Africa

  • Most people go on vacation to relax, have fun, and make memories that’ll last a lifetime. Although my family had these expectations when we visited Nigeria in 2008, we did not get what we expected. We were surrounded by endless clamor, mosquitoes constantly attacking us, and no electricity or...

  • Most people look at the world as this picture perfect place where everyone lives a life either the same or better than them. We think of those in poverty as those with a small house and an old car. Africa can change your whole perspective on life; you think the homeless man on the street is living...

  • Everyday, an estimated 400,000 pick pocketing incidents occur around the world. In any given city, this means there are thousands of pickpockets, and my father was convinced that every single one had him squarely in their sights. In the months leading up to our trip to Morocco, he questioned...

  • Four journeys. Eight plane rides. One fraction. At age two, I flew over the Atlantic Ocean guided by my Senegalese father and part Portuguese, Irish, German mother for the first time. Our destination was Senegal, West Africa. My appreciation for other cultures stems from this early exposure to my...

  • In July of 2012, my family boarded a plane bound for Kenya, full of excitement and a little apprehension.  Our safari had been booked through Tim Melesi Safaris, and thanks to him and his amazing staff we have many memories to share.After traveling 24 hours, we arrived in Nairobi, exhausted. ...

  • Growing up in two different cultures, American and Sudanese, comes with its own set of challenges. However, in these cultures lies a beautiful intersection. Both, so complex, have allowed me to gain a dual perspective of the world I come from and the people I share my experiences with. For this...

  • Ever since I can remember, my family, especially my dad, has been obsessed with soccer. So when he told us he bought tickets for the World Cup in South Africa in 2010, it was a dream come true.  The whole family was thrilled. My sister and I had both played soccer since we were little, and when we...

  • On August 13th, 2013, we exited Egypt just in time to narrowly skirt the beginning of a week of violence in the streets of Cairo. I was traveling with my family on a self-planned tour of Israel, Egypt and Jordan.  The U.S. Department of State had issued travel warnings that discouraged unnecessary...

  • Have you ever felt like traveling to a place that is relaxing and upbeat at the same time?  Well, there is only one place on earth that encompasses both of these adjectives.  That perfect destination is none other than Cape Town, South Africa!  From white sand beaches bathed in turquoise seas to...

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  • I'm falling fast.  I can feel myself accelerating as my equipment rides up into uncomfortable areas. But, I don’t care. I glance upwards to see the aircraft I was on just seconds before, rapidly decreasing in size. Turning around, I can easily make out the incredible palm tree-shaped island...

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