Finding Home: Paia, Part 2

Continued from Part 1 here. On my fourth morning in Maui, I woke up to a flurry of emails and phone calls. I’d applied for a fellowship with a growing…

The Women of Tanzania

As a woman/girl/budding adult living in 21st century America I often forget how lucky I am. I go to college. I can vote. I can wear whatever clothing I want…

The Real Life Lion King

    ….pink bottomed monkeys, tree climbing lions, grandiose babao trees, running giraffes, bathing hippos, dirty warthogs, laughing hyenas and all! There is no one person who would travel all…

Translanguaging

Another facet of Tanzanian culture that intrigued me was the art of the language: be it Swahili, English or Maa (the language of the Maasai tribe). The few weeks leading…

Oh, Africa!

My friend Dominic has a really simple, yet rather ingenious way of setting the tone and atmosphere of his emails. Right at the top of his text he names a…

I Dreamed of Africa

I Dreamed of Africa is the title of the book, by Kuki Gallman, that has accompanied me on my first few days in Arusha, Tanzania. A beautiful, auto-biographical love story…

Visiting Africa

If you’re an enthusiastic GoGirl planning on traveling to Africa, I have a few words of advice for you. After having been in Tanzania in East Africa for little over…

Tanzania Bound

I have always thought that airports are fascinating places. The constant influx of people, arriving and departing from all over the world, luggage in hand and a destination in mind….

More Zanzibari antics! :)

Another stunning day on Zanzibar island. It’s so hot today — about 36 degrees I think — and the sea is so warm it’s like getting in a bubble bath…not very…

Michaela Finaly Arrives in Zanzibar!

Thank goodness! I have somehow managed to get through the 10 hour coach journey from Arusha to Dar (from one side of Tanzania to the other). After arguing with a…

Football Fever!

All around the world, people are full of football fever! It’s the first weekend of the month-long sports fans’ heaven known as the FIFA World Cup. Every four years FIFA,…

Welcome to the Kingdom!

Ever wanted to travel to a country where everyone knows your name? Where you’re a regular after just one trip? I wouldn’t go so far as to say everyone in…