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The Six Thousand Shilling Ungulate Pyramid

1 Aug 2010

Five friends and I were on vacation, in (on?) Lamu, that shiny Kenyan coastal island. And what does one do ... read more

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Ethical Dilemma: Visiting A Maasai Manyatta

For the second time in our lives, my classmates and I ducked into a Maasai family’s home. Our host, a relatively young man, was already inside. As we dropped ... read more

02 Aug 2010
 

Insider Tips

Etiquette

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Be A Good Houseguest

When you go to a national park, you’re entering an area that’s been set aside especially for wildlife, as a home free from the dangers they face in ... read more

28 Apr 2010
Must Do

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Check On Kili

Maybe some of you are used to living in the shadow of an enormous and godlike dormant volcano. I’m still not. Mt. Kilimanjaro has inspired everyone from Ernest Hemingway ... read more

28 Apr 2010
Slang

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How To Stay Poa

You’re new here and you stick out like a shaved goat. Hawkers smell fresh meat and suddenly you’re surrounded. A dozen hands, draped with identical souvenir necklaces, extend ... read more

22 Apr 2010
Music

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Mosh with the Maasai

One of my professors once described the traditional Maasai warrior lifestyle in this way: "They walk all day to get to a party, and dance and sing all night, and ... read more

06 May 2010
Nightlife

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Bring Light to Lamu

During the day, Lamu Town is a lovely island village filled with fascinating architecture, kind people, and adorable stray cats. At night, it is still all of these things. However ... read more

01 Jun 2010
Being an American

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Everyone Knows Obama

When he found out I was that particular breed of mzungu that comes from America, the formerly reticent man I’d been working with suddenly had plenty of stories. It ... read more

01 Jun 2010
Must Do

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Look Out For Elephant Damage

One of the best parts of traveling in East Africa is how possible it is to just stumble upon an elephant. If you feel like being a bit more proactive ... read more

02 Jun 2010
Packing

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Wear Closed-Toed Shoes

East Africa is notoriously hot, so you’d be forgiven for assuming you should pack sandals. However, it’s also notoriously thorny (and sometimes snakey), so odds are you’ll ... read more

02 Jun 2010
Food

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Keep Trying Goat, It Will Get Better

Someone I met on my trip (credentials: she cites Chipotle as “the thing she misses second-most about America”) told me that the first three times I tried roasted goat, a ... read more

20 Jul 2010
Health

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The Littlest Snakes Pack the Biggest Punch

When walking around in a wild place, it’s generally important to watch your step, but more specifically important to know what you’re watching for. Besides thorns and the ... read more

20 Jul 2010
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