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I Don’t Dream of Africa

“I can still smell Africa,” my father said one day, and that led me to consider which memory I have that stands out in the everyday. I asked myself and my parents that exact question. My mother is a very kind and empathetic person, always worried about the plight of others.  I wasn’t surprised by her […]

Get Your Fix: Connecting with Your Caffeine

Get Your Fix: Connecting with Your Caffeine

We may have mentioned it before, but Amanda and I do love our coffee — and not just any murky cup. We prefer a quality brew, some might even go so far as to call us coffee snobs.  So, as snobs we know that a good cup comes from a good bean from a great estate, selected and roasted with […]

Memories of Africa, A Year Later

A year ago we went on the adventure of a lifetime.  I know that for a couple whose goal in life is to travel the world, the adventure of a lifetime, title is a little much.  But this time last year we journeyed to Tanzania for our photo safari and are still amazed when we […]

Tented Truth

When you go on safari the second question people ask (after “what animals did you see?”) is “where did you stay?” When you reply that your trip was a tented safari you watch their eyes get wide and prepare for the third question, “like, on the ground?” I have to say it’s at this point […]

Accurate Africa, from Disney’s The Lion King

I can’t honestly say “everything I learned about Africa I learned from Disney’s The Lion King“, but our trip to Tanzania last month revealed at least four key things the movie taught me about the area and its people. I had no idea any of these points were based in fact, but in retrospect I’m […]

Seeing Africa’s Big Five

Africa’s big five include elephant, rhinoceros, lion, leopard and buffalo. We were fortunate enough to see all of them (and many of them more than once) during our safari in Tanzania last month. The first big five animal to be checked off our “must-see” list was the elephant. The elephants in Tarangire National Park kept […]

Africa: Through a Borrowed Lens

I am a photographer, and as a photographer I like cameras. I have a collection of more than 20 antique ones and love adding to my toys. When we decided to go to Tanzania on Safari I thought “giddy up! I can justify getting that new lens I want!”  Well, as much as I wanted […]

Africa Update

I know it’s been a while since the last post about the planning for our upcoming Africa trip so here it goes. . . We were torn between two companies, Intrepid Travel (which we’ve mentioned before) and the Africa Adventure Company.   I will admit we love the off-the-beaten-path and budget-friendly travel of Intrepid.  The idea […]