Chimp Trekking in Gombe NP

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Coming to east Africa, one of our must-do trips was doing gorilla trekking in Uganda. We started looking into it very early on, but were rather taken aback by how expensive it was. Trekking permits cost $600 per person per day, …

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Safari at Ruaha NP

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With about a month left in Tanzania, we came to the realization that our time was running out, and if we wanted to see more of the country, we had to act fast. Another volunteer had recommended last minute safaris …

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I’m Frustrated with Dar es Salaam

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This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Frustration Week:I actually wear my feelings about Dar on my sleeve: I really don’t like it here. As I am writing this, the power is out and only one of …

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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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Celebrate Good Times

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Today was the children’s last day of school before summer break. For the next month, the children and teachers will be off. The children who live at the school will wait for government money to arrive at the school, then …

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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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