It all began on a dusky evening, with two sweaty palms and a laptop, when I paid $125 for a round trip ticket to Cincinnati, OH. The rest was mf history.
I’ve been on pause for a while, but I have been a very busy honey bee (a new life lesson I learned over in Cincinnati). I want to share with you folks some of the ups & downs that I’ve experienced recently. For now I will speak about the good times because frankly I’m not capable of writing about the pieces of my broken heart, but there are some deep things that need to be shared. In due time though…please bear with me. First and foremost! I so greatly appreciate the amount of overflowing love and support I’ve received from my folks and even strangers. You have certainly helped me to push forward. I appreciate all the real niggas out here.
So! TUH-day we’re going to blab about my trip to Cincinnati!!!!! I’m going to emphasize three insanely simple ways to make a great trip out of a super cheap plane ticket to a random destination.
- Find out the history of the town/city/neighborhood/state, ANY information you did not know.
- Find yourself outdoors and/or on an adventure
- Indulge in local food & drink
My trip to Cincinnati was abnormal from the start, ha!! First of all, I ain’t been nowhere since 2011 when I went to study abroad throughout New Zealand…don’t ask me why I ain’t been nowhere because I don’t know. I just didn’t prioritize that sh*t…then a son…then a daughter, Lol but now I’m prioritizing cuhz!
PLEASE NOTE: You MAY possibly have to deal with flight delays, uncomfortable seats etc. to find flights this cheap, but whatever dawg, get to ya mf destination and LIVE BOO, it’s well worth it!!
Arriving in Cincinnati: Growing up I always pictured this place to be a popping ass town full of busy rich White women who were occasionally slutty. When I arrived, it hit me….MY ASS WAS MOST CERTAINLY IN OHIO & close as f*ck to Kentucky. So now what do we imagine? Trees, lots of them. Plus…cows n’ sh*t. The best way to explore is to plan just a LITTLE, ask the locals a BUNCH (be conversational) and use yelp (the locals are on Yelp too). Don’t take anything too serious, if things go wrong, they’re really going right and it’s all apart of the experience–don’t ruin it with worry! Hey, I’m always up for the adventure though, so I tend not to worry.
Topic #1: History
I stayed in a hotel downtown by Hampton Inn that was previously a nucleus for the Press in that area; “The Cincinnati Enquirer”. It was really nice as f*ck but in some areas smelled like… “motherf*ckin Ohio”. The vibe downtown was actually pretty wonderful in my opinion. This place was so modern but so underpopulated with NO traffic. Folks are pretty laid back here for the most part aside from an Eastern European woman who tried to cut me in a bar line, but my booty was just too big for all that.
I took a visit to National Underground Railroad Freedom Center which had a stellar view of the city that looked over a brand new Ferris wheel (that I didn’t trust enough to ride). The coolest thing here was the virtual reality experience of the interaction of Rosa Parks on the bus with patrons and the police when she refused to give up her seat. Here they also had a guided tour option for a fee, but I JUST SO HAPPENED to be in the vicinity during another tour they were giving, so that sh*t was free! The tour guide had a little afro and whole lot of attitude, I really enjoyed her a**. It was really interesting to learn what roles the folks in Cincinnati played in the slave trade of Africans in America. That was a different kind of angry and uncomfortable that I don’t ever want to feel again, but the information learned was not in vein.
Topic #2: Find yourself outdoors and/or on an adventure
I eagerly wanted to see the whole city so I put my a** on a boat tour up the Ohio river. Thank you BB Riverboats for the ride, historical commentary and the buffet; I love food and a beautiful scenery. This boat ride was a double whammy and served as both a history lesson and an adventure.Keep in mind that the Ohio river separates Ohio from Kentucky, so we were joined by some Kentuckians (?). One of the first things that I noticed on this boat was a bright red “MAGA” hat, on a wrinkly man who left his melanin at home. I marinated on that momentarily and proceeded to take in the beautiful sights.I could see all of Cincinnati on one side of the river and scowled at Kentucky’s ugly butt on the other side. On this boat ride I saw several beautifully built bridges, one of which no longer allows cars or trains to pass. This bridge is called the “Purple People Bridge” because it’s purple and it’s only for pedestrians. My happy a** thought that I would see purple people on that thang, pero no. There was so much greenery, and the water was so calm. I really enjoyed that sh*t. (minus all of the other folks that had not seen an unfriendly Black hottie before either.)
Krohn Conservatory: Now y’all know that I need moments outside, so I took my a** outside and enjoyed the scenery here. No need to bore you with the details of this beautiful indoor garden with such amazing art (enjoy the photos). Just know that there were a bunch of cool green leafy sh*t. I felt right at home!
Topic #3: Food & Drink
21c Museum: Food was not seasoned by anyone with any real skill or talent, but vibe was fancy and laid back. A young server here had obviously never seen an unfriendly Black hottie like myself before I suppose. I kid you not, he kept looking at me like I was a damn White tiger. But a huge yellow penguin did join me for dinner…we chopped it up and enjoyed some cotton candy…cool peoples. They also had an art museum inside.
RAW Oysters for the first time! I had raw oysters for the first time at McCormick & Shmick’s! Ya girl loves seafood, but I’d never tried raw oysters before; I am in love and obsessed. ALWAYS TRY A NEW DISH WHEN TRAVELING!
Graeter’s Ice Cream: A local ice cream shop GEM. It was suggested several times that I visit here and try their famous Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip flavor; which I did. That sh*t was absolutely FIRE; as was the Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip! ALSO, YOU CAN ORDER ONLINE!!! THEY’LL MAIL YOU THAT SH*T.
Drinks: BB Riverboats’ big a** sweet a** margarita, hella sparkling wine & champagne everywhere, and my favorite was the Raspberry Beret at the bar called Metropole on top of the 21C Museum Hotel (where the lady tried to cut me in line)
Of course being in this town I sought after things Black folks did there: places they eat, activities they engage in etc. I really didn’t find anything outside of the hood, even after several conversations with the uber drivers and workers at different stores and restaurants. What a bust! Where they at though!?
Overall I certainly made the best out of a trip that everyone said would not serve me. Lol, do y’all even know me? I am the party, I am the adventure, I am the food & drink! Sh*t! It’s really all about your attitude, if you seek ye shall find!!!
Stay tuned for my next cheap a** plane ticket adventure
Peace & Love,