Author Archive

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Family Ties

Most of my family on my mother’s side lives in a tiny Minnesotan farming town called Cottonwood (pop. 1,146).  My great-grandmother settled near Cottonwood after she emigrated to the U.S. from the Netherlands in the early 1900s.  She came over on her own; her parents and almost all of her ten siblings stayed behind in the […]

Comments Off on Family Ties - Posted in Netherlands by

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

From Zanzibar, Ann Arbor to Zanzibar, Tanzania

When I was in college at the University of Michigan, my favorite Ann Arbor restaurant was a place called Zanzibar.  My favorite thing about Zanzibar was this dessert they served; a lime tart with slices of fresh mango on top, it was basically dessert utopia.  I hadn’t had that dessert since I graduated from college […]

2 Comments » - Posted in Tanzania by

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

The Greatest Cape

As we drove through South Africa, we met a lot of locals who were eager to hear which parts of their country we’d seen already and which ones we were planning to visit next. Upon hearing our schedule, a lot of them said something along the lines of, “Just wait until you get to Cape […]

2 Comments » - Posted in South Africa by

Friday, June 6th, 2008

Going Wild

Hard-working folks in South Africa’s big cities have plenty of options to turn to when they need a break.  Among the best are the Drakensberg Mountains (just a few hours from Durban) and the Wild Coast (an hour or so from East London).   Given that we’ve been on a break for, err, the last nine […]

1 Comment » - Posted in South Africa by

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

St Lucia: Crocs if by Land, Hippos if by Sea

I left India’s Andaman Islands last December convinced that I had just experienced the best scuba diving in the world.  At that point, I’d only been certified for a few months, but I’d been diving enough to recognize what was just ok and what was stunning.  Three dives in South Africa’s Sodwana Bay redefined for […]

1 Comment » - Posted in South Africa by

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Wild Thing

Officially opened to the public in 1927, South Africa’s Kruger National Park is the oldest and largest game reserve in the world.  Its 6.2 million acres play home to more than 500 species of birds and 147 kinds of mammals, among them 31,000 wildebeests, 23,000 zebras and 7,000 giraffes.  The park also has large numbers […]

1 Comment » - Posted in South Africa by

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

Get Out the Map

Few things say “adventure” like the idea of a road trip.  Grabbing a map and favorite travel companion, hopping into the car and setting off into the Great Unknown for a few days–there’s nothing better.  Except for road tripping not for just a few days, but instead for 31.  That’s better. And that’s exactly what […]

3 Comments » - Posted in South Africa by

Monday, May 5th, 2008

The Many Faces of Buenos Aires

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: To us, Buenos Aires feels a lot like home.  It’s not just that we rented an apartment, though that has certainly helped.  It’s also that Buenos Aires often seems to us like a combination of some of the best parts of a few of the American […]

1 Comment » - Posted in Argentina by

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Home Sweet Buenos Aires

Just under two weeks ago, we arrived in Buenos Aires and, rather than checking into yet another hotel, we headed home.   We’d heard that apartment rentals are really common among visitors who come to this amazing city for more than a couple of days, and so, a few weeks ago, we started browsing some of this […]

1 Comment » - Posted in Argentina by

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

The Great[est] Outdoors

These days, when we meet new people and tell them how long we’ve been traveling, their first question is usually something along the lines of “What’s your favorite place been so far?” That’s an impossible question for us to answer; we’ve seen so many incredible places that we can’t pick just one.  Even speaking in […]

Comments Off on The Great[est] Outdoors - Posted in Chile by