On Nelson Mandela’s Passing

My first thought: I woke up yesterday morning in Muizenberg, just south of Cape Town, to the news delivered by Nathan that Nelson Mandela had died the previous night Cape Town time. Not surprisingly, my immediate reaction was one of deep sadness. I do not surmise that Madiba was a perfect man. I have not steeped myself in his personal or political history, yet I know that he had some Malcolm X in him, and that he said things I find inaccurate or just plain disagree with. But I know with conviction that Nelson Mandela’s moral leadership, political aptitude, and sheer force of character led South Africa from the depths of an apartheid that left the majority of his countrymen without dignity to a position of regional, and indeed global, leadership in the universal struggle to create a free and just society. That a world is weeping when he has finally gone to that long sleep testifies to the impact he has had. If in my lifetime I can live with a fraction of the courage or impact a fraction of a percentage of the lives that he did, I will consider my life well-lived. It is with these acknowledgements that I say that Nelson Mandela will be sorely missed. Continue reading

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Defying Death in Zambia: Bungee and Devil’s Pool @ Vic Falls! (Photos!)

We weren’t in Zambia long, but we were there long enough for me to:

  • Get a haircut
  • Jump 350′ off the Victoria Falls Bridge
  • Bleed everywhere after cracking my head open climbing from underneath bridge AFTER actually jumping off the bridge. What a stupid way to get injured bungee-jumping!
  • Behold the massive, majestic, monstrous Boiling Pot
  • Lay at the edge of Devil’s Pool to take in the 2,900′ drop to the bottom of Victoria Falls.

I’d say 5 days well-spent! Below is the gallery with the best photos from these adventures. Definitely pay attention to the captions to follow along 🙂 Enjoy! Continue reading

Month 3: Highlights and an Announcement! (This time it’s not the Congo, I promise!)

It’s been awhile since I updated the blog, and I’m sorry for that! I haven’t written much this past month for a variety of reasons.

The first and foremost is that during our 3 weeks in Moshi, Tanzania, Nathan and I were so busy waking up at 10:00 and passing time with our new friends, Anja and Laura, that it was tough (if I can use that word) to find time to slog to the internet café.

Since Moshi, time has been flying. We were in Zanzibar, the world famous tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean off the Tanzanian coast, for several days last week. I have never seen such beautiful beaches, and my first Full Moon Party was an absolute blast!

Nathan and I finished off our third month on the road, well, on the road. From Zanzibar we made for Lusaka, Zambia, via Dar es Salaam. The trip itself turned out to be so horrific that I actually find it funny at this point (though Nathan would disagree). More on that later! Continue reading

The Roof of Africa (Photos!): The Kilimanjaro Trek

This climb was an experience like no other. I have my sights set on Denali, North America’s highest peak (even higher than Kili!), but before then, I know it will be a long time before I walk above the clouds again.

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We Climbed Mount Kilimanjaro!

Nathan and I summited Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa and the world’s highest free-standing mountain (not part of a mountain range) on 22 October. That day was the exact midpoint of my trip. In my mind, there is no more satisfying or profound point to start the last downward stretch of this amazing journey than at the Roof of Africa. Continue reading

Wedding Time in Rwanda! (Photos!)

Many of my absolute favorite points of this trip were in Rwanda, despite my only being there for four days. That’s thanks to all the amazing people I found there 😀

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Uganda (Photos!): Kampala, Entebbe, and the Countryside

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Finally – there are no photos from Jinja (Nile River rafting) here, of yet. They will go up as soon as I get them from a Canadian friend!

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