On The Road

Kenya Safari

Kenya Safari

After our Global Village build was complete, I took a couple of days for siteseeing (since I didn’t know when I would be in Kenya again). I stayed at Ololo Lodge in the national park in Nairobi. Staying in the park was great – early […]

We Have to Do Better

We Have to Do Better

On one of our drives, Sylvester and I came across these two teenagers. We had them all to ourselves in the quiet as they grazed. I kept expecting to be inundated with other sightseers but no one found us. We just sat there with them […]

A Table with a View

A Table with a View

I have mentioned that Ololo Lodge is inside Nairobi National Park, and it’s hard to convey how incredible the views are except to share that this was my table for breakfast and lunch. I even had a monkey visitor. (He wanted to see what was […]

Evening Game Drive

Evening Game Drive

One of the best parts about staying at Ololo Lodge inside Narirobi National Park was being able to stay in the park a little later since we didn’t have to make our way back to the main gate at the end of the day. On […]

Bird People

Bird People

Our driver and guide in Kenya, Saidi, is also a bird watcher. We both had our binoculars and he had his guide book. (I didn’t realize before that bringing your own binoculars marks you as a bird person, but now I know). We were driving […]

Kenya Hotel

Kenya Hotel

While our build site was quite remote, our hotel was right on Homa Bay which leads into Lake Victoria. The hotel had a large outdoor space and we could walk down to be near the water. There were trees full of weaver birds, a gazebo […]

Driving Across Kenya

Driving Across Kenya

The whole team arrived in Nairobi over a couple of days. Once everyone was together, we had a group orientation, then split up into two vans to drive across the country, from Nairobi to Homa Bay by Lake Victoria where we would be building. They […]

Red Square

Red Square

The wild fires had been burning, and right up until our flight left we weren’t even sure it was a good idea to go to Moscow. We were going to visit a friend (and see a U2 concert). He lived a few blocks from Red […]

Ethiopian Duck Duck Goose

Ethiopian Duck Duck Goose

Everyone sits in a circle, and one person walks around with a piece of cloth. There a song about a hyena and suddenly the cloth is dropped behind someone and the chase is on. It’s an Ethiopian version of Duck Duck Goose and the kids […]

Blame Ken Burns

Blame Ken Burns

After seeing a show about the High Sierra Camps in Yosemite, I was obsessed. There’s a lottery to get a space – you hike between the camps and they have tents with beds and cook meals. That means a lot less to carry (especially in […]