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A Maasai Circumcision After-Party [VIDEO]

Maasai warriors

“There’s a circumcision party in a nearby Maasai village. Mela is inviting us to join her. Do you want to go?” Kisioki asked in the sort of unassuming manner one might use to ask a friend to a new restaurant around the corner for lunch.Circumcision party?After repeating the phrase and looking at my shoes, I ruminated on this concept, turning my knees inward … [Read more...]

The World Doesn’t End With The Blue Sky

maasai woman

“You can call me Airport,” Esupat said, laughing.She sat atop a Maasai hut with her legs crossed, straddling a half-built chimney. Small piles of bricks surrounded her; wet cement fell from her hands.She was dressed colorfully, ornamentally. But this is how she goes to work. When she smiles, it is wide. Wide from unforced practice. Wide with pride, wide with … [Read more...]

Up Next: A Journey to East Africa

Simien mountains

Our journey to East Africa, just about underway. What follows includes not only our itinerary and a call for your recommendations, but a personal note and a couple of back-stories including $100 given to us with a purpose on a ship in Antarctica.As you read this, we're on our way to Ethiopia to begin a six week journey through Eastern Africa. We expect the … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro: Day by Day

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Poa kichizi kama ndizi. -- Swahili for “Crazy cool like a banana,” the most appropriate response to “How are you?” while climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.So we climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and shared some of the life lessons we learned along the way. But what did the climb look like? How did it feel? … [Read more...]