Tag Archive | Africa

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 […]

Venice: Leave Your Rolling Luggage at Home

Venice: Leave Your Rolling Luggage at Home

If you’re planning a visit to Venice, choose your luggage carefully. The city council is said to be considering a ban on rolling luggage, at least for tourists. While residents would still be allowed to use bags with wheels, tourists could be fined $620. The rationale? Rolling luggage is noisy on the city’s labyrinth of […]

Why We’re Not Worried About Ebola

Why We’re Not Worried About Ebola

We’ve all heard the anchors and reporters on the news saying “starting this weekend airports are clamping down on passengers from West Africa” or “major changes to air travel in the U.S. to combat Ebola.” Statements like these conjure images of draconian methods being employed to anyone traveling by air, causing chaos at every airport […]

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 […]

The Cost of Our African Safari

We knew our safari in Tanzania would be a trip of a lifetime, and it was. We also knew it would cost us a lot more than our typical getaway, and it did. Was it worth it? Hell yeah. Would we do it again? In a heartbeat. That said, we thought others who share our […]

Faces Worthy of More than a Mother’s Love

When we took off for our Tanzanian safari I was looking forward to seeing (and getting pictures of ) giraffes’ eyelashes and lions’ big, gold eyes. We got those shots (and many other amazing images): But there were other images (and experiences) we had no idea we’d encounter. For example, we had no idea how […]

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 […]