Kenya · Travel

Apparently, Hell Has Zebras: A Visit to Hell’s Gate National Park

“Welcome to hell!” a Kenyan man standing by a row of rental bikes shouted, obviously amused at his joke. “Would you like to buy a map?” Liz and I had just turned off the main road from our camp ground by Lake Naivasha, headed to the Elsa entrance of Hell’s Gate National Park on rickety…… Continue reading Apparently, Hell Has Zebras: A Visit to Hell’s Gate National Park

Africa · Kenya · The Nomadic Life · Travel

Landing Without A Plan in Kenya

Stepping off the airplane into Nairobi’s international airport felt surreal. Normally, I think of airports as these familiar, unchanging structures — which is ironic since they are buildings built for the purpose of transience and travel — that I can confidently navigate worldwide, no matter if I’ve never been there before or I have been…… Continue reading Landing Without A Plan in Kenya

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 the 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 · Madagascar · Peace Corps · The Nomadic Life

Veloma Madagascar — I’m an RPCV Now!

Yesterday was my first full day as an RPCV (Returned Peace Corps Volunteer). Except, I’m not returned. My friend Liz, who I’ll be travelling with for the next few months, joked that it meant “Recovering Peace Corps Volunteer”. That seems more suiting, since neither of us will return until Christmas. But whatever it means, it’s a pretty…… Continue reading Veloma Madagascar — I’m an RPCV Now!

Africa · Madagascar · Peace Corps · The Nomadic Life

Success! 22,000 Books Finally Arrive in Madagascar

After months of frantically e-mailing, running around Tana, and bugging the group of Peace Corps volunteers involved in the Books for Africa project (which I’m sure people are sick and tired of hearing me talk about) I finally found myself standing in a Tana school yard, with the tangible result of all of our efforts…… Continue reading Success! 22,000 Books Finally Arrive in Madagascar

Africa · Madagascar · Peace Corps · The Nomadic Life

Breaking Up with Madagascar

I need to get out of Madagascar. And I will leave, to East Africa, in 40-some days. Don’t take this to mean I dislike Madagascar — I’m lucky to have been placed here for my service in Peace Corps and there some truly wonderful things about the island, but two years is enough. I like to use the analogy of…… Continue reading Breaking Up with Madagascar

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