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Santorini: you are beautiful 

I haven't traveled to as many places as I would like, however, of all the places I have been Santorini is my favorite. As the plane flew over the island and prepared for landing, I was instantly taken back. At this point, however,I wasn't  able to fully grasp the true beauty of the island. We grabbed our luggage from baggage and headed straight to the taxi zone. Still, I wasn't prepared for it's true beauty.
We drove up the mountain to our hotel, it was beautiful. We were ready to drop off our luggage and explore the island and all of its hidden beauty. Though, at 7 am our room was hardly ready as the entire island was sleeping and no one was checking out. We chatted with the receiptionist and she urged us to leave our luggage with her and explore the caldera.

The Caldere is a cauldron-like volcanic depression that collapsed after a volcanic eruption during the Minoan civilization. Long story short, this eurpution created the island.  When we first walked across the caldere, we were both stunned.  We've never seen anything like it. The view of the Aegean Sea, a view of other islands, and a view of the the entire coast of Santorini.  We walked to the  top untill we could go no further and with each step the view was simply amazing. 

Our first meal was grilled whole sea bass.  We wanted snapper but the restaurant was all out–bummer! For dinner we kept it simple with chicken and lamb Kaboobs.

The next day we took an ATV and found the city Karami.  It is located at the lowest level and home of the beautiful black sand beach.  Much to the surprises of my ignorance, the black sand beach was actually blacks rocks.  Walking on the beach was hot and very painful ! Even still, the beach and all its views was absolutely beautiful.

Our final day was a catch all.  We went back to Karami and this time tip toed into the cold Aegean Sea.  We then went on an adventure to try and find Oia. We followed all of the directions but unfortunately we couldn't find it and decided to go back to Thira and continue our adventure there.

One of the more surprising things about Santorini to me was the pizza.  The pizza was better than Italy and better than New York!

Last but certainly not least, the sunset in Thira was everything everyone said it would be plus so much more. For many reasons this is my favorite city and I'm excited to go back.


— Esqure in love.

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The Magical City of Athens 

This year I opened my birthday in Athens, Greece. I landed in this magical city on my born day, cheers to me!

To be completely frank, I initially used Athens as a layover for my true destination, Santorini. However, in true magical  form, Athens proved me wrong.  Powerful–it felt powerful to be in a city that has existed since 3000 BC. It felt powerful to take in a city that existed before God sent his only son to this earth. Athens is powerful. We visited the ancient city. We saw Acropolis, the Temple of Zeus, The Parthenon of Athens, and Panathenaic Stadium. I vividly remember growing up in school and learning about greek methodology and being intrigued.  Being in ancient Athens, I learned that to read about these monuments is  one thing but to experience them is something completely different.

I never really believed in greek methodology and I am not sure that I believe in it now. What I do know is that it took an intelligent group of people with unimaginable strength to have built these monuments over 5000 years ago without the technological tools that we are so reliant upon today.  Even when considering the modern day restoration efforts in Acropolis, one must wonder why it takes heavy machinery to restore monuments that were built with only hands.

As a former track athlete with olympic dreams, I had to visit the Panathenaic Stadium–the home of the first Olympic Games. I climbed to the top of the stadium stairs (I couldn’t feel my legs afterwards)  and the view was spectacular. I even took a stab at triple jump, and my shins obviously hated me afterwards.

— Esquire in Love ❤

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Punta Cana: Views from the other side

So, it’s wedding season. I’m not exactly sure who dubbed this season as wedding season—but I don’t make the rules. My brother proposed to an amazing woman and they will be getting married in September. With all weddings comes the bachelorette party! My soon-to-be sister-in-law invited me to partake in her bachelorette festivities. The destination was Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. When I initially learned of the destination I was hesitant. My hesitiaton stemmed from all the negative things i’ve heard and read about how Dominicans have historically treated darker skin people and people of Haitian decent.

What I learned was one should never let the opinions or even experiences of others define your own views and perceptions. The island was absolutely beautiful and the people were very welcoming.  There were some people that were rude and tried to scam us, but they accounted for a small minority of who we actually encountered. Punta Cana was different than other islands. Specifically,  I’ve noticed that on other island the people speak english. In Punta Cana, Spanish was truly the language of the country and it was difficult finding an someone to translate.

Lastly, my favorite part was the diversity of tourist. We met people from all of the world enjoying the island just as we were.  Be young. Be free. and travel.

 

–Esquire in love.

 

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The Adversity of the Black Esquire

This is my experience in my young career as a black attorney. I suddenly found myself in a place where I owed an ethical obligation to my client which heavily conflicted with my morality.

I walked into the conference room confidently and boldly with my client by my side as I signaled him to take a seat. I then signaled to the court reporter that we were ready to proceed with the deposition. My client was sworn in and the proceeding shortly began. It was a typical deposition with typical questions. I objected when I needed to and stayed silent when I needed to.  As I began to feel the deposition about to come to an end, I began to feel relaxed and anxious to leave. Then it happened, I was sandbagged with racial slurs.  Opposing counsel began on a series of questions which caught me off guard. He would repeat racist  quotes then ask my client if he ever said those words to anyone. He was vague with the questions and the source of the quotes. Opposing counsel repeated the racial slurs several times. After each time, I felt myself shrinking into my seat.  I was in a room full of white men who made it their mission to make sure I understood that I represented a person who hated people that looked like me. My client denied ever uttering the words and immediately stormed  out.  At the conclusion of the deposition, my client expressed to me that he was upset because he felt as though he was made out to be racist and that he wasn’t racist. I was fine with that and I could have accepted that. Then he said, “I dated a beautiful black woman before.”  Anyone who has a meager sense of “wokeness” understands that this a horrible way to explain that you are not racist.

I do not tell this story to say that suddenly I realized that race in America was a real issue. No. Unfortunately I have dealt with much worse forms of blatant racism that was directed towards me. In fact, my earliest account of pure racism was in kindergarten at age 5.  I tell this story to show what many of us young black professionals encounter in our daily work lives. I think that some of us, myself included, want to desperately believe that because we are educated with careers that we are beyond racism. But that isn’t how racism works because racism isn’t personal–its about the color of you skin and nothing else.

 

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The Chronicles of the Haitian-Cuban

In the most spontaneous series of events, a group of 8 women and 2 men decided to pack their backpacks and board a flight to Havana, Cuba. Cuba has become America’s forbidden fruit. While most americans are either hesitant or fearful to travel to Cuba, particularly because of lingering fears from the historical “red scare” followed by a a travel ban, I was not ever fearful. Rather, I was quite the opposite. I was excited mainly because I have family roots in Cuba but also because of my love for travel. The flights were low, the flight was short, and the airbnb was reasonably priced. It was extremely doable to take a weekend trip to Cuba, spend little, and not take a day off from work. So in all actuality, I can meet my billable goals and explore a foreign country. Work hard play hard, call me the travel savvy esquire!

There are not enough descriptive words in the english dictionary to properly explain the remarkable beauty that is Havana. It was as if the airplane was a time machine and we were transported to the 1960’s and everything was left completely untouched. Havana is uncorrupted from the modern day travesties that are both a gift and a curse. There are no GPS systems and yet with only a mere address the taxi can take you to your exact destination. The buildings were colorful and beautiful. The streets of Old Havana are paved with stone. Actually, to be a bit more relatable, it was as if the time machine took us back to old Miami. The Miami that was before the greed of money and high rises corrupted it.

As an island girl, I thought Havana would be just like any other island. Small, tropical, and beautiful sand. To my surprise, Havana was so much more. There were so many moments when I walked down the streets of Havana and felt as though I had been dreaming. None of it seemed real. I guess it was hard to imagine a city without the pollution, traffic, rudeness, litter, and people too occupied with their phones that they can’t say hello.

Havana is breathtaking, it is fun, and it is absolutely beautiful.

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Do What You Want 2017. 

My best friend and I have come up with a theme for 2017.  We call it : do what you want 2017.  I’m a firm believer that most things in life should have a theme.  I think that themes are great motivators. For example, you use the theme to remind yourself what the goal is and what your purpose is.  This year, our theme is “do what you want”.  

Sometimes in life, well at least in my life, I get so focused on the idea of what I’m supposed to be doing instead of what I actually want to do. I think it’s easy for us, or at least me, to fall into this cookie cutter schedule of what I belive I should be doing to obtain some goal that I think I should achieve in some cookie cutter timeframe.  So I’ve dedicated this year, and of course the years to follow, to finally breaking free from what  I think should happen. So, “do what you want 2017” is about doing what I actually want to do, without consideration for what I think I ought to do.  

The key of course is balance. I’m not naive and this isn’t a movie. I still have responsibilities and career goals to be mindful of.  My hope is to find a balance between what I actually want to do and what I should/ need to do.  
I’ll figure it out. More to come loves.  ❤️.