Day 124: Morocco Part 3-Marrakesh to Essaouria

Computer hacker Roman Seleznev was already on the run. As the son of an influential Russian politician, he had committed credit card fraud in 2008 against the Atlanta company 'RBS Worldplay' and was suspected of cybercrimes all over the world. In all, he defrauded over 3,000 financial institutions and was suspected of skimming millions of…

Day 115: Sand boarding the Sahara

There's just something about the desert. Deserts are one of the most unforgiving and inhospitable landscapes on our mother earth. Not only can the heat peak over the 50 degree mark, erosion and weathering gives them an ephemerality that few environs have. Yet, walking around the sand, you start to notice things. Little scratches from…

Day 108: Under the Moroccan Sky

"Honey, slow down! You're scaring me!" Lisa said. "I'm only going 60 km per hour. It's like 40 miles per hour back home!" I replied. "Yes, but the speed limit is 40 and there are tight turns here. I'm sliding all around my seat and hitting the window!" "Exactly! We could drive the speed limit…

Day 102: Kenya-Roads Less Travelled

After a month in Tanzania, we left to explore its northern neighbor, Kenya. We boarded an 'Impala Shuttle' at 7:30 and drove 2 hours to the Namanga border crossing north of Arusha. We had filed for e-visas a month before but were assiduously checked by the agents to make sure we had yellow fever vaccinations…

Day 93: Tanzania Part 3- Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Tarangire

"Daddy, wake up! I heard something!" Ava said while rustling me awake at one in the morning. "I don't hear anything." I said sleepy eyed. "Just outside our tent. Listen!" Sure enough, I heard some footfalls that sounded faintly like 'clopping'. Moon shadowed shapes danced across the fabric of our tent and I heard plants…

Day 84: Tanzania Part 2- Zanzibar

"Jambo!" "Hakuna Matata!" "Hello my friend!" These all announce your arrival in Tanzania's most famous island. The turquoise waters were an iridescent blue I hadn't imagined in my wildest dreams. We boarded the Azam Marine ferry at 9:30am and made the two hour voyage to Zanzibar Town on the west side. Our guidebook said to…

Day 70: Tanzania Part 1- Dar Es Salaam

Arriving at Julius Nyerere International airport at 2:00 in the morning announced we had made it to the great continent. Whereas in Europe where you can time your watch by the train schedule, the pace at which how and when things get done in Africa changes largely by the ebb and tide of people's moods…