A Vacation to Remember

My family and I try to take trips at least once a year, whether it be to different cities and states in the U.S. or a totally different country. At the end of 2012, from December to January of 2013, my family and I took a trip to The Gambia in West Africa. It is without a doubt my most favorite trip that we’ve ever taken, and something I will always remember.


We got to see family that we had never met before, and had such a blast doing things we had never done and things we had never seen ourselves doing, like touching a crocodile and riding a motorcycle on the beach. It was amazing to experience a different lifestyle and encounter a new group of people who were so loving and accepting, even though they had never even met us before. Not to mention that the scenery was so beautiful, though very different from what I was used to in the United States.

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One really big difference I noticed while in The Gambia was how there was no real containment for the animals. While there, we visited a crocodile park and there was a fence to an extent, then there was just open land for the crocodiles to roam, and if they really wanted to, to escape too. We also encountered lots of animals just sitting or walking around in the open, which took some getting used to. Another thing was the mutual trust of the people. When I first arrived, I saw a girl who had to have been no older than 6 years old enter a taxi by herself. That happened quite frequently while we were there and I found it strange at first because they never seemed nervous or anything. I realized that it was normal and they did what they had to do to get things done. I found their strength and hustle admirable.


My favorite part of our vacation was meeting that side of my family I never thought I would have the opportunity to meet. We talked as if we’d known each other forever and it was exciting to see them all together and so happy. I never felt that there was any ill feelings towards us and it was refreshing to be able to be myself knowing that I would be loved anyway.

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Visiting The Gambia was the best thing that ever could’ve happened to me and I hope that I am able to go back soon. Do you have a favorite vacation? Where?


“You cannot fully understand your own life without knowing and thinking beyond your life, your own neighborhood, and even your own nation.”

Dr. Johnetta Cole


Welcome to Quoteablackgirl!

My freshman year of high school, during finals. I’m standing in front of a class of over fifty people, a group bigger than I have ever presented in front of before, presenting my project. At first, everything is going well. Out of nowhere, my anxiety begins to creep up on me and I blank out and forget my entire project. I spend a good two minutes staring at the class with wide eyes before the teacher reads my script to remind me of where I left off.


Hi, I’m Kamaria! Welcome to my blog and all the adventures it will bring! I’m a freshman in college from Ohio, and I plan on studying journalism and traveling around the world. Aside from writing, I love to sing, read, and bake. I’m also really into crafts and building things.


I decided to create a blog because I have a deep passion for writing, though I keep it concealed, and I wanted to share my writing with others. I find that writing helps keep my imagination alive and I find it calming. I hope through reading my blog you will find inspiration, laughter, and joy all around.


I tend to be a shy person but through blogging I want to be able to come out of my shell and learn to open up more, as I tend to be more of myself when I am writing. Aside from that, my goal with this blog is to share my internal thoughts and my experiences, to improve my writing skill, and hopefully meet new friends along the way. I usually keep my writings to myself and I am excited to go on the journey that this blog will take me on.


Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog, I hope you enjoyed this little piece about me! I plan to update my blog frequently, at the minimum once a week. I encourage any and all comments, and for this week’s blog, I would love to hear about an embarrassing moment you had! Till next time!





“Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew.”

–  Cicely Tyson