Cichlids, Sailboats and Souvenirs – Nkhata Bay and Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi and Nkhata Bay - Lakefront Leisure “A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.” - William Wordsworth The bus drops us off on the side of the highway, and we’re not exactly sure which way to go. An an ex-pat couple working for an international NGO pulls over and offers to drive us to a guesthouse. On the way, we learn that many of the westerners in Malawi work for NGOs, and the rest are backpackers traveling overland across Africa, like us. The guesthouse in Chitimba is [...]

By |2019-02-22T21:03:57-07:00October 29th, 2018|Categories: Africa|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Veganism and Vegetarians – Let Your Conscience Be Your Food Guide

Conscience Food Choices - The Case for Veganism “I tried to amend my carnivorous habits.” - Jimmy Buffett We are not vegans, but we have been eating a plant-based diet for nearly twenty years. Our reasons for this have been based on health and moral concerns. Study after study show that meat consumption leads to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and obesity, among other diseases. And, the horrible treatment of animals in the mass production of meat products is well documented. Thirty years ago, those who cared [...]

By |2019-02-22T21:04:28-07:00October 22nd, 2018|Categories: Conservation|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Cheaper For You – How To Haggle and Bargain Like a Pro

Haggling and Bargaining - Negotiating a Fair Deal “Now you're getting it. Eleven?! Did I hear you right? Eleven?! This cost me twelve. You want to ruin me ...” - Monty Python (Life Of Brian) In most countries it is customary and expected for a certain amount of haggling to be part of buying and selling goods and services. Items with negotiable prices will vary from region to region, but will generally include taxi fares, guide and porter services, souvenirs, hotel rooms, and anything for sale in a public market. In [...]

By |2019-02-22T21:04:47-07:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Travel|Tags: |0 Comments

Nomads, Gompas and Koras – Buddhist Festivals on the Tibetan Plateau

Pilgrims, Priests and Prayer Flags - Buddhist Monasteries on the Tibetan Plateau “I am confident I will set foot again in Tibet in my lifetime.” - 14th Dalai Lama Despite the altitude, it is stiflingly hot and we have to get out of the city. One week in Lhasa is enough time to see its highlights and the outlying temples accessible as day trips. Most tour operators offer excursions of varying lengths to sites farther afield. So, we hire a 4X4 and driver for a few days to visit several monasteries and [...]

By |2019-02-22T21:05:13-07:00October 8th, 2018|Categories: Asia|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Swahili Dhows and Zanzibar Ferries – Tanzanian Island-Hopping

Swahili Coast Island Hopping - Tanga to Dar es Salaam by Dhow and Ferry “It is not worth the while to go round the world to count the cats in Zanzibar.” - Henry David Thoreau A contrast is immediately apparent upon crossing the border from Kenya to Tanzania. The paved road gives way to a dirt track, and concrete buildings with tin tops are replaced by mud huts with thatched caps. We are in Tanga, and decide to island-hop down the Swahili coast Dar es Salaam. We are always looking for adventure and [...]

By |2019-02-22T21:05:31-07:00October 1st, 2018|Categories: Africa|Tags: , , , |0 Comments