Tag Archives: Africa

Back to Africa–Nigeria! How I hate goodbyes…

“I don’t know where my passport is!” Frantically panicking, one hour until my flight, I’ve misplaced my passport. Two of my friends are trying to calm me down. “You didn’t leave it at the lab. Just think for a sec.” … Continue reading

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Busy as a bee…

One year ago, I was enjoying my last month at Lajuma before going to the Democratic Republic of Congo. This year, I’m also preparing for a new journey. In a month, I’ll begin collecting data for my dissertation. Location? Gashaka-Gumti National Park … Continue reading

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Let’s get a move on shall we?

That feeling where you can’t sit still, your insides are vibrating and you don’t know whether to run or take a shot of whisky to calm yourself down? Zugunruhe. My first encounter with this word was while watching Heroes and … Continue reading

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Home, Sweet Home

A little over two months and 20 lbs later (yes, out of Africa with too much food and alcohol around…I’ve started rock climbing and doing hot yoga to ahem, slim down), I’m preparing to move to London for a Master’s … Continue reading

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Sleeping In Stairwells, Couchsurfing and Lajumies Out of Africa

Early morning sun, birds chirping and that beginning of summer chill–would have been another lovely start to the day if I hadn’t spent the whole night out for the umpteenth day in a row. Realizing I had left my keys … Continue reading

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Swaziland: The Final Journey, Peace Corps Party People and the Kindness of Strangers

After spending ages bundled in my room, sweating, feverish and with a general feeling of malaise, I managed to drag my sorry butt up at 3AM to catch a chapas from Inhambane to Maputo a day later than planned. That’s … Continue reading

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Moz Part III: Making friends and amusing locals, swimming with the sharks and a Full Moon Party

Tofo Beach. My last night before heading off and I’ve got a feeling of Déjà vu: 3:30 AM with Robbie “The Shirtless Dubliner”, crashing waves and a terrible, terrible squall hiding such a brilliant full moon. “I can’t miss my … Continue reading

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Mozambique Part II: Hey Baby…

“Hey baby, where you from? I take you to Johannesburg…make you happy…you know, girl like you…put money into you’re account every friday…just give me account and I help you baby…take care of you, you know what I mean baby? Come … Continue reading

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Parents come to visit: Moholoholo, Kruger and Lajuma

New Years Eve, just saw some hippos, zebras and giraffes during a night drive at Moholoholo and everyone has gone to bed! It’s only 1030 PM and I’m not sure what to do with myself. Luckily some of the rangers … Continue reading

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Waterval Boven, Goodbyes, Christmas! And “Oh…you want an abortion?”

Finally a climbing trip put together with Anja, Demis and John! Cramped inside a small car, off we go down the mountain to Waterval Boven. Passing through the northern Drakensberg was breathtaking with slanting cliffs of red and green with … Continue reading

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