Madagascar Disaster

Madagascar Disaster

Posted by on Aug 30, 2011 in General Travel, Madagascar | 2 Comments

Fire: its scent is present in so much of the world, especially in developing countries, and Madagascar is no exception. But as we drove around (and we spent a lot of time in the back seat of a 4WD car, covering the entire middle section of the country), we found it more and more disturbing […]

Um, Where Are We Going?!?!

Um, Where Are We Going?!?!

Posted by on Aug 26, 2011 in General Travel, Madagascar | 3 Comments

On our way to Madagascar, we spotted this little blurb in the Nairobi paper: We decided to pack an extra roll of toilet paper…

Attack of the Giant Monkey

Attack of the Giant Monkey

Posted by on Aug 24, 2011 in General Travel, Rwanda | 6 Comments

Pierre: The day before we left Kigali for our gorilla trek, I joked around with Robin and asked her if I could write a blog post entitled “Giant Monkeys.” I thought it would be funny, since gorillas are obviously apes and not monkeys (for a post about Rwanda’s Golden Monkeys, click here). Now that we’ve […]

Rwanda’s [Peaceful] Golden Monkeys

Rwanda’s [Peaceful] Golden Monkeys

Posted by on Aug 23, 2011 in General Travel, Rwanda | 3 Comments

We booked our gorilla trek as part of a package deal, and reluctantly agreed to visit the Golden Monkeys the following day, otherwise known as the red-headed stepchild of Rwandan primates. We expected it to be pretty lame. It turns out that the monkey trek was quite a lot of fun, and the golden monkeys […]

Feels Like Déjà Vu, But Not Quite

Feels Like Déjà Vu, But Not Quite

Posted by on Aug 22, 2011 in General Travel, Rwanda | One Comment

When I found out that we’d be spending a bit of time in Tanzania, I called my old manager at SolidWorks Corporation and asked him if he wanted me to swing by Kigali. Quite a few years ago, the company had made a commitment to the government of Rwanda to help it build up its […]

A Week in the “Hotel Rwanda”

A Week in the “Hotel Rwanda”

Posted by on Aug 20, 2011 in General Travel, Rwanda | One Comment

Think of Rwanda and almost inevitably, the first word to come to mind is a horrific one: genocide. Just seventeen years ago, the country experienced the systematic and brutal slaughter of Tutsis and moderate Hutus over the course of approximately three months – while the rest of the world stood by and watched. In the […]

Chicken Coops and Elephant-Proof Doors

Chicken Coops and Elephant-Proof Doors

Posted by on Aug 19, 2011 in General Travel, Running, Tanzania, Zanzibar | No Comments

With the Serengeti and Mt. Kilimanjaro behind us, it was time to head to the tiny island of Zanzibar. While I kept working as the co-leader of an adventure philanthropy expedition, Robin was able to spend time swimming and running on the beach in Bwejuu, a sleepy little town on the eastern coast of the […]

Essential Kilimanjaro Gear List

Essential Kilimanjaro Gear List

I’ve seen a few lists of essential Kili gear on the web, but I thought I’d add a couple of things that I found to be exceptionally useful. If you’d like to read about the trip up the mountain, read Part I and Part II. Once you’re on the mountain, there’s a good chance you’ll […]

Kilimanjaro – Part II

Kilimanjaro – Part II

Posted by on Aug 7, 2011 in General Travel, Tanzania | 5 Comments

DAY 5: Arrow Glacier to Crater Camp (18,800 ft) (Continued from Kilimanjaro – Part I) The sun has been shining on us for about 45 minutes, but we’re just about 30 meters from the rim of the crater. We reach the top in time to avoid any rockslides caused by melting ice. I’ve been watching […]

Come On and Safari with Me

Come On and Safari with Me

Posted by on Aug 5, 2011 in General Travel, Tanzania | 2 Comments

Watching lions, whether they’re hunting or lounging in the shade of an acacia tree, doesn’t get old. Nor does observing wildebeest snort and snuffle their way past you, or elephants scratching themselves on trees, or warthogs darting through the grass, their tails sticking straight up like antennae. In short, I really think I could go […]