Archive for October, 2011

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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Our Book Party in Laos – Giving U™

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Book Party 3

Last May the GoErinGo! Fund made a $350 donation to the Laos Literacy Project on behalf of Big Brother Mouse, a local Lao organization that provides books to children.

Even more importantly, over 150 Adventure Philanthropists – you readers of …

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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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Road Kill *Video*

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Bus Snapshot

It’s dangerous to travel the roads around Africa – and don’t I know it!

It’s not unusual to see car and bus crashes all along the highway due to a deadly combination of overcrowding, speeding, bad roads, and bad driving.…

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SlutWalking in South Africa

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

slutwalk cape town 1

South African is a crime-ridden society. The murder rate in the country is 52 per 100,000 – that’s 8 times higher than in the United States. And the country leads the world in rape against women.

  • 1,300 women are raped

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MESSAGE Zambia*Video*

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Vic Falls Beautiful Image

Speaking to Sam last night, she said she received my postcard from Zambia. On it I wrote: “This is my favorite place! It’s fabulous! You would love it too!”

Apparently, I write the same exact thing on every postcard I …

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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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