Have you ever been to Andorra? No wait, the real question should be, Have you ever heard of Andorra? Landlocked between Spain and France, Andorra is one of the smallest countries in Europe. It has no airports, no seaports, no train stations, and the only way to get to Andorra is by using a motor vehicle or foot. Fun fact: the closest train station to Andorra is in France and its only 2 kilometers away from the border (now you know!!!).
Andorra is a mountainous country filled with ski resorts. However, I came during the summer, so my trip to Andorra wasn't about the powdery snow, it was about HIKING.
I hiked all the way up 7,878 feet (or 2,400 meters) to the top where I could see the entire country of France. I was proud of my hike because black people don't like really hiking... Well, at least the black people I know.
Whatever the stereotype... I came, I saw, I hiked. And so should you. It's incredible.
When you think of some of the best things about travel, the list doesn't stop... food, people, adventure, history, the sites, and the CULTURE...
When traveling, and two or more of the things above happen, it's a very memorable moment. In a lot of cases, unforgettable. So what do you do? You do what any tourist would do in the 21st century, you document it with facebook, instagram, or you snapchat!
Let's talk about some of the things people like to take pictures of. Off the top of my head, people go crazy over beaches. Nothing is more calming than perfect blue skies and the matching ocean blue. We've all seen the pictures and felt the effects of these pictures have on our everyday psyche. Makes you wanna pack up and go.
However, in my opinion, some of the most magical views are the ones taken closer to GOD. These are the mountain range pictures packed with beauty and wonder. To see such a heavenly view live and in person is tough to explain, it's just something you need to experience. These kind of views are the ones that make you wanna rethink life and your leisure activities because it's THAT AMAZING.
This brings me to: "LUNCH WITH A VIEW" :
I once had "LUNCH WITH A VIEW" and I could never stop thinking about it. I was skiing in the alps mountain for hours and my friend and I can across a restaurant sitting on top of a mountain with an even better view of another mountain. Enough talk ...take a look for yourself... Eating french fries in France!
One other time I enjoyed "LUNCH WITH A VIEW" was in Morocco. Have you ever tried Tagine? It's a traditional meal and I ate in front of Morocco's largest waterfall - Ouzoud Falls.
To me, this is all about Philing The Culture. When your favorite Phil The Culture moment combines with another, it's a great time to document. These pictures are what Philing The Culture is all about. Two great travel moments rolled in ONE ... This is, LUNCH WITH A VIEW!
In 2016 I became a snap-traveler. Whats a snap-travler you ask? Well, you can watch THIS VIDEO or you can check my earlier blog posts. Becoming a snap traveler I was able use snapchat through 21 countries. Well, 23 if you count Palestine and Catalonia.
So many different cultures put a smile on my face. Hopefully this video does the same for you...If you follow me on Snapchat thanks for all the love. Be on the look out for Individual videos for most of the countries I've traveled this is just a recap. Soooo... sit back and phil the culture with me .
Austria, home of Amadeus, Arnold, Adolf and the Alps. That's alot of "a´s." As usual, when I arrived in I had no expectations ... SIDE NOTE ... When traveling, by having certain expectations you can set yourself up for failure. Its the number three rule in my travelers hand book.
#3: have NO Expectations...
If you want other rules, let me know!
Its that time of year again! Basketball fans around the land are gearing up to see some great college basketball games and what comes with great basketball games ... great shots ... speaking of great shots ... I have a segment on my Snapchat called SHOT OF THE DAY. And since I'm a snap traveler I incorporate that shot almost every where I go.
So, sit back relax and enjoy the big dance ... along with my shot of the day in different countries. Oh and if you're not following me on Snapchat, please do! ---> PHILWAUKEE
As a youngster Watching College basketball, I knew that someday it could be my reality.... Eventually playing college basketball was just that. Back then, watching TV showed me what the world could be and had in store for me. TV was an outlet into new possibilities. I imagine that entertainment for kids still has the same affect, whether it be the internet, TV, film, etc...
So, I say all that to say this... Imagine the fear in young black males lives when they watch TV and see what's going on. I don't have any answers but I'm part of the equation that's in this problem. Through my travels, I went to Chicago and filmed a blacklivesmatter rally...
What's up everyone. Just dropping this update because I've missed everyone. I'm currently back in Denmark planning my next trips and also looking to connect with new brands so I can continue to PHIL THE CULTURE!
Get ready for a couple new videos coming to the blog this week. If anyone wants to connect don't forget to hit me up. If you have any thoughts on brands I can connect with YOU BETTER HIT ME UP.
See you soon...
Thank you, WOW AIR!
In case some of you guys forgot (you better not have!) I'm a SnapTraveler with Wow Airlines. They just released a great video of us 4 travelers meeting and exploring Iceland. I can't wait to get back on the road...
Be sure to follow me on snapchat: PHILWAUKEE ... If you haven't already go follow follow WOW AIRLINES on snapchat: WOW-AIR ... Now watch the great video...
I'm happy to say that I'm a #SnapTraveler with WOW AIRLINES. Be sure to check out their snapchat page: Wow-Air so you can follow as I traveler to different locations.
Also, follow me on Snapchat (Philwaukee) or on Youtube, which, by the way - subscribe on YouTube! I'll be posting more often on Snapchat...
For the pass 20 years I've identified myself as a basketball player (pretty much as long as Kobe has been a Laker) however that all came to a sudden end a few weeks ago. The doctor shut down my comeback faster than a trump rally in Chicago.
To make a long story short, last season I tore my patella tendon. In my head I scheduled a great and glorious come back. However, because this was my second knee surgery in 3 seasons the expectations in my head didn’t meet reality. The doctors sat me down and told me I was done playing.
Glorious comeback… over.
I know what you’re thinking: you can’t just give up. True. Very true. That’s something I think about, but if I keep playing I’ll be doing serious harm to my body. Not just aches and pains kind of serious, but crooked knees, crooked back, can’t walk kind of serious harm to my body. Father time is unmatched, every body gets worn down, whether you play a sport or not, and now I’ll have to hang up my basketball shoes ASAP.
Which brings me to a moment in my mind: I can clearly remember buying my first pair of basketball shoes. It made me feel excited and optimistic. It made me feel ready for whatever becoming a basketball player was all about. I’ll never forget that feeling.
Fast forward back to today - Hanging up these shoes my feeling are totally opposite. I’m still trying to work through how I feel. The main thing I feel is fear . I’ve competitively played basketball for nearly my entire life. Truthfully, I don't know how to not be a basketball player. For 20 years basketball has given my life structure. I defined myself as a basketball player.
Shakespeare once said ... "To be...or not to be?...That is the question.” No, the question is..."What defines me now?" That’s what I have to digest. What defines me now? I’ll never stop searching for that answer.
I keep in mind a statement a friend told me. "...I believe there is no Good or bad experiences. Things happen for us, not to us.”
Everyone is faced with a scenario like this. We all face crossroads and we all handle them differently. I’m not saying there’s one right way to approach a cross road, but for me, I just remind myself that things happen for us, not to us.