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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 just slightly, clenching muscles in my pelvic region I never knew I had.

“Sure.” I mean who in their right mind says ‘No’ to a Maasai circumcision party?

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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 journey to take us from Ethiopia to Uganda, Rwanda and finally Tanzania.

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Tanzania Highlights: A Slideshow

Tanzania sunset

Banana beer and biryani. Night markets and nutmeg. Kilimanjaro and Kendwa beach. Safaris and Stone Town. Zanzibar and zebras. Maasai and Manyara.

This is Tanzania in three weeks. See it all in the slideshow below.

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Climbing Kilimanjaro: How to Prepare, Plan and Pack

How do I prepare for climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro? Which Kilimanjaro route should I choose? What gear and equipment will I need? How much does it cost? What do I need to do to train or prepare for the trek? How to best avoid (or manage) altitude sickness? Read on for answers to all this, and much more, to help you successfully summit Mt. Kilimanjaro.

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