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TANZANIA | Wednesday, 13 Jan 2010 | Views [1212]

This will likely be the last entry of my trip, since I fly out to London tomorrow, and onward to New York on Friday.   Don’t be too sad, readers!   I’m already plotting my next big adventure and believe me: it is going to be spectacular.   ... Read more >

Tags: game drives, hbs, ngorogoro, serengeti, tanzania

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro!

TANZANIA | Sunday, 10 Jan 2010 | Views [1351]

Dear readers, I am pleased to announce that I have returned from the Kili climb completely intact.   Furthermore, I would like to share the fabulous news with you that I MADE IT TO THE TOP!!!    Seven days of grueling hiking, six nights of soggy ... Read more >

Tags: camping, hbs, hiking, kilimanjaro, stinky, tanzania

From here on out

UGANDA | Saturday, 2 Jan 2010 | Views [502]

Hello, dear readers.  I just wanted to put up a note before leaving Kampala... I'm not sure what the internet situation will be over the rest of the trip.  Surely there is none on Kili but I'm not convinced there will be any at the lodge before and after ... Read more >

Tags: wifi

Kampala, Rafting, and an awesome start to 2010

UGANDA | Friday, 1 Jan 2010 | Views [814]

Hey peeps.  Sorry I've been offline for a few days, but boy do I have stories!  Last I wrote I was about to meet up with Paul to explore Kampala.  Explore we did, taking matatus (minibuses packed to the brim) around town, hitting up a Hindu temple ... Read more >

Tags: jinja, kampala, new years eve, rafting, travel friends, uganda

Making friends while travelling

UGANDA | Wednesday, 30 Dec 2009 | Views [767]

I have had the wonderful fortune of meeting fabulous people on this trip through East Africa.  Some of them have been fellow travelers like Ian in Mombasa, Jess and Wen-Li in Zanzibar, and a Georgetown MBA grad working in SF named Christine on my flight ... Read more >

Tags: bus, hbs, hostels, rwanda, travel friends, uganda


RWANDA | Monday, 28 Dec 2009 | Views [460]

Picasa is acting up a bit and a lot of my captions aren't loading... so be patient if the new pictures from Rwanda don't make sense. I'll try to fix it when I get to Kampala tomorrow night.

Adventures in Rwanda!

RWANDA | Sunday, 27 Dec 2009 | Views [736]

Hello, dear readers!   I’m posting this on Monday though I wrote it Sunday night.   So bear with me on the time difference…   Last I wrote I had just arrived in Kigali after a harrying travel day last Friday.   So much has happened since! ... Read more >

Tags: hiking, kigali, mud, rwanda, travel friends, volcan national parc

Traveling in East Africa: a primer

RWANDA | Saturday, 26 Dec 2009 | Views [751]

When I starting thinking about taking this trip I wondered how much planning I should do ahead of time and how much I could just figure out as I went.   When I backpacked through Europe it was during the high season, and I had to make reservations ... Read more >

Tags: adventure, crazy airport stories, kigali, rwanda, tanzania, travel friends

Merry Christmas!

TANZANIA | Friday, 25 Dec 2009 | Views [657]

I’m writing this on Christmas morning from the KIA Lodge just outside Kilimanjaro airport (and Mt. Kilimanjaro herself).   This isn’t getting posted until later because, well, despite the exorbitant amount of money I’m paying for this hotel (it’s ... Read more >

Tags: adventure, christmas, crappy travel days, kigali, kilimanjaro

Swimming with dolphins

TANZANIA | Wednesday, 23 Dec 2009 | Views [876]

Today I went snorkeling off of the southwest coast of Zanzibar with a group of maybe 10 from various hotels nearby.   They drove us to the beach where we donned flippers and snorkeling masks and then hopped aboard a boat to head out into the water.... Read more >

Tags: awesomeness, dolphins, monkeys, snorkeling, tanzania, zanzibar

Spice tours and rainstorms

TANZANIA | Tuesday, 22 Dec 2009 | Views [615]

Today I woke up bright and early and went on a spice tour, a six hour adventure through the spice plantations further inland.   There were maybe ten of us, including two American girls who just graduated undergrad from Princeton and were both working ... Read more >

Tags: spice tour, stone town, tanzania, travel friends, zanzibar

The Best. Day. Ever. (For serious.)

TANZANIA | Monday, 21 Dec 2009 | Views [897]

I just had the best travel day of my backpacking career, and it was seriously amazing.   And thing is, it totally was supposed to be a crap day, slogging from one town to the next, dealing with overland border crossings, sweating my winter weight ... Read more >

Tags: bus, highlight, mombasa, pemba, planes, tanga, travel friends, zanzibar

Fort Jesus, the Old Town, and the sweltering heat

KENYA | Sunday, 20 Dec 2009 | Views [1817]

Let me tell you: a bed is a magnificent thing.  A bed with a fan after a long, luxurious shower? Even better.  Despite fears I might not fall asleep, I had no such problems last night.  I slept a solid 8 hours with no interruptions and awoke feeling ... Read more >

Tags: hot hot hot, kenya, mombasa, swahili, travel friends

The longest (and most awesome) way to get to Mombasa

KENYA | Saturday, 19 Dec 2009 | Views [949]

Hello, dear readers!  I am writing from my hotel room in Mombasa, a lovely, air-conditioned closet of a room with the most wonderful, fulfilling, amazing shower on the planet.  But I am getting ahead of myself. Last I wrote, I was schvitzing in a ... Read more >

Tags: indian food, mombasa, nairobi, stinky, trains, travel friends

Nairobi is hot (and other obvious comments)

KENYA | Friday, 18 Dec 2009 | Views [905]

Hello, dear friends!  I have made it to Nairobi and am simultaneously relieved (my bag made it too!) and on the brink of falling apart.  It turns out that two red-eye flights back-to-back is a terrible idea and I haven't really slept now in nearly three ... Read more >

Tags: kenya, planes, stinky, trains

Hello, London!

UNITED KINGDOM | Thursday, 17 Dec 2009 | Views [592]

Well, dear readers, I have arrived in sunny (yes, sunny!) London and am having a grand time.  My flight was a little delayed from Boston and I took my time getting through Heathrow and as such was rewarded with a discounted day ticket on the Tube since ... Read more >

Tags: food, london, so so so tired

Packing for "January Term"

USA | Monday, 14 Dec 2009 | Views [599] | Comments [1]

Here at Harvard we have this thing called "January term", which is basically an extended winter break (5.5 weeks or so) in which you are supposed to celebrate the holidays and then do something productive like a mini-course or internship.... Read more >

Tags: am i nuts?, hbs, preparations

A Change of Plans: Onward to Panama!

PANAMA | Thursday, 26 Jun 2008 | Views [612]

Hello dear readers! I write to you from the lovely island of Bocas del Toro just over the border in Panama. I wasn't planning on leaving Puerto Viejo quite so quickly, but a number of things combined to push me to leave this afternoon. First, there ... Read more >

Tags: being spontaneous, panama

Tortuguero, trail mix, and hammock hostels

COSTA RICA | Tuesday, 24 Jun 2008 | Views [715]

After a twelve hour bus ride from Leon to San Jose on Saturday (including the longest line I have ever seen to get through customs at the border) I slept, ate, showered, and left San Jose just ten hours later. I had heard amazing things about an island ... Read more >

Tags: costa rica, hostels, puerto viejo, tortuguero

Volcano Boarding, or: How to achieve full-body exfoliation

NICARAGUA | Friday, 20 Jun 2008 | Views [1559] | Comments [1]

Today I went volcano boarding down Cerro Negro, about 20 km outside of Leon, Nicaragua. This is sometimes referred to as "volcano surfing" but I think the more accurate term is "volcano sledding", since my entire group chose ... Read more >

Tags: adventure sports, leon, nicaragua, volcanoes

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