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My 7 Super Shots

My thanks to Cathy at catbirdinoman who nominated me to participate in HostelBookers 7 Super Shots. The challenge is to choose 7 of your own photos, one for each of the following categories: A photo that…takes my breath away A … Continue reading

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Sambusi’s Two Tables ~ Zanzibar ~ A Cultural & Culinary Experience

Zanzibar is an island recognized for growing and exporting African spices. With its mysterious alley ways, known for their ornately carved doors, Birka-clad women move silently through the streets while loud speakers call faithful Muslims to prayer. An array of … Continue reading


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Tanzanian Bucket List: Tent Camping in the Serengeti

Having an opportunity to work for two weeks in an orphanage in Ilula, Tanzania, was exciting and rewarding enough; however, it became clear that we needed to arrange an extended tour of that magnificent country. This meant creating our Tanzanian … Continue reading

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Magic Carpet Ride ~ Part II: Hot Air Ballooning over the Serengeti

I feel safe. I feel secure. I feel warm. A blast from the whisper burners emits enough heat to take off the morning’s chill. We are told that cool mornings create calm winds, ideal for ballooning. The twin balloons in … Continue reading

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Magic Carpet Ride ~ Part I: Hot Air Ballooning over the Serengeti

I hear the fist pounding on the door, a pause, and then a gentler knock. Rolling over I look at the clock. 4:00 AM. Wake up call!  African style. I have waited 20 years for this moment: A hot air … Continue reading

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Party Crashing ~ Laotian Style

While staying in Luang Prabang, Laos, we hired a river guide to take us up the Mekong in his long boat to visit a small Buddhist monastery. Our arrangement was for him to pick us up in an hour at … Continue reading

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A Room with a View ~ Sawah Sunrise in Bali

Sawah Sunrise is a four room Bed & Breakfast in Ubud, Bali, set among rice fields, accessible only by footpath. Perfect name. Sawah is an Indonesian word that means “individual rice field” and also refers to the wet-rice method of … Continue reading

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Hello World!

As a child, I first discovered you through writing book reports and looking at the pictures in my dad’s National Geographic Magazine. I discovered you through teaching World Literature to high school sophomores who weren’t ready to see the world. … Continue reading

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