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More Feathers

More Feathers

When I wrote my first all-birds post a few months ago, I was still resisting labeling myself a full-fledged bird person. Bird-watchers don’t exactly have a rep for being people you want to hang out with. I think it was a Lilac Breasted Roller, the national bird of Botswana, that pushed me over the edge. … Continue reading

Rainbow Nation

Rainbow Nation

South Africa is one of the largest and most populous countries in Africa, and one of the benefits of its size is diversity. The country has beautiful beaches, dramatic mountain ranges, bustling cities, peaceful farmlands, and everything in between. And the population is equally diverse — South Africa is home to people of African, Indian, … Continue reading

Safari Fever: Kruger and Maasai Mara

Safari Fever: Kruger and Maasai Mara

In July and August, I visited what are probably the two most famous national parks in Africa: the Kruger Park in South Africa, and the Maasai Mara in Kenya. I don’t know how these two ended up being two of the last that I visited, but I guess I have been known to do things … Continue reading

Bush Babies

Bush Babies

A selection of Kenyan, Ugandan, and South African adorableness from the past two months.

Real Time

Real Time

In mid-June, when I was writing blog entries about places I’d been in mid-April, I promised myself that I would catch up before leaving Gaborone, and I came very close to succeeding — hence, the flood of new posts in late June. Then, I promised myself that I would blog at least once a week … Continue reading

Extreme Showers

Extreme Showers

During the early days in Africa, I wrote a little bit about Extreme Reading. Now I think it’s time to share another, less sought-after experience that I’ve grown accustomed to: Extreme Showering. Anyone who has ever showered in the developing world knows that it’s hit-or-miss. I’ve had it pretty easy on this trip for the … Continue reading

Very belated goodbye to Cape Town

Very belated goodbye to Cape Town

It’s been a few weeks now since I left Cape Town (I blame a combination of wi-fi deprivation and a crazy tour schedule), but before I start flooding the blog with Namibia / Botswana photos, I wanted to post about my last few days in Cape Town. The highlight of those last few days was … Continue reading

Elana’s exercise tips

Elana’s exercise tips

I finally discovered the cure for “can’t-get-myself-to-go-to-the-gym syndrome.” All along, it turns out that I just needed to have a gym with a view like this: Oh, it also helps to not have a job. That’s not too much to ask, right?

Getting serious about sightseeing

Getting serious about sightseeing

Now that I’m getting closer to the end of my time in Cape Town — which has flown by — I’m trying to make sure that I don’t miss out on any of the must-sees. At the end of last week, I visited two of Cape Town’s biggest tourist attractions — Robben Island and Table … Continue reading