Africa (37)

Mountain Gorilla Mania *Video*

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

There are only 790 mountain gorillas worldwide and they are only found in 2 places:

  1. Virunga Volcanic Mountains of Central Africa, straddling the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and the Congo.
  2. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in western Uganda.

I went to …

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MESSAGE Mozambique *Video*

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Wow – Mozambique is super fabulous – so much so that I wanted to return and continue hanging out for a few months! Alas – a return trip was not to be, but I still love this Caribbean-flavored African country!…

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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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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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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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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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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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MESSAGE Cape Town *Video*

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Mizoli's Mural

This is my second visit to Cape Town. It’s a physically beautiful place and a city rich in multitudes of cultures: from the current townships to the historic Cape Malay communities to the affluent sea-side residents. In short, there’s a …

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My Approach to Africa

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Smiling ET Girl

My first visit to Cape Town was as a graduate student, exactly 10 years ago. At the time, it struck me that not even a decade had passed since the country was under apartheid rule. It was amazing to me …

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