Passportless on the Albanian Riviera

  This post was written with Silvia of Heart My Backpack! If you were following the news in the 90s you’re a) old and b) you probably remember Albania as a war-torn and closed off country, under the tight control of a brutal dictatorship. Luckily, the Albania we experienced in 2014 couldn’t have been further from that. Beautiful white-sand beaches, clear turquoise water, cheap food and wine and some... read more

16 Hours in Belgrade

Originally we were going to spend a few weeks in Israel. When we were planning our trip Danielle insisted that we needed at least three weeks (though according to her four would have been ideal). But after two weeks of touring the New Jersey sized country, we decided, like we always do, it was time to go somewhere new. I had been obsessed with visiting the Balkans and Danielle really wanted to go to... read more

11 Ways To Backpack Through Israel On Less Than $20 Per Day

  I’ve been talking Israel up to Silvia for the past year, so when we finally decided to go the pressure was on. Especially when I realized that despite having been there several times before, I had never actually traveled the country as a tourist. Obviously I’ve always been a fan of Israel, but this trip opened my eyes to just how warm and hospitable Israelis can be. Prickly pears (sabras)... read more

Surfing in Palestine

Couchsurfing that is. The West Bank. Palestine. Whatever you want to call it, controversy over this small yet politically and religiously charged piece of land has been saturating the international news for years, so chances are you’ve heard of it. You probably even have some sort of opinion about it. Though I had been to Israel several times, I had never spent more than a few hours in the West Bank, and... read more

Getting Spit On And Other Cultural Adventures With The Karamajong

The driver parked on the side of the road to grab something from a nearby store leaving me and Ben, my good Ugandan friend in the back seat. While we were waiting I saw a man whose beautiful, weathered face was so full of character, I had to take his picture. I snapped away and he requested payment. Not something I like to make a habit of, but being stuck in the backseat I obliged, passing him a handful... read more

Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Everything seems to move a little bit slower in Africa, so it’s no surprise that I’ve started to fall slightly behind on blogging. The Swahili term “pole pole,” meaning “slowly slowly,” can aptly be applied to well, almost every situation here. Why is the seven hour bus taking twelve hours? “Pole pole.”  When my trekking guide decides that we should cross a... read more

Misadventures at Lake Nakuru National Park

I should start with a confession: I snuck into Lake Nakuru National Park to avoid the $80 entrance fee. More specifically, Abby and I snuck into Lake Nakuru National Park by riding in the back of Sam’s Toyota. So yeah, two grown women in the trunk. According to Sam, this is the tried and true way for foreigners to avoid the prohibitively steep fees imposed upon them. If nothing else, it was... read more

Hell’s Gate National Park

As Sam, Abby and I set off for Hell’s Gate National Park — the park that inspired the scenery in Lion King — I had illusions of grandeur. I was going to bicycle alongside zebras, run with the giraffes, trot with the warthogs!  Yes I was! You’re probably wondering if I was worried I would be eaten by lions, right? Actually there are no predators at Hell’s Gate, which is why... read more

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

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