Posts Tagged ‘Africa’ (27)

Namibia’s Herero Women

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Today there are about 100,000-240,000 Herero people living in Namibia, mostly in the central and eastern parts of the country. In fact, the present-day town of Gobabis, was formerly known as Hereroland. And the Herero language is still taught in …

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MESSAGE KwaZulu-Natal *Video*

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

wire basket

Zulu is the most widely spoken language in South Africa, so I thought I’d pass along a few useful phrases:

  • Hello – Sawubonahle
  • Goodbye – Sala kahle
  • The sun is hot – llanga liyashisa
  • Thank you – Ngiyabonga / Siyabonga

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House-Proud Poverty – LivingMini®

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Shoeless in ET

It is estimated that 318 million people live in extreme poverty, defined as living on less than $1.25 a day. In 1998, the World Bank classified 61 countries as low–income (poor).

But by 2001, the number of “extremely poor” nations …

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Recommended Travel Reads

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Tropic of Capricorn Sign

Not only do I love to travel, I love to read about travel. Good travel writing is escapism at its finest – whether at home or on the road. I especially like to read about a place while I’m in …

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MESSAGE Kingdom of Lesotho *Video*

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Erin Waving at Peak

Known as the “Kingdom in the Sky,” Lesotho became a country in the early 19th century. Completely surrounded by South Africa, Lesotho was formed when its legendary King, Moshoeshoe the Great, skillfully played invading forces – Dutch, British and Zulu …

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African Buses: Bail Outs, Bribes & Break Downs

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Rural bus station, Zambia
Rural bus station, Zambia

On my last trip to Africa five years ago, I solo-ed it across the Kenya–Uganda border in one of the zanier journeys in my life. (Read the 3-part article called: How I met my African Mother, the Smuggler).

You’d …

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My African Abodes *Video*

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Small Kalahari Hut

I’ve been in Africa for nearly 3 months now and am having quite the adventure! Even settling in for the night is a unique experience. Here’re 3 distinctly African abodes:

African Bush Tent

I was living in a tent for …

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MESSAGE Botswana *Videos*

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Erin and Hippo, Ch D

While camping out in the Okavango Delta, we were serenaded by our polers: the locals who propelled us through the waterways in traditional mokoro canoes.

After dinner, this small group of about 15 performed some traditional songs for us. One …

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How to Cope with Political Instability

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Zambia, Sept. 2011 - Globe & Mail photo
Zambia, Sept. 2011 - Globe & Mail photo

During the last 2 months, I’ve left 3 countries because of fears of political violence: Egypt, Zambia & Malawi.

Fortunately (or unfortunately), I’m fine-tuning my radar to detect sticky political situations – those incidents that have the capacity to spiral …

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Save an African Animal! – Giving U™

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Front Page Elephants

Congratulations to all lion lovers!

You Adventure Philanthropists voted to help save African wildlife, specifically the re-introduction of lions to their native habitats.

Nearly 200 of you participated with a full 80% voting to give the Zambian nonprofit organization ALERT

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