Journeys way off the beaten path, and the power of everyday people.

Dancing northern lights

We stand on the side of the road in darkness, the Icelandic wind whirring in my hat and hood. It is dark, and before the guys saw aurora but now it is gone. There are some green hues behind the clouds that rolled in. We wait. Some moments later,…

Surprise

I like surprises, especially when it's in the inside of a person, and not knowing what the hell is going to happen. I had no clue i would end up in Lithuania, Senegal or Zambia or that I would only be beginning to touch the surface of how the exper…

Art, in everyday life

BRIN/DJIBONKER, SENEGAL — Only the flames from the fire light the cooking shelter, where Berthe is patting the gauze, carefully folded over the top of the pot of piping hot corn rounds, steam wafting up and out into the black night. She started w…

Walking with the king

LIVINGSTONE TOWN, ZAMBIA — Outside of Victoria Falls national park in Zambia, Africa, Lion Encounter is a reserve for captive-bred lions and a program to introduce their offspring into the wild to care for the declining wild lion populations. Her…

First class? Weeee!

Surprise! Upgraded to first class Senegal, Africa, to NYC. I can't even touch the end of my seat. There's a menu I get to choose food from. Pillows. A lay-flat seat! I feel like Oliver. I have no idea why I was one chosen on the full plane to u…

Happy birthday, in Africa

I'm in Dakar, Senegal, for my birthday. I'm under anyone's radar and enjoying walking past goats and chickens and burnt out cars and girls doing their hair in the street and trying to buy tampons.... In a country where there is none because the pha…

A day in Dakar

I was awake 6 hours in Dakar and we had had a moonwalk dance lesson from Boris, pet goats in the street, got hauled into a family dance fete with 14 people packed into the front room that's the size of the Vertex bathroom and I had a mini dance sessi…

Friday night in Africa

Doing my favorite thing ... Sitting in the doorway and street.... Watching the world go by. In Senegal.I'm with my adopted family here. I gave zero idea what they're in hysterics about. :-)…