The Elephant Cloud


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Author Darlene Nastansky

Darlene Nastansky
Combining my love for the outdoors and medicine, I have practiced Orthopedics as a Physician Assistant for 11 years. In 2009, I left to pursue my dream of travel and adventure. I packed up everything and left for a 12 month jaunt around the world, with time to volunteer in third world medicine, publish articles, climb peaks and rent motor-scooters. My experience continues to open more avenues, I find myself speaking at fundraisers, packing for a return voyage to Ethiopia for a specific medical cause, freelancing .... The flood gates of my dreams have opened! No one would have guessed 23 years ago, as a teen parent, I would have pulled myself from the throes of poverty into the dreams of a lifetime. As a young girl nurtured beneath the Arizona sunshine, I found my way to the Northwest where climbing, mountain biking, back country skiing and trail running were never far away. My newest quests include sultry twilight passages, unfamiliar utterances, chaos, foreign soils and trading medical knowledge with the third world. Please feel free to contact me at


May 20th, 2010 by Darlene Nastansky · 4 Comments · Middle East, Palestine

“Why do you want to venture into the West Bank?“ Ominous 25ft walled gates wrapped in barbed wire and torn plastic bags escorted my crossing. Passport control, one-way turnstile, another passport control.  An endless reminder of entering somewhere forbidden, dangerous as I cleared each security check, until the last gates opened and I entered Bethlehem,  […]

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When Antibiotics Aren’t Enough

April 12th, 2010 by Darlene Nastansky · 6 Comments · Africa, Ethiopia

Loaded with drugs, dental tools, used reading glasses and medical supplies, the Land Cruiser sat idle as ten Ethiopians, Americans and a Britt wedged their bodies into the vehicle, vying for cramped space. We were headed an hour west into remote Ethiopia, close to Sudan’s border, where an under-stocked, dilapidated clinic waited our arrival. Satellite […]

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Tomb Raiders of the Lost Cairo

March 30th, 2010 by Darlene Nastansky · 9 Comments · Africa, Egypt

Filmed on location in Egypt, 2010. Some people tour the tombs with a guide, some people go without a guide and some people hire the right girls to get the job done.

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Kampala’s stork splatterings

March 16th, 2010 by Darlene Nastansky · 2 Comments · Africa, Uganda

New York has the ubiquitous pigeon, Kampala has Marabou storks. Uganda’s stately birds reach the height of a six year old stumbling around in a tattered waiter’s suit while the wing spans almost nine feet. Resembling old men in contemplation, the birds keep a tight eye on the patrons in the nation’s capital from telephone […]

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An overnight bus and twenty hours later- Uganda

March 1st, 2010 by Darlene Nastansky · 7 Comments · Africa, Tanzania, Uganda

East African boarders, overland. Tales of seedy characters, red-eyed border patrol, machine guns wasting in corners, dank corridors. Stories abound, we prepared for the worst, three borders in twenty hours, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. “You will be here,  at the station, 2:30? we,” the voice breaks, unclear. I step from the loud bar, “But the […]

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