Adventure Travel · Africa · Ethiopia · The Nomadic Life

On the Roof of Africa: Trekking in Simien Mountains, Ethiopia

Four Days of Walking For the four days Liz and I trekked through the Simien Mountains, the smell of wild thyme followed us. The wind was full of strong gusts of the scent that reminded me of old, unidentifiable memories, as we hiked from one beautiful vista to the next, among wild baboons, birds, and…… Continue reading On the Roof of Africa: Trekking in Simien Mountains, Ethiopia

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

Adventure Travel · Africa · Travel · Uganda

What it’s Like Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

In the jungle Standing in the mess of twisted vines and jungle overgrowth in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, our little group of explorers — myself, my friend, a middle-aged Swedish couple, our guide, scouts, and trackers — stood in silence as we stared at a family of silverback gorillas in front of us. They stared back,…… Continue reading What it’s Like Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Africa · Ethiopia · Travel

Drinking Coffee with Tomoca, Addis Ababa’s Oldest Roasters

My inspiration to travel to Ethiopia came while drinking a cup of coffee that tasted like cardboard. I wanted good coffee, and I felt that Ethiopia would have that. After all, my experiences in America had taught me that Ethiopian Arabica roasts were medium-bodied, fruity, and exactly the thing to cure my coffee doldrums. As…… Continue reading Drinking Coffee with Tomoca, Addis Ababa’s Oldest Roasters

Adventure Travel · Africa · The Nomadic Life · Uganda

At The Source of the Blue Nile in Jinja, Uganda

I will forever remember Uganda as being a thousand shades of green. We arrived in Jinja, Uganda at the end of a long rainy season, and at the beginning of a tropical downpour, that had been making me nervous as I tried to balance myself and heavy backpack on the back of my motorcycle taxi…… Continue reading At The Source of the Blue Nile in Jinja, Uganda

Africa · Kenya · Travel · Uganda

How (Not) to Cross the Border Overland from Kenya to Uganda

When we hopped off the bus in Malaba, the bustling, ramshackle border town between Kenya and Uganda, we were immediately bombarded by motorcycle taxis trying to ferry us across the border. “No, we’ll walk,” we said, finding it ridiculous to pay someone to drive us a distance we could cover in less than ten minutes.…… Continue reading How (Not) to Cross the Border Overland from Kenya to Uganda