I’ve already spent. I am seriously considering going by myself, but this would be my first solo trip ever. Any ideas, tips from an avid traveller like yourself? You input, advice etc, would be greatly appreciated.


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    January 10, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    I am so glad to discover you.. I am a journalist who has been to Brazil 4 times, along with Mexico, Portugal and Paraguay. As a black woman I received a lot of attention in some places, stopped traffic in others. I am currently trying to find a book publisher for my writings about life in Rio de Janeiro. I will be following your writing!!!!!!!!!!

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    Eduardo Celis
    February 14, 2014 at 5:19 am

    (mexican)Newbie here enjoying your blog. I recently, after realising office life would eventually drain me dead and bearly

    evading going mad, decided to employ my money in doing something I had dreamt of but certainly feared: travelling and

    living somewhere else. Serving as autoexile from the banalities of my sorrounding, from which I was in a downward

    apathetic unhealthy direction, as much as learning and vacation of course, I lived two months in Western Ukraine, where I

    met my SO. I found my whole first experience both beautifully engaging and different in an epiphanic way. I am infatuated

    with the whole thing and hopefully you won’t catch me dead in an office again, which is something I never even thought of

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    I catched your blog in Buzzfeed today and struck me like a lightning leaving an amazing sense of awe. Since I’m one of

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    February 20, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Hey Oneika great blog and fantastic photos.It is somehow hard to remember that we don’t have to love every place (because we love travel,right?) I spent ages feeling guilty that I didn’t like HK (and I tried) but that’s ok.We do what we do and record subjectively how it was.People can use their own judgement whether to go somewhere or not.Of course I understand your reluctance to tell readers not to go somewhere but your pictures show how beautiful Egypt is too… so don’t fret!

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    July 31, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Hi Oneika. First congrats on the marriage!
    I found your blog post about Nice, France & will actually be there tomorrow for a three days. Would you happen to have any dance/ lounge recommendations for Nice? Or maybe even a dinner & live music place. (On a girls trip). Thanks!!

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      August 2, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      Thank you! I haven’t been out there in a while but at the time Wayne’s, Blue Whale, and Checkpoint were the hotspots!

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    August 7, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Hi Oneika! I nominated you for the Liebster Award. Please find my 10 questions for you on my blog I adore you & your blog! PS Congratulations on the marriage 🙂

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    August 18, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Hey Oneika,
    Would you mind passing on the name of the person who designs your blog? I love it!! I need something’s done To my blog and I’m unable to do it.

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      September 1, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      It was me!

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    August 23, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Hi hi Oneika,

    I’ve been enjoying your blog for a couple years but was away (in Lyon, France) for the year and seems I missed when you took away the search the blog by month/date feature. Did you take it off? Am I just crazy? Or has it been moved?

    I want to catch up on all engagement/wedding and other life adventures but one must do it in order 🙂

    Congratulations by the way to the two of you ~


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    October 24, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Hi Oneika,

    I thought I read in one of your posts that you travelled/did water activities but did not know how to swim. If I remember that correctly, how much did not knowing how to swim impact your travel? Have you taken lessons since then?

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    October 27, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Hi Oneika,

    I am so happy to have come across your blog. I too hail from Toronto, Canada and am currently completing my second degree abroad which I will have in 2015.

    I am currently in the process of inquiring about jobs abroad as I would like to have acquired a position before I graduate from my programme summer of next year. I am presently interest (in order of interest) looking for teaching jobs in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, and Japan.

    Right now I am preparing to apply through HKs NET scheme. My main concern however, is that I have no prior teaching experience (just a TEFL certification) and I am a woman of colour.

    As you from my understanding are presently living in Hong Kong, what do you thing my prospects might be with no teaching experience? What has your experience been like as a woman of colour in HK socially and if you are teaching as a teacher as well?

    Thanks for taking time out to read this. I really look forward to a response. I really love your blog.

    Best Wishes,


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    January 8, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Hello my name is Thembi.

    My travel agent Mario; at Liberty Travel referred me to your blog while I was planning a trip to the French Riviera. I love your site. Your perspective seems fun, spontaneous yet adult.

    After returning to NYC; I’ve decided to relocate to Nice. I am fortunate to have made friends in Monaco (who are helping me find an apartment.)

    It’s been an experience learning the subtle nuances of doing business in Europe. They operate with a different time table. It’s all part of the process.

    Can you recommend a channel for apartment hunting in Nice? I’ve been using It was suggested that I download Viber; to hide my IP address and avoid being overcharged.

    What are your thoughts?
    Sent from my iPhone

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    January 11, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Hey Oneika , I’m Candy.

    I am so shocked that I am just now really finding your Blog. You have inspired me and I am thankful for that. Congratulations on finding your love, on your success and your big move!

    Do you have any suggestions for new urban travel bloggers?

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    February 11, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Dear Oneika

    Warm GReetings to you.

    I m from India age 48 yrs.wish to teach english in Asian countries plus travel the world. do i get teaching jobs abroad. because i read that Only people which r hired for teaching English r from native countries like UK,Canada ,USA,South Africa.

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    Lamardo Davis
    February 24, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Dear Oneika,

    I am an african american from United States and I am planning a trip abroad to Thailand and Cambodia this summer. based on your experience is it safe to travel to Thailand and Cambodia as a minority? Also how can i expect to be treated as a minority travel while I am there?

    Cant wait to hear your response!

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    March 19, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Hi Oneika, just found your blog from a YouTube video mention. I’m going to be staying in China for a study abroad trip for 1 month and I was wondering what type of VPN you used to access Facebook/YouTube and how you generally keep in touch with your family while in China. I’m from the United States fyi and loving your blog! Also, as a black woman with natural hair, how are you generally perceived in China? I’m a little worried about people’s reactions…

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    March 25, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    I’m not sure if you will read this or not but you are such an inspiration. For years, I have wanted to travel the world but was hesitant to step out. I have a child with a demanding career but this darn travel bug will not go away. So, this year I have decided to take my first international trip and was wondering if you can please post a few safety tips for the newbies??

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      March 28, 2015 at 5:14 am

      Thanks for reading and for the post idea!!! Will add that to the list!

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    March 28, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Hey Oneika!

    I came across your post through Necole Bitchie’s website. You are an absolute inspiration! Since I’ve read your post I have been researching various TEFL certifucation programs, however I am having some trouble in finding one that’s reliable. Do you have any information on an accredited program, or know anyone that would have any insight?

    Thanks in advance!

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    July 22, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    You’re so inspirational! I am going to Brussels on my own in a couple of days and i am nervous but excited! 🙂 I am really happy I came across your blog

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    Nicholas Banicevic
    October 28, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Hey there Oneika!!

    I’m a producer from Essential Media, one of Australia’s largest factual and drama production companies, currently looking for some great talent to become hosts for a TV series on the Travel Channel. We think you’d be great!!!

    If you think you might be interested, we want to hear from you!

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    We look forward to hearing from you!!

    Many thanks!

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    January 13, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    I stumbled across your blog by accident and I’ve been coming back to it kind of on a regular basis. Today I wondered to myself, ‘why’? After some thought I realized, your travel tips are awesome and impressively delivered. I’m an African American that loves to travel, so I’m definitely interested in other black peoples experiences abroad. It also occurred to me that subliminally, I was responding to your attractive features and outgoing personality…with all do respect to your man! But the one thing that really impresses me about you, is your elegant mix of blackness and intellect…if that makes any sense at all. Anyway, keep it up girlfriend you represent sisterhood quite well!!

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    January 23, 2016 at 5:28 am

    Hi Oneika,

    I am so elated to have stumbled upon your blog. I’m a USA brotha that is keen and new to traveling. I had a couple of relatable experiences you mentioned in your traveling while black video. So far I’ve only been to Europe and Mexico. I am in the process of starting a blog with hopes to give a perspective for USA brothas to hopefully be inspired from. I really like how you put your blog together. You are very articulate and beautiful (with all due respect).

    I feel there aren’t enough videos and blogs out there for our people to reflect and learn from as there are for others.
    I am a beginning video editor currently making plans to see the motherland for the first time.

    Any advice you could lend would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance,


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    Laurel Kinsinger
    February 3, 2016 at 4:34 am

    Melissa and I are going to be in NYC for the Carnegie Music education worshops and are wondering about a place to stay for 5 days this summer.
    We would be driving right from the cottage

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    April 1, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Hello Oneika,

    You have a amazing blog and I absolutely love how you are living life on your terms. Keep it up!! May I asked what areas of Hong Kong would you consider “affordable” or a great “value” for the money?

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      June 5, 2016 at 2:04 am

      Lamma or the New Territories!

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    Melissa Noel
    April 4, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Hello Oneika, I know you probably get this question a million times a day but I was wondering if you could suggest credible company to do the TEFL course through. I live in Toronto.

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    May 21, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    Hi Oneika,
    Love your blog!
    Just curious- did you experience any forms of racism whilst traveling in Austria?

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    Meriel Coleman
    November 6, 2016 at 1:14 am

    Hi Oneika,

    Digging your blog. Read your post about Russia and was curious about something. I know you took the trip with your husband, how safe do you think it would be to travel solo as a black woman in Russia, Moscow and St Peterburg? I am dying to go, but none of my friends, black or white, are interested. I am an African American female. Also did you prefer one city over they other?


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