I’m Frustrated with Travel Blogging

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Frustration Week:I’ve been a “travel blogger” for many years (my first was my Peace Corps’ blog, back in 2006) and have always found it cathartic. I love sharing our adventures …

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Frustration Week and a Travel Update

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This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Frustration Week:We just returned from a great four day adventure chimp trekking in Gombe National Park (which will get it’s own dedicated blog post, I promise). We were joined by …

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An Adventure in Buying Airline Tickets

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I had an interesting adventure today for what would typically be a very straightforward, mundane experience: buying plane tickets. We’ve done quite a bit of flying this past year – 49 legs, to be exact – and every time purchasing the …

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Mafia Island

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This weekend we took our first proper vacation from Dar and went to Mafia Island. Normally I try not to focus on how we got somewhere, but I think it’s important in this case. There is a ferry that you can …

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Life at the Convent

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For the last 5 weeks, we have been living in a convent. Not metaphorically, an actual convent. With nuns and all. This has been quite a departure for us, as we’ve lived almost exclusively at hostels, guesthouses, and hotels for over a …

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Stay-cations in Dar

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We’ve now been in Dar for almost 4 weeks, which is hard to believe. Our days have actually gone by reasonably fast, as me and Sara are both working full-time during the day. Life at the convent is pretty comfortable, …

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Adventures Along The Garden Route

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This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series South Africa:After a great day kayaking and hiking around Plettenberg Bay, we drove towards our stop for the night, Mossel Bay. Along the way, we drove over some beautiful mountains …

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First Impressions of Dar Es Salaam

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Dar Es Salaam, the biggest city in Tanzania, is our home until Christmas time. We’ve been here two weeks now, and I wanted to share some our first impressions about the city. As a disclaimer, a lot of these will …

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