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Spending A Night At The Uganda-Kenya Border

July 23, 2014

I Was The First Person On The Bus

My very cool yet very different Christmas experience in Burundi left me hoping I’d get to meet Carole! She was so nice to let me stay in her place while she was at home in Eldoret, Kenya celebrating the holidays with her family. Originally she planned to come back to Burundi, via Uganda, when I […]

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Celebrating The New Year In Uganda

July 21, 2014

Celebrating New Year's!

I wasn’t sure if I’d be celebrating New Year’s Eve in Rwanda or Uganda. I was trying to arrange an expedition into the mountains to see the gorillas in either Rwanda or Uganda, but it was just way too expensive. So I stayed a few days in Rwanda and then headed to Kampala, Uganda on […]

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Yet Another Genocide

July 16, 2014

Kigali Memorial Center

You might say an undercurrent of The Happy Nomad Tour has been hitting all the genocide spots of the 20th century. First there was Cambodia, then Ukraine (though it’s usually not mentioned, arguably it’s the worst of them all), Armenia, Slovakia/Israel (representative of the holocaust), and now Rwanda. Rwanda is a peculiar one though. In […]

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Hanging Out With Rwandan Street Boys

July 14, 2014

The Soccer-Basketball Court

Africa has a problem with street boys. For one reason or another, many boys end up living on the street. Maybe their parents have died. Maybe the parents are HIV positive and can’t provide for the kids. The parents could have substance abuse problems. The family could be incredibly poor and the kids feel obligated […]

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Umuganda – Cleaning Up Rwanda And Building Communities

July 9, 2014

Masaka Umuganda November 22 2012

My first full day in Kigali, capital of Rwanda, was on Saturday, December 28th, 2013. I arrived the evening before and was staying with a German friend of Martin and Jonas – though neither had actually met him in person. He and his roommate were extremely nice, but they forgot to mention something important about the […]

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A Crazy, Crazy Christmas In Burundi

July 7, 2014

Welcome To Burundi

It wasn’t my goal to spend Christmas in Burundi. But I found a free ticket using my frequent flier miles from Hargeisa, Somalia (Somaliland) to Bujumbura, Burundi on December 23rd, 2013. Burundi seemed as good a place as any to spend Christmas, so why not? I would arrive on December 24th due to an overnight […]

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Visiting A Camel Market In Hargeisa, Somalia

July 2, 2014

Smiling Camel - Taken 22-Dec-2013 - Hargeisa, Somalia

I had planned to go to Las Geel and Berbera while in Somaliland. There aren’t many touristy things to do, but seeing some early signs of civilization in majestic caves and seeing some shipwrecks off the Gulf of Aden would suffice. I had read online that I could go to Las Geel for about $80, […]

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Somalia – Lovely At Christmastime

June 30, 2014

He Asked Me To Take His Picture

“So wait, you went to Somalia..for fun..at Christmastime?” “Yes, I did.” It’s a conversation I’ve had far too many times since visiting Somalia in December 2013. This article will serve as a record of my experience, and perhaps a gentle nudge that you too should visit! I got to Somalia by taking a buses in […]

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Harar, Ethiopia – Holy Islamic City & Feeding Hyenas!

June 25, 2014

Feeding The Hyenas

Harar was an interesting place to visit after Lalibela. While Lalibela is an important city in Ethiopia’s Christian history, Harar is central to Ethiopia’s Muslim history. Considered the 4th holiest city in Islam (after Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem), Harar in many ways is a symbol of what could be. Muslims and Christians have been living […]

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Reveling In Ethiopia’s Cheap & Efficient Medical Care While Battling Infection

June 23, 2014

diarrhea

On my fourth and final full-day bus ride of the week I visited Lalibela, Ethiopia, I woke up knowing something was wrong with my stomach. It was the fourth time that week I had to get up at 4:30am and I knew my stomach didn’t like severe disruptions to my normal schedule (whatever that is). […]

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Lalibela – Some Of The World’s Most Amazing Churces

June 18, 2014

St George's Church

Lalibela is one of Ethiopia’s most holy places.  Named after King Lalibela, this town contains some of the world’s most impressive churches. After Saladin captured Jerusalem, Lalibela built these churches. One group represents earthly Jerusalem, and the other represents heavenly Jerusalem. One of the first Europeans to see the churches, a Portuguese priest named Francisco […]

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Stuck In The Middle Of Ethiopia – 4 Days On Buses For One Day In Lalibela!

June 16, 2014

Pushing The Bus

When my friends in Lebanon convinced me that I had to go to Ethiopia, they specifically mentioned that I had to visit Lalibela. They said it was 1000 times more impressive than Petra. I hadn’t been to Petra yet, but that seemed a bit hard to believe! Well, like everything in life, the good things […]

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Helped By An Ethiopian Angel

June 11, 2014

With Layla, A Supremely Kind Ethiopian

On my first day in Ethiopia I wanted to be proactive and get visas for upcoming countries. First I went to the Djibouti Embassy. It took a while to find it. I knew the general area it was in, but I had to ask many, many random people on the street who all guided me […]

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Initial Impressions Of Beautiful Ethiopia

June 9, 2014

Africa Street In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia And A Belching Bus

I arrived in Ethiopia not really knowing what to expect. I knew very little about the country before I decided to come here. While I was in Lebanon my friends there kept ranting and raving about Ethiopia. I decided to come and I did a bit of preliminary research. The history seemed interesting. It was […]

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Not Getting Arrested At The Khartoum, Sudan Airport, Thankfully

June 4, 2014

My Personal Escort Through The Airport

I departed Ankara, Turkey for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in December 2013. It was a 13-hour overnight journey with stops in Istanbul and Khartoum, Sudan. While checking in for the flights in Ankara, the agent told me that they could only check my bag to Khartoum. My connecting flight was on Ethiopian Airlines and their system […]

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Adventure Underwear – Protecting Your Goods While Traveling

June 2, 2014

Adventure Underwear

For whatever reason, I get a lot of emails from people looking to promote products and services. I ignore most, but when Nigel from Adventure Underwear contacted me I saw great promise in what he had to offer! He invented underwear that was not only comfortable to wear, but also had waterproof pockets to safeguard […]

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