Thursday, April 30, 2009

lake lightning

There was an incredible hour-long lightning storm over Lake Tanganyika last night. Despite my previous post warning of no more pictures before my return to the U.S., I couldn't resist posting this one. Enjoy.

(And for those who heard about the explosion in Dar es-Salaam, don't worry, I won't be back there until tomorrow...nevertheless, it's a bit disconcerting based on my track record.)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

african blog hiatus

To anyone I told to keep their eyes out on the blog for the month I'm away, I just wanted to warn you that I can no longer upload any more photos while I'm here.
We just found out last night that the place we're staying on Lake Tanganyika (Lake Shore Lodge) only has 1.5 gb of bandwith per month, which means we all need to halt the picture uploading in order to preserve our internet connection for the remainder of our time here.
I am having a wonderful time though. The Lake Shore Lodge is a sustainable organic farm in one of the most remote places in Africa, if not also the world. Chris and Louise, the owners, are two of the nicest, most accommodating people I've ever met. We are their first-ever guests and we're all more than impressed with everything and everyone here.
The stars here are like nothing I've ever seen. You can even see the milky way. And I learned that the Big Dipper is upside down here due to being in the Southern Hemisphere. Learn something new every day.
This past weekend I went on an overnight safari in Katavi National Park, since the mosquito nets STILL have not arrived for distribution. It was one of the best weekends of my entire life. To see those magnificent animals in their natural habitat, especially the giraffes, was a life dream of mine. Just magical.
At least half of the nets are supposed to FINALLY arrive today...keep your fingers crossed!

In case I don't get a chance to write again, I'll be sure to write in more detail upon my arrival back in the U.S. and of course post tons more pictures.
Thanks for sticking with me.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

lake tanganyika

refueling in dodoma, on the way to kipili from dar es-salaam
smallest plane i've ever been in (taken by tiffany)
12,500 feet above
fisher stevens and i get our own "vegetarian menus" at every meal.
in search of a hippo...still haven't found one
the film crew interviewing chris and lou about the history of the lake
captain fisher (stevens)
kayaking with max (taken by tiffany)
wooden canoe
crazy bug comparison

Friday, April 10, 2009

dar es-salaam

my british airways airplane tray
max in our kempinski hotel room in dar
max waiting for "meat on sticks"
"fun with sunscreen" max: "doesn't this look like arabic?"
greetings from one of those pools that looks like it's on the edge of a building...and overlooks the indian ocean
my first hint of wildlife!
journaling by the pool
we ate really good italian food (go figure) at the mediterraneo hotel on the indian ocean with a full moon illuminating the water
bora, muele, amy, max, alwyn

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

48 hours in London

Max playing "WOW"
haha, no dog "fouling"--this is for my dog-walker friends/clients
the oh-so-appropriate blanket in felix's room, where i stayed
secret garden, behind the house we stayed in, where i wrote in my journal
where i slept, in felix's room
out felix's window