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Rwanda: Two days; one thousand hills

Rwanda: Two days; one thousand hills

Rwanda wasn’t on my radar as a place to visit until the end of January, when I started hearing from a few friends in New York about the burgeoning tourism industry there. Rwanda still didn’t make it onto my “Must-see/go/do” list, but by the time I left in February it had been upgraded from “As … 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

More of Mozambique: Maputo, Inhambane, and around

More of Mozambique: Maputo, Inhambane, and around

The highlight of my trip to Mozambique was definitely the Bazaruto excursion, but I also really enjoyed visiting the capital city, Maputo, and the beautiful beaches around Inhambane. Maputo is located in the southern part of the country, on the coast. In some ways, it’s similar to other African cities that I’ve visited: bustling markets; … Continue reading

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

Toto, I don’t think we’re in the Hamptons anymore

Toto, I don’t think we’re in the Hamptons anymore

Scenes from some of this summer’s weekend getaways… Sunday afternoon with a friend’s family in Serowe, one of Botswana’s largest villages (more like a small town — actually, a large town by Botswana standards). Pumpkin and sorghum porridge — not my usual Sunday brunch, but yum. Bonfire and barbecue on the grounds of Khama Rhino … 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

Home sweet Gaborone

Home sweet Gaborone

I had planned to finish posting about my April travels before writing about life in Gaborone, but I’ve been here for almost a month now and still not caught up, so I figure it’s about time for an actual live update. Since early May, I’ve been living in Gaborone, the capital city of Botswana. Batswana … Continue reading

Daniel in Africa, Part One: Nairobi –> Serengeti

Daniel in Africa, Part One: Nairobi –> Serengeti

After my beach vacation (can you still call it a vacation if you haven’t been working?), I had one day in Nairobi to eagerly await Daniel’s arrival. It rained the entire day. I tried to figure out whether there was any way to waterproof our itinerary (metaphorically, not literally), but concluded that there was not. … Continue reading

Killing time on the Kenyan coast

Killing time on the Kenyan coast

In between Juliet leaving Nairobi and Daniel arriving in Nairobi, I had about a week to spend in Kenya, and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it. On the recommendation of Juliet, her friends, and a kind-of-obnoxious-but-seemingly-very-knowledgeable-about-Kenya woman I met on a plane, I decided to head for the coast. Only-in-Africa Beach-Vacation-Planning … Continue reading