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Loving Nairobi and all of its Craziness

As I prepared for my solo trip to Africa, those closest to me weren’t exactly…….encouraging.  My parents didn’t comprehend that I was actually going until I started packing my bags.  They tried to dissuade me — apparently the thought of their only daughter traipsing around Africa was a bit nerve racking. “How about Japan? Or why don’t you visit your uncle in... read more

Maasai Mara: My Adventure at Kenya’s Most Popular Park

I hadn’t really planned on visiting any national parks while in Kenya, and certainly not Maasai Mara. While iconic in name and famous for its high concentration of big cats, local Maasai people and of course, the Great Migration, because it’s just too expensive. Entrance is $80 per DAY, which doesn’t include a vehicle, guide or accommodation. Who are the Maasai? One of Kenya’s... read more

Chillin’ in the Kingdom: A Day in Amman

When I was impulsively scouring the web for tickets to Africa, I realized that they were about half the price if I were to leave from Amman, Jordan, as opposed to Tel Aviv, Israel, where I was starting my trip (about $500 vs. 1000 RT). Amman is roughly 65 miles from Tel Aviv and 45 from Jerusalem. A piece of cake, I thought, booked the ticket, and decided to figure it out once I got there. Wrong. Crossing... read more

In Israel, the Desert is Full of Surprises

Thoughts upon arriving to Israel: When did everything get even more expensive? Israelis are so cool. How are they all so cool? The beach! Olives! I need to move here. (After being cut in front of five times while trying to order some bread) WHY ARE ISRAELIS SO PUSHY? I need to be pushier. I could never live here. At least tomatoes are still cheap. I should live here! Could I live here? After visiting... read more

Ohio: Goodbye and Good Morning

I have three hours to kill during my layover in Istanbul, and as 6 am is a little early for kebabs (wait, is it?), what better time to resume blogging! To catch you up to speed: I was home for six weeks, and while I’m sure you’re all dying for some Cleveland-centric posts, I didn’t really do anything too blog worthy. In fact, I didn’t really do much at all.   So, with an extra... read more

2014: Blog Changes & Travel Plans

So, you’re probably wondering why the blog is called The Roaming Coconuts if there is only one of me, right?  TRC was born into existence after I met Silvia while we were volunteers in Thailand.  After knowing each other for only three months, we decided to take an epic four and a half month backpacking trip around Asia, stopping in places like Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan,... read more

Venturing Outside of Chiang Mai: Thai Cowboys and Placenta Curry

After weeks of talking about it, my friends and I finally managed to coordinate a trip to the Sanpatong Saturday Buffalo Market.  Despite its name, the market sells everything under the sun – cattle, roosters, clothes, motorcycles, chilis, machetes and so on.  Yep, you gotta love Asia. We left Chiang Mai early in an attempt to beat the scorching noon sun.  At 6 am the city seemed like  a totally different... read more

Silvia is Moving!

  As many of you know, Danielle and I decided to go our separate ways for some solo traveling in the spring, before reuniting this summer in Israel. We had planned to continue blogging together on The Roaming Coconuts, however we quickly realized that sharing a blog from different continents would be a bit tricky. Coordinating blog posts while Danielle is in Ethiopia and I’m in Iran? Maybe not... read more

Battle and Downs: The South of England

This post was written by Silvia Lawrence, who can be found blogging from Heart My Backpack.   Oh hey blog, remember me? I didn’t totally abandon you, just took a little holiday break at home in the States. Three weeks, lots of exciting Christmas presents, and an extra ten pounds later, I hopped on a plane to London and remembered something about being a coconut. That’s right –... read more

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