I'm back in Africa and it feels so surreal. I flew into Joburg International yesterday and got picked up by Crucial, a taxi driver originally from Zimbabwe. He was chilled and happy to discuss southern African politics with me. Nothing is a more satisfying welcome than an engaging conversation with a cabbie when arriving at … Continue reading Back in Africa
Let's hope so. I feel like I have been in purgatory in the past year or so, due to some unexpected personal circumstances. But, there are hopes on the horizon for things to turn up again. It is a good feeling. I hope this will help me have an even more fulfilling time in southern … Continue reading Things work out for the earnest ones?
Pictured are the big items that I bought for this trip. I made all of my purchases on Amazon and did a fair amount of research and informal cost-benefit analysis to come up with the final choices. Might I say that these choices were not easy to make. I spent a few months going back … Continue reading Supplies for Africa 2.0
Hello all! I am excited to share that I am planning my second trip to Africa in a couple months! Though a part of me wants to see another part of Africa, such as Western or Eastern Africa, I know that I definitely want to see some of my Zambian friends again, so I have … Continue reading Africa 2.0 in the plans
Some people say that Africa can really steal your heart. As a self-identified rational being, I thought that was something that might happen for carefree hippies, but certainly not myself. I haven't travelled the world, but have been to my fair share of places and I wouldn't say any place had captured my heart thus … Continue reading My African story continues
I returned home at the end of November. Home is not the same after such a life-changing journey. I appreciate the modern comforts of the First world, but moreso, I miss the raw humanity of Africa. I even miss the tightly packed kombis, or minibuses. I appreciated how a flowing cooperation among the driver, conductor, … Continue reading Home.
Just outside of Lusaka, there is an incredible elephant orphanage by Lilayi Road. These young elephants are rescued by the NGO who operates the orphanage. In many cases, the mothers of the babies were shot and killed by poachers. Approximately, 96 elephants are killed by poachers every day, in Africa. It is very sad to … Continue reading Elephant Orphanage