Africa · In Photos · La Reunion · The Nomadic Life

Photo Gallery: Quirky Street Art in La Reunion

“You can always tell the kind of personality a place has by the way they treat graffiti,” – My little brother. If that’s the case, then I’d call La Reunion quirky, cartoonish, and welcome to the burst of color graffiti adds to its streets. Most of the graffiti I took photos of ended up being…… Continue reading Photo Gallery: Quirky Street Art in La Reunion

Africa · Ethiopia · In Photos · The Nomadic Life

Photo Gallery: Looking Back on One Month in Ethiopia

The month that Liz and I spent in Ethiopia marked a lot of strong positives and negatives. I was yelled at threateningly (twice), and Liz was told that all Americans should go to hell. Boarding a bus first thing in the morning turned out to be an experience akin to the running of the bulls.…… Continue reading Photo Gallery: Looking Back on One Month in Ethiopia

Africa · In Photos · Madagascar · The Nomadic Life · Travel

Photo-Frenzied in Morondava’s Avenue de Baobabs

I went to Madagascar’s most iconic and photographed site, and I didn’t bring my camera. Just kidding. Though I did think about it for theĀ purpose of writing a piece on how photography distracts from being present and the importance of absorbing and interacting with a place rather than documenting it. Maybe I should have done…… Continue reading Photo-Frenzied in Morondava’s Avenue de Baobabs

Africa · In Photos · Madagascar · Peace Corps · The Nomadic Life

Peace Corps Volunteer for a Week: When Shaz Came to Visit

The idea of inviting a non-Peace Corps volunteer to fly all the way to Madagascar and brave Taxi-brousses and kabones (outhouses) while living off rice and beans for a period of time is always an intimidating notion. I’ve tried to paint a realistic enough picture on this blog, but reading about a kabone and experiencing…… Continue reading Peace Corps Volunteer for a Week: When Shaz Came to Visit

Africa · In Photos · Madagascar · The Nomadic Life

A Skipped Beat: Tuesday Travel Snapshot in Diego, Madagascar

Bringing you a travel snapshot from Beat Nomad’s travel archives each and every Tuesday I recently found a blog describing Diego Suarez (the northernmost city in Madagascar, known as Antsiranana in Malagasy) as a “small fishing village”. It made me giggle a little, but then again, everything is relative. It’s small by western standards and…… Continue reading A Skipped Beat: Tuesday Travel Snapshot in Diego, Madagascar

In Photos · Switzerland · The Nomadic Life

A Skipped Beat: Tuesday Travel Snapshot in Lugano, Switzerland

Bringing you a travel snapshot from the Beat Nomad archives each and every Tuesday… … except for last Tuesday because I was having some internet problems. To continue with today’s post: I wish I had better pictures of Lugano, Switzerland. Even though I’ve ended up in the tiny Swiss town just north of Milan several…… Continue reading A Skipped Beat: Tuesday Travel Snapshot in Lugano, Switzerland

Africa · In Photos · Madagascar · The Nomadic Life

Photos From Inside an African Market

I hate to say it, but I’ve gotten used to the Antsirabe market’s smell. It’s a weird combination of muck and old produce, rice being cooked, and charcoal. The meat section has a totally different stench. Even after two years, I scrunch my face and try not to breathe it in as a walk quickly…… Continue reading Photos From Inside an African Market