Bribery in Mozambique

It was my lucky day when I saw I was the only person in line at the visa application counter at the Mozambican border crossing. Other border crossings and immigration procedures that I’ve endured have lasted up to four hours, but this one looked easy. I smiled, said “bom dia” (good morning), and handed my […]

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Fifty Shades of Green

Fifty shades of green. Go ahead, wrap your head around that and you’ll be surprised how many shades you will recognize. Kelly green, spinach green, hospital green, milky green, pistachio green and fern green, for example. They say the human eye can see 10 million colors, and while fifty shades don’t seem to make a […]

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Best of Africa Photographs

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An American Safari

During a recent Saturday morning bike ride, just out of the corner of my eye, I glimpsed a herd of llamas grazing. Other than their jaws chomping away on the dewy grass, the llamas hardly moved and I could have easily missed seeing them.   I looked back to see if my eyes had played a […]

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Road Trip – Alabama to Swaziland

From a highway’s black ice in Alabama to gravel mountainous roads in the Kingdom of Swaziland, my fun Chevy Spark rental cars provided a great backdrop to some of my American and African adventures. It all started with a severe winter ice storm moving across the southeastern United States and airlines canceling thousands of flights, including my next […]

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Watch Your Six

My first title of “Safety & Security” did not sound very fun or interesting; after all, that would certainly not be the typical travel tale one writes home about.  However, “Watch Your Six” has a bit of intrigue, does it not?   Watch Your Six is a term I recently learned, and learned well. Working my […]

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Lemon Meringue Sunrise

Lemon Meringue.   There are not two better words in the English language to describe a recent sunrise over the Indian Ocean, a real lemon meringue sunrise. Ignoring the fact that I was visiting the quaint little coastal town of St. Lucia in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa, and ignoring the fact that I had […]

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Internet – A Need or a Want?

While recently trying to plan a 10-day excursion into neighboring Mozambique, I was starkly reminded of how much we depend on internet access. The excerpt below – from a conversation between myself and a local South African, Andre –   gave me pause to wonder if my dependence was a need or a want… Me: […]

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All the King’s Men

Looking in to the eyes of a foreign person wearing his military camouflage is intimidating, no matter what you are doing or where you are.  In our case, we were simply driving across an isolated mountainous area and not 100 yards into our cross-mountain road, I made eye contact with the first pair of eyes […]

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The World’s Largest Pothole

It was not to be an average Sunday afternoon drive.  Forget that it was actually a Monday, but when there aren’t any available seats on a small bush plane for days, and a pair of safari lodge managers needs to get back to work, we launched an arduous transportation effort to return them to their […]

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I Ate Warthog

Wandering through the small town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is an apt way to acclimatize to “city living” after spending ten adventure packed days on game drives.   Granted, Victoria Falls only has a population of about 8,000, but with paved roads and concrete sidewalks under my feet, it felt like real city living.  Small […]

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At Ease on the Zambezi

Last night I fell asleep with about 70 impalas standing at attention just outside the door of my bungalow.  These short-haired graceful animals had roamed into our riverside camp in the late afternoon and remained standing, with heads held high and noses pointed north, until almost dawn today.   I am in Zimbabwe. We fill our days […]

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