Hi, my name is Lehsee. Thanks for joining me on Flight89. While I have you here, let’s catch up.
I am an HR pro by way of legal hustle; introvert to many, extrovert to few; and a passionate wannabe gonnabe pro traveler.
I first traveled internationally as a kid at age 7. From then on to the present, I can categorically say I have gone through three phases of travel: travel for refuge, travel for fun and travel for passion.
Travel for Refuge
Born and raised in Monrovia, Liberia, my first travel outside of Liberia was in 1996 – a road trip to Cote D’Ivoire, The Ivory Coast. It was not your average road trip. It was a long terrifying escape from the gruesome first Liberian civil war that claimed the lives of over half a million people.
My family and I lived in Ivory Coast briefly in 1996 and later made our way to Accra, Ghana via another road trip. Ghana was a safer option because it is further away from Liberia, which meant further away from the unrest. We lived in Accra for about 2 years and moved back Liberia this time via Ghana Airways – my first ever plane ride! In 2003, I fled yet again to Accra following the outbreak of the second Liberian civil war. And then finally in 2007, seeking safety, stability, and opportunities, I relocated to the United States.
As you can tell, traveling as a kid was a pursuit of refuge. It was almost always a necessary move to stay alive. Yet, even in seeking refuge, I found excitement in being in unfamiliar places.
Travel for fun
As an adult in the US, I started to intentionally travel for fun back in 2009. Fun then was centered on visiting families and friends across various states. I cannot say precisely when the transition from this phase to the next happened, but I can say with certainty that it was amplified by my trip to Jamaica.
Travel for Passion
My experience in Jamaica was amazing. It was fun! It fired up my passion for experiencing life in other parts of the world. And unsurprisingly so when I left, I made a bucket list of countries that I decided I must visit either because of food, ways of life, history, culture etc etc etc. As I became more involved with my list, my curiosity about the world expanded. At this time, it was clear I had caught the travel bug.
From country to country, city to city, I am now eager to learn more about the past; different ways of life; experience what fun means from place to place; and of course, try different foods!
This is where this blog, Flight 89, comes in.
Why Flight 89?
The word, “flight,” denotes travel, on-the-go, on-the-move; and 89 is the year that I was born. Like an airplane takes off from one destination to another, my life took off in the year 89, moving figuratively and literally from one atmosphere to another. I would like to think of Flight89 as my constant and perpetual mode of transportation that takes me places – the unseen force and engine that gets me going.
And I would like this blog to be a place where I can bring some of my literal movements on Flight 89 to life. Most importantly, I want it to be a place where everyone can learn about some of the most fascinating and random things about the world.
If you are interested, take a seat, fasten your seat belt and let’s take off and land places together.