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If I have one travel pet peeve (more than surly TSA agents, or long check-in lines at the airport, or carbohydrate-heavy in-flight meals), it is travelers who use the verb “To Do” in referring to a destination in the world. e.g. “Last summer, I did Europe” or the frequently-heard, “Someday I want to do Australia…

Breaking rocks is hard work. I wish I could speak from a lifetime experience, but in all my years, I only have these two half-days in Tanzania  during which time I personally smashed very hard rocks with iron tools. As activities go, breaking rocks can hurt something horrible. I still have blisters on both hands,…

It gets cold in Africa. We are just below the equator but over a mile high in altitude, so that evenings are cool and mornings are overcast. In Tanzania, July does not bring the T-shirt weather of home—July means winter. We have traded summer for the African winter and I am shivering beneath a spotty…

I went running that morning. I took off outside the gate and launched up the chocolate-colored road, ankle-deep in dust. A minute later, my shoes and socks were black with dirt, and I tasted the earth on my teeth, like salty crushed graham crackers. Tanzania’s winter is so dry and the air so still, the…

My favorite in-flight movie is the in-flight map—the one that starts playing before take-off, a blinking white airplane icon that inches through the night across a digital map of the world. I find the constant frame of reference somewhat comforting—the visible proof of my own progress, and a clear reminder that while I am dozing…