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“You are Welcome” and Machine Boys

Smiles flashed and hands waved as the local Hausa and Fulani people greeted us in their sonorous voices, “You are Welcome.” Back in Abuja, my first response to this was confusion as the cadence of the phrase flowed each word … 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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Today I learned Bonobos are Teases…

Being woken up by a thunderstorm around midnight is usually one of my favorite feelings: the wind blowing, the flashing of lights, rain falling on the rooftops and knowing I have several hours left of sleep. But on this particular … Continue reading

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Are you achin’ for some bacon?

“Madame, look me,” whispered my Congolese guide for the morning, Gideon. This translated into “Wait here, don’t move.” Left on a steep hill hidden among the duff and tucked beneath a decaying tree trunk, I felt embarrassingly like a newborn … Continue reading

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Bees and Bonobos

Less then half a day after hiking into Iyema with barely any sleep, I found myself up at 320AM and speed walking in the dark after the Congolese pisteurs and The PhD to arrive at the bonobo nest sites before … Continue reading

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Journey Into the Middle of Nowhere…

Cruising down the Lulonga River in a long wooden pirogue powered by a motor, we began our 200km+ journey to Ndele from Basankusu after dawn. Children ran to the river bank waving and shouting at us in Lingala, giving off … Continue reading

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Rule #1: Never sit below a monkey

Something dribbling from above as I hastily duck away with the realization that it’s probably coming from that little Samango fellow scratching his leg innocently—already breaking Rule Number 1 when following monkeys. Back at Lajuma for about two weeks now … Continue reading

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