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An overnight bus and twenty hours later- Uganda

March 1st, 2010 by · 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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Tanzania’s Forgotten Children

February 26th, 2010 by · 3 Comments · Africa, Tanzania

Around the colossal baobab tree mamas in bright kangas sell tomatoes and red onions while the village elders gather seeking shade. A scattering of chinese rusted bicycles perched up on stands lean into one another. School girls in frayed uniform skirts of green and blue run past. Heads turn as the white land-cruiser explodes through […]

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Mount Meru

February 3rd, 2010 by · 4 Comments · Africa, Tanzania

We climbed ten thousand feet in less than forty eight hours, camping twice along the way. Five minutes before sunrise, Darlene and I gained the summit and Marco joined us as the sun rose over Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance. We were the first to summit that day just ahead of a massive group of […]

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Grace Palmer Oct. 1, 1920 – Jan. 20, 2010

January 20th, 2010 by · 7 Comments · Africa, Tanzania

My grandmothers house was immaculate and full of treats, but not too many, just always the right amount. The lawn was always mowed and we tore divots playing outdoors on summer afternoons. There were bedrooms for me and my sister and beds made up snug and tight without so much as a wrinkle. She kept […]

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Serengeti Dreams

January 12th, 2010 by · 6 Comments · Africa, Tanzania

Five minutes into the park we saw a young lioness tearing apart a Buffalo. If you have never seen a grown lioness stretch and flex her massive figure, let me just note they are sculpted power. It left an impression. Safari guides have a network of communication to inform each other of the animals presence, […]

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