From August to December, we traveled (mostly) overland from Egypt to South Africa. That's the entire length of Africa. We visited 11 countries, saw all the animals, and brought home about a pound of desert sand in our bags and shoes that we'll probably never be able to get 100% rid of. It was by … Continue reading To the End of Africa – Orange River to Cape Town
The black rhino lapping at the damp ground in front of us seemed unperturbed by the unmistakable low growl of a lion behind us. Cue the wow moment. It's an exciting event to see a rhino or a lion on their own, but here they were, together, at a waterhole. And this was just on … Continue reading Wild Namibia Road Trip
Botswana can be unforgiving. The heat weighs on you midday like a thick blanket you can't crawl out of. Your skin becomes dry and scaly with faint lines mimicking the veins of the Okavango Delta, with its sprawling channels evaporating into the Kalahari Desert. Grocery stores run out of water, which you feel you can … Continue reading Beautiful Botswana
Inching trepidatiously towards the edge of the world's largest waterfall, I wondered how I got here. Swimming in the so-called Devil's Pool at the top of Victoria Falls in Zambia was the one activity Tim and I agreed we were not going to do. But there we were. Tim was loving it. And I… had … Continue reading Zambia – In Which We Did Something We Swore We Wouldn’t
If you have ever heard anything about Tanzania or even Africa in general, you've probably heard about the iconic Serengeti in Tanzania. The venue of countless nature documentaries and the subject of a very famous song about rain in Africa, the Serengeti is synonymous with African safari. By contrast, you've probably heard relatively little about … Continue reading Tanzania & Malawi – From the Serengeti to Lake Malawi
No amount of nature documentaries can quite prepare you for the awe you feel when you see an African animal in the wild for the first time. Whether it's as mundane as a giraffe or a zebra, or as rare as a rhino or a leopard, nothing else drives home that “oh my gosh, I'm … Continue reading Kenya and Uganda – This is Africa
Inspired by nature and wildlife documentaries (ok and maybe an animated feature film), we knew we wanted to visit Madagascar on our round-the-world honeymoon trip. What the documentaries don't show you is how hard it is to get anywhere. Our travels in Madagascar were a literal road trip in the truest sense of the word. … Continue reading Madagascar – Wildlife and a Wild Ride
I'll never forget the first time I saw a pyramid in Egypt. About an hour into our drive from the airport to our hotel, I saw the unmistakable peak of a pyramid poking above the modern city skyline. Immediately, I teared up, realizing what I was seeing for the very first time. Ancient Egypt was … Continue reading Ancient Egypt Adventure
Irreverent and lacking cultural sensitivity, Chelsea Handler does not disappoint in her take on a travelogue, documenting her ridiculous stories from various global travels. She is hilarious and inappropriate and not for the uptight. I love her and would recommend any of her books to nearly anyone!
Paul Bowles is generally a recommended author for those traveling to Morocco. “The Spider’s House,” however, was painfully dry for me. Originally written in French, the translation in this particular edition was difficult to follow and the story itself not very gripping. I never finished this book and wouldn’t recommend it.