Getting Fat in Africa

We left India almost six weeks ago and I still haven’t written my food post for the country. I’m having a hard time because Indian is my favorite cuisine in the world, but unlike all the other countries we’ve visited, I didn’t get fat in India. I actually got skinny. For those who might be…

The Land of Superlatives and Brangelina’s Firstborn

Namibia is an intriguing country, a land of deserts, diamonds, and dinosaur tracks, strikingly reminiscent of the American Southwest. We spent 11 days in the country (almost four longer than we had planned due to the car trouble saga) and in that short time experienced only a handful of the nation’s natural attractions. Above all,…

Uncle Vito Ate a Burrito…and a Few Birds

Finding a long term rental car is a challenge. Anne started working on a rental car for Southern Africa weeks before we arrived. When we had internet, she would check prices at all the big shops and search for a smaller shop that might give us a deal. All were very expensive and it started…

Day on the Dunes

There were two options, lie down boarding, which resembled what we had done a couple months back in Vietnam but much faster and crazier, and stand up boarding, basically snowboarding on sand…. Everyone made sure the equipment fit and then we were separated into three groups: lie down boarders, experienced stand up boarders, and novice stand up boarders.After being separated we started off up the dune…. While I was climbing back up the dune for my next run I had a nice talk with the German tourist, when we reached the summit I found that the next run down I would be trying my hand at lie down boarding…. Once again I was strapped up for another run, but one of the instructors wanted me to do a tandem lie down board with my mom.

What You Can’t Find, You Can Buy

Namibia was a big surprise for me. I’ve always loved collecting rocks (along with coins) and I didn’t know before we came here that Namibia has more different rocks and minerals than almost any other country in the world. We spent a day rockhounding around the Spitzkoppe mountain and visited the Kristall Galery in Swakopmund, a museum and store dedicated to rocks and gems. My dad told me that when he was little, he and his grandpa liked to collect rocks in the mountains of Utah and then take them home and tumble and polish them.

The Great White Place of Dry Water

After our intimate encounter with wildlife on the Caprivi Strip, we weren’t sure how we felt about camping our way through the rest of Namibia. Cautiously optimistic, we exited Angola and made the one-day drive to the jewel of the country’s animal venues–Etosha National Park–where we planned on a two-night tented stay. We had heard…