Africa: The Serengeti

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“There is a place on Earth where it is still the morning of life and the great herds still run free,” – Africa: The Serengeti.

I think this documentary is the type you should be watching on a big screen to truly appreciate the majestic beauty it portrays. The computer screen doesn’t do it justice, and probably neither would the TV. If wildlife amazes you, you’ll be glued to whichever screen it is, though. The dramatic narration by James Earl Jones (yep, the Darth Vader guy), Read the rest of this entry »

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AND the Bad

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“It’s takin’ whatever comes your way, the good AND the bad, that give life flavor. It’s all the stuff rolled together that makes life worth livin’.” – Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata, Animal Crossing: Wild World, 2005.

When chocolate fails, I turn to writing for comfort. I was supposed to be in Kenya today. I missed my flight. So many things related to this trip have gone wrong, before I even took off. I can’t give up though; all I can do is try to get a better grip of my destiny. I’ll be in Kenya on Friday.

It’s Not You, Europe; It’s Me…

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Student protest in Rome
Student protest in Rome

Rome was grey and rainy this morning, and I figured I’d stay in and do some reading, a certain mental preparation for tomorrow’s trip. I feel as if my brain has been detached from my body lately. My legs wonder among the ruins of this ancient civilization, but my mind is deeply rooted in the present. Read the rest of this entry »

Mosquito Nets

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“If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito” ~Betty Reese

My mosquito net arrived in the mail today. Yay! Doesn’t take much to get this one excited. It’s navy green (I bought it from Army Surplus World, which was a great deal by the way… if you ever need a mosquito net?), and super lightweight. Read the rest of this entry »

Where Do I Start?

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Welcome to my blog on Africa. It’s the way for me to share what I’m doing and why I’m doing it, the way to hopefully organize these piles of napkins with writing all over them, the countless files on my desktop and the restless thoughts in my head. 

I’m flying to Nairobi October 29 for a short orientation (I think) and then heading to Kimuka, a Maasai village not far from Ngong. Read the rest of this entry »

Africa

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Thus she had lain
sugercane sweet
deserts her hair
golden her feet
mountains her breasts
two Niles her tears.
Thus she has lain
Black through the years.

Over the white seas
rime white and cold
brigands ungentled
icicle bold
took her young daughters
sold her strong sons
churched her with Jesus
bled her with guns.
Thus she has lain.

Now she is rising
remember her pain
remember the losses
her screams loud and vain
remember her riches
her history slain
now she is striding
although she has lain.

– Maya Angelou