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Gloria Atanmo, The Blog Abroad  โœˆ 5 Years Traveling ๐ŸŒ 70 Countries ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | @GoPro Ambassador ๐Ÿ“ฌ glo@theblogabroad.com ๐Ÿ“ฐ Featured in: @Oprah @Forbes @CondeNast @Essence

The colors, character, and charisma of Cape Town captivate even the shiest of travelers. More than an alliteration, Iโ€™ve always described this country as one that deserves to be visited extensively, and multiple times.

I was last in South Africa a year ago, for a two-week visit that turned into two months. I partied in Pretoria, I braaiโ€™d at Mzoliโ€™s, I cried with laughter in Johannesburg, and I drank my weight in wine in Stellenbosch.

South Africa is more than just a getaway, itโ€™s a destination with depth and a story waiting to be read.

That's why I'm partnering withย @VisitSouthAfrica to remind you guys that if this country isn't already on your bucket list, it should be!

Iโ€™ll be revisiting soon and hope to catch some of you guys there too! Who's already been?

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It's my 3rd time in Buenos Aires, but I feel like I'm getting to see a whole different side.

This city is MASSIVE, and with my broken Spanish, I'm able to get by, even though I keep being mistaken as Brazilian.

And Argentine people are so animated, that even if you don't speak much, just read their body language, because it sometimes speaks louder ๐Ÿ˜‚

And though they speak the same language as Mexicans, Colombians, Venezuelans, Chileans, Peruvians, and more, Argentine Spanish is a dialect of its own.

I find it charming and relaxed.

For example, what most pronounce as pollo, here it's POJO. The sound two L's make in Spanish is usually a Y sound, but in this country, it produces a soft J.

And when you reciprocate a question, instead of saying "y usted" or "y tรบ" you say "y vos". Don't ask me why ๐Ÿ˜…

And finally, instead of them saying "de nada" when you say "gracias" they return with a hearty, "NO! POR FAVOR!" which I thought was the cutest thing because you can read between the lines and see how that phrase is slightly more charismatic.

Another observation, PDA is on steroids here. But not in the sloppy, college way. Here, it's actually really romantic.

Couples holding hands, stealing kisses, and grabbing their faces at every opportunity they get.

Not just young couples either, but elderly ones as well. Passion drapes the character of these streets and even my single a$% can appreciate it ๐Ÿ˜‚

On Saturday, I tried to hit up a nightclub for uhhm, research purposes ๐Ÿ‘€, and hollered when I saw that most places didn't START until 1 and 2AM.

Naturally, I fell asleep in my clothes waiting for midnight to strike because I'm a grandma ๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿพ and apparently ain't about that life no more.

Meals are also much later, as I was telling a friend I was eating dinner (at 7PM) and he corrected me by saying, "No, no, what you're eating is a snack. It's way too early for dinner." ๐Ÿ˜‚

So many funny moments, nuances, and conversations so far in Buenos Aires and I'm excited to continue exploring what makes this city so special and unique.

Check the stories for more BTS of the past few days!

Photo Credit | @ericedits_

What a pleasure to be back in the beautiful and vibrant city of Buenos Aires with @HiltonBuenosAires!

Did you know there are almost 600 @HiltonHotels around the world across 6 continents?

I'm so excited to be partnering with them to not only show you why they're major leaders in the world of hospitality when it comes to style and global recognition, but also the many things you can do while visiting this magnetic city.

One thing I've always loved about Argentinian people is their passion for life, for futbรณl, for food, for tango, for music, and more.

You all sent me hundreds of answers with words that you associate with this country, so I'll be taking you around the next few days and sharing everything I do and see.

Last but not least, for my Argentinian friends and followers, feel free to drop some fun facts or stories about this country so others can read and learn! ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ Photo Credit | @ericedits_

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"I donโ€™t know if itโ€™s cuz Iโ€™m big, in a lederhosen, Black or all the above, but I feel like everyone is staring at me." This was a text I got from my buddy @lancestipher and I cackled because this crosses my mind daily no matter where I go -- people press the pause button on life as necks jolt my direction and I pretend not to notice.

One thing Black people love to do, is count how many of us are (or rather, AREN'T) in a room.

The stares are uncomfortable at times, but at Oktoberfest, I told him to just embrace it, because more often than not, locals were just admiring a melanated being taking part in their culture.

I understand I have a lot of Black people who follow me, and one of the first questions y'all always ask me is along the lines of, "Are there Black people there or were you the only one?" ๐Ÿ˜‚

I get it, and there's a sense of security and power that comes in numbers, but I had to also train myself to get rid of the mentality that the lack of Black people in a space voids my participation.

This world is too big and beautiful to limit ourselves to places, spaces, and experiences where we're always the majority.

But it was such a beautiful thing whenever I saw Black people at Oktoberfest, whether they were Black German, Caribbean, or from The Motherland, because we acknowledged the fact that we too, had the right to exist and thrive where we knew we'd be the minority.

I'm sure you're all tired of seeing me in this dress by now, and my tatas will be on timeout until further notice, but I seriously can't wait to share all the tips, tricks, and hacks I learned from my first Oktoberfest!

And RIP to my one pair of heels that got destroyed after all the table-dancing done in my 7 days of 'festin!

Was also great to get a little bit of ratchet out of my system (until further notice) so now that ya girl is a saint again, let me know which sins y'all need forgiveness for while I talk to Papa Jesus and renegotiate terms of entry into the Pearly White Gates ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ #Oktoberfest2018
#BeenThereDrankThat
#GloGoesGerman

Oktoberfest Take #5! The girls are back out to play! ๐Ÿ˜…

I'm not sure how I'm still here, but I am. It's definitely not for everyone, but it IS for anyone who feeds off the energy of lively environments.

As an extroverted introvert, I have moments where I either need to escape to a secluded kiosk or stand on top of tables belching the lyrics to "Sweet Caroline" like there's no tomorrow.

Each of the 5 days I've been here, I've had a completely different experience and like anything else in life, this festival is entirely what you make of it.

If you stand in a corner and look shy, you'll be alone in that corner all night.

If you walk up to a table dancing with a stein (liter of beer) in your hand, you'll be extended a hand to join them standing on the bench.

A couple more tips for those who are still coming this weekend (by the way, if you see me, come say hi! So amazed at how many of you are here this year)

1. There is an Oktoberfest app that lets you see which tents are at capacity ahead of time, and it's overall just amazing for news and tips.

2. My favorite tents so far have been - Lรถwenbrรคu (for the table-dancing), Hacker-Festzelt (for the environment), Paulaner (for bright & lively footage), Hofbrรคuhaus (for the most gorgeous decorations), and Festzelt-Tradtion (for an authentic German atmosphere)

3. If you're planning just one day, it's not enough. Come at least for two, to spend a full afternoon outside, doing festival things, going on rides, and people-watching, and then another where you leave your dignity on the dance floor.

This has been such a fun break and disconnect from everyday life and you can bet I'm already planning for next year!

Can't wait to edit the footage I've got. Y'all be ready. As always, the ratchet BTS in my stories ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿป

Help! Name your top 3 European skylines: READY, SET, GO!!! ๐Ÿ˜… Wait, me first:

1. ฤŒeskรฝ Krumlov, Czech Republic
2. Lisbon, Portugal
3. Kotor, Montengro

Your turn! I need help planning out my European summer next year! I'm such a sucker for a killer aerial view and Passau, Germany might make my new top 5! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช

Gave my boobs a break from the overtime they've been working in my dirndl ๐Ÿ˜… and escaped the Oktoberfest madness for a bit in the southeastern city of Passau.

Just a 10-minute drive from the border of Austria, Passau somehow flies under the radar with international tourists, but it might be one of the cutest and cleanest European cities I've ever seen.

Pastel walls and cobblestone streets line the center, and it's a relatively young university town.

There are 16 states in Germany, and my favorite is Bavaria, which Munich is the capital, and Passau is its neighbor by 2 hours.

My brilliant linguist friend @lavidachandra invited me to check out her Bavarian city, and I'm so glad I did.

I truly forget how magical being in Europe can feel. It's my favorite continent because I feel surrounded by picture-perfect streets, baroque architecture, and such rich smells and tastes of local cuisine.

As I gear up for round two of Oktoberfest this weekend with a batch of new friends coming into town, I'm so glad I had a couple days to recuperate here.

Germany, you're a gem. And Bavaria, you're an absolute treat ๐Ÿ’›

Serena Williams takes Oktoberfest y'all! It's hilarious how globally adored she is, because everyone from Germans to Italians to Croatians have yelled "Seveeeena Villiams!" as I pass by, and I hope she can appreciate how great of a reputation I'm giving her on these festival skreetz ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿพ As someone who travels 24/7 for work & play, I've been looking forward to attending for so long, and in the first couple days, I've had some of the most fun I've had in my life.

I can't wait for my future kids to see these pics and be like, "Mama lived her BEST life!" ๐Ÿ˜‚

I'm back with more fun facts and information to persuade you into attending at least once in your lifetime!

1. So why is it called Oktoberfest when it starts in September?

Well, Oktoberfest started the 12th of October back in 1810 to celebrate the Royal Wedding of King Ludwig 1 to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghause, and it carried on as a 21-day festival that starts the 3rd week of September and ends the 1st week of October.

So if you're already in Europe, you still have 6 more days to attend if you'd like!

2. Sometimes, I question what "influence" truly is. And then I have 3 friends book tickets to Germany after I posted yesterday's photo, and that's the best feeling in the world to me. So stoked y'all are excited!

3. Though it's a festival celebrating beer, you don't actually have to drink! It's like an adult playground. You can play games, win prizes, ride the ferris wheel, and people-watch the idiots who can't handle their alcohol. Highly entertaining!

4. It's free to enter the actual festival, but I'd budget roughly $100 USD/day for beer, food, and rides.

5. Standing on tables is the quickest way to get kicked out of a tent (there are 14 major ones total), and then standing on benches becomes acceptable after around 6pm.

German security guards are equal parts hot and terrifying, so don't piss them off, unless that's part of your game plan, in which case, go 'head sis ๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿพ Peep the stories for more madness. Seriously, these are some of my favorite video clips I've shared there, and there is plenty more to come, so stay tuned!

What other questions do y'all have?
Photo Cred | @haeleyryane

Ein prosit! ๐Ÿป Hallo aus der Wiesn!

There are no words to describe the absolute euphoria of Oktoberfest, the largest beer festival in the world, taking place in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.

It brings approximately 6.4 million tourists each year, and 6.7 million liters of beer are served.

I've been called a "Jamaican Princess" by elderly German women and being 1 of just a handful of black women here, the selfies have been abundant, and I've been greeted with such warm and genuine smiles by everyone.

You might see those massive glasses (steins) or as they say in Bavaria (maรŸ), and it fits a liter!

I've been averaging 4 liters a day, and I'm on the fast track to a dad bod any day now ๐Ÿ˜…

Until my blog post is up, here are some quick tips for those who wish to attend in the future!

1. Go dirndl and lederhosen shopping at a proper local place like Moser Trachten.

You can expect to spend anywhere from $100 - $250 USD for a proper dirndl.

There are cheap fabrics and costume-like ones, but once you see how tacky they look in comparison, you'll be persuaded to make the investment.

Speaking of dirndls, ladies, your bow matters! Wear it on the left if you're single, and to the right if you're taken.

Yes, German men are quite handsome and they'll be shooting their shot all day because they're drunk. Normally they're shy ๐Ÿ˜…

2. Go on any day except Saturday. You'll thank me later.

3. Women's restrooms are a mess. You might be in a line of almost 100 women, and if you get a table at a tent, you can't leave, especially on Saturday when it'll be at capacity, so you only have a couple restrooms to choose from.

My advice, pretend you have to vomit, and everyone will let you through ๐Ÿ˜‚

But only pull that trick out for an emergency, otherwise, wait your turn. I broke up a couple catfights from women who tried to cut and got caught.

4. Tip your servers and bathroom keepers. A glass of beer will run you about โ‚ฌ11. On your first drink, round up and pay โ‚ฌ15, your bartender will remember and take good care of you.

5. This shot was taken on the brand new @gopro #HERO7 and inspired by my friend @isthisreal's shot last year!

Peep my stories for BTS madness all week! ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ

๐Ÿ––๐ŸพSigning off from Burbank and hope you all enjoyed me playing tour guide and showing you a little gem of Los Angeles' backyard!

The more I travel the states, the more I realize how truly privileged I am to come from such a beautiful and diverse state.

I'm biased as a Californian, but California is truly the greatest state in the U.S.

Though you guys know I'm fully nomadic and spend 95% of my time overseas, let me know other states that you think deserve some highlighting.

And check my stories for more behind-the-scenes of everything I got up to while in Burbank!

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If I told you this was taken in New York, would you believe me? Well either way you answer, you're technically correct.

Welcome to Warner Bros. Hollywood Studios, where I'm standing on the very grounds that all 10 seaons of FRIENDS was shot on!

It's amazing just how realistic these sets and production studios can be.

From details like imported trees to fake tar gum stains that mimic the characteristics of New York streets, there is so much attention to detail that goes into these sets.

Exploring Warner Bros. production sets and being just steps away from where Ellen Degeneres films daily basically means I can die happy now.

To top it off, I got to try my hand at reading off of cue cards on the set of Friends, as well as getting my official house from The Sorting Hat from Harry Potter; see stories for my sorting ceremony!

This tour was my inner nerd's dream. 10/10 recommend. 12/10 pissed their pants in joy. 15/10 need to retake basic math class.

All the behind-the-scenes fun now live on my stories!

Then head over to @visitburbank to see me recap my entire week exploring Burbank and all my best tips for your visit when you come! ๐Ÿคฉ

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I take myself out on dates a lot. People might pity me when they see me alone, but there is nothing more liberating and sexy than someone who's confident in solitude.

The lovely folk at @castawayburbank hosted me on one of these solo date nights, and I was greeted with champagne upon arrival, so excuse me as I raise my standards ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿพ Like I mentioned in my stories yesterday, they recently went through a $10 million renovation project, so this place is decked out with private lounges and event halls.

Being from the Bay Area, I forget how California is made up of a lot of valleys. I came here just in time for sunset and got to catch God working His daily magic, painting the sky pink with passion as the sun said goodbye for a bit.

So tell me, when's the last time you took yourself out on a date and what internal dialogue and emotions did you feel?

Check the IG stories for some behind-the-scenes fun of my ascent to the Hollywood sign to get the photo you saw yesterday!

Having a blast with @visitburbank and though I haven't even left, I'm already planning my next visit! ๐ŸŒด #ad | #visitburbank | #burbank

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