Jul 17, 2018

Malawi – Land, Malawi – Inland Sea, Warm Heart of Africa

Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘nice doggie’
until you can find a rock.

Will Rogers

Pumping water with Malawi girls
After about 15 gallons I was toast
Malawi, two-third land and one-third water thanks to Lake Malawi, the ninth largest lake in the world, clear proof of the immense size of the Great Rift Valley!  ‘Discovered’ in 1859 by the British missionary-explorer David Livingstone who called it ‘The Lake of Stars’ referring to the thousands of fishing boats adorned with small prow lanterns, drifting across this ‘Inland Sea’ at night. 

Jul 4, 2018

The Allure of a New Ocean

I want to do to you
what springs does with cherry trees.

Pablo Neruda

Uluguru mountains, Morogoro, Tanzania

We see ads everywhere claiming, ‘It is the ultimate earning machine!’ – What could it be?  Is it mysterious?  Have you guessed yet? 

Jun 23, 2018

From the Land of a Thousand Hills to the Land of Endless Space

Partir c’est mourir un peu

Edmond Haraucourt

Boys herding goats
With endless lush mountains and natural beauty, it is easy to forget that the atrocities of ‘The Genocide against the Tutsi’ happened in Rwanda less than 25 years ago.

Jun 13, 2018

This Land Is Not For Sale – Tomorrow Lost

The life of the dead is placed
in the memory of the living.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Kids, they are so expressive…

Writing about Africa some four months after the fact, due to lack of internet during the trip, is tougher, memories no longer fresh in mind.  I need to immerse back in ‘that’ moment to effectively write about it, something made harder when surrounded by routine and the many familiar comforts of home. 

May 31, 2018

Uganda – Treasuring the Pearl of Africa

If you are irritated by every rub,
how will you be polished?

Rumi

Tea from horizon to horizon – too late in the day for picking
The next miles take us to Uganda’s Kalinzu Central Forest Reserve to see chimpanzees, Queen Elizabeth National Park to view elephants, hippos, buffalos and crocodiles from a boat instead of a jeep, and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park to track mountain gorillas.