On Safari: If Africa’s Animals Were Motivational Speakers

On Safari in Ngorongoro Crater - Tanzania

A few life lessons we picked up from the animals of Tanzania’s big safari parks: Serengeti, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. Includes a slideshow of our favorite Tanzania safari photos.When we humans observe animals and their behavior, we’re often tempted to anthropomorphize them, ascribing to them our human qualities. The zebra “wears” stripes, the cheetah … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Guizhou, China — Weekly Indigenous Market

guizhou market

While Guizhou Province may not feature the same dramatic bits of nature you'd find in Yunnan or Sichuan Provinces, it does have its share of indigenous markets. And that's why, when we visited China, we based ourselves in the the provincial capital of Kaili for a week.In the weekly market in Chong'an, an area inhabited by ethnic Miao and Gejia, a high school girl … [Read more...]

Climb Kilimanjaro: Equipment and Preparation

At Uhuru Peak at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

How do I prepare for climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro? What equipment will I need?No shortage of digital ink has been spilled on this topic. Even so, every article we’ve read seemed to be missing a little something.Based on our Kilimanjaro climb experience, here are the nuts and bolts of what an average, ordinary hiker will need for a Kilimanjaro climb. We'll … [Read more...]