Museum Of Ice Cream Los Angeles

I don’t remember when or how I came across the Museum Of Ice Cream (MOIC) Instagram account, but when I did, I fell in love! All the color. All the fun. All the fab. So when a girl’s trip to LA commenced, we HAD to make an appearance. And let me tell you, this was an unforgettable experience! If you ever have the opportunity to visit any of the MOIC locations, I fully recommend it.

The experience starts outside where there is music and dancing. I had a mini jam session with some of the staff who all wear pink, even down to their Apple Watch bands – how cute?! You are then taken in groups to the entrance and learn a little bit about MOIC and solemnly swear to have fun, take pictures and touch almost everything. The smaller groups help to enhance the museum experience as you’re not rushed or crowded.

Upon entering the doors of MOIC, you’re greeted with your first treat. Each room in the museum has a special sweet treat from ice cream to magical concoctions made of candy. Pro Tip: Don’t eat too much before you visit so you can fully enjoy each treat.

Each room in the Museum of Ice Cream pays homage to a type of ice cream, its toppings, and vibrant colors that make you feel nostalgic. The MOIC provokes magical, happy thoughts making it OK to literally scream for ice cream.

Unlike many museums, MOIC strongly encourages flash photography and video. And you know what else is encouraged? Playing in a pool of sprinkles and hugging giant gummy bears. You guys. Seriously, the MOIC is like a dream! All the things you image as a kid come to life and you can document it all.

We had so much fun taking photos/Instagram Boomarangs, stuffing ourselves with delicious sweet treats and making memories. The Museum of Ice Cream is the perfect mixture of art, color, and childhood dreams come true.

**Thanks for reading; you’re F.A.Bulous. 

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A Fabulous South African Experience

Growing up watching Disney Channel Original Movies like “The Color of Friendship”, an emotional children’s film following the friendship of two girls, one white from South Africa, and one black from America; I never thought I would get the opportunity to visit the very place some of the movie chronicled.

Thanks to one of my very best friends, Jennifer, I had the chance to visit her while she completes a work project in South Africa, and live just a little like the friends in the movie.

Now when you think Africa, most people say The Lion King, safaris, and African tribes come to mind. That’s not at all the case for South Africa – Johannesburg at least. So what is South Africa really like? Amazing! But no, it’s probably not like what you think.

From 1948 to 1994, South Africa went through a period of segregation called Apartheid where whites, blacks, Indians, and Asians were all separated by hate. After years of sufferage, leaders like Nelson Mandela were able to break down barriers and create peace. The city of Johannesburg today is full of new developement, tall buildings, beeping cars, palm trees, and contrary to popular belief, sometimes snow!

I fully encourage travel, and traveling often, so if you’re considering a visit to South Africa, read on for some tips to make the most of your vacation.

Flight
If you’re in America, Africa is across some water and on another continent. Prepare for a LONG flight. Total, my flights were 19 hours including short layovers. Be sure to rest up, wear comfy clothes, and book a window or isle seat. The middle seat on long flights are the worst!

Money
In South Africa, you’ll pay with Rand, and you will be surprised by the exchange rates. Our dollar is worth more, so when shopping and buying food, you’ll feel rich! But be careful because it can be easy to just spend money since things are a little bit cheaper. To put it into perspective, a steak dinner, appetizers, drinks, and sides for 3 will likely be a little less than 50 US dollars. Be sure to bring cash and exchange your money at your hotel to avoid credit/debit card fees.

Safety
Because of the Apartheid, things aren’t all rainbows and sunshine. Like anywhere, there’s a fine line between safety and freedom. Ladies. Wear a purse that is not easily accessible for pick pocketors to get into. Small to mid-size sadle bags work well, so you can carry them close to your person. For men, a wallet that zips and fits in your front pockets may work best. You’ll also find that establishments close somewhat early compared to the US, so make plans accordingly and DO NOT take a taxi to reach your destination. Ubers and the train are the safest forms of transportation next to getting around by way of any locals you may know.

Activities
There’s so much to see and do! Here’s just a brief list:

  • Apartheid Museum (bring tissue, it’s quite sad, but a must-see to understand the culture)
  • Lion Park (you can actually interact with the animals – so cool!)
  • Lillies Farm (Nelson Mandela took refuge here)
  • Soweto (A colorful city in the midst of South Africa)
  • Shopping (there are several great malls including Sandton City and Rosebank)
  • Monte Carlo Casino
  • Fine Dining (try the ostrich and a restaurant called Moyo for live music and a welcoming African atmosphere)
  • Sunday Market (interact with the locals to purchase hand-made, authentic goods)

**Thanks for reading; you’re F.A.Bulous.