Abidjan to Accra | West African Road Trip

We jokingly termed our friendsgiving week road trip to and from Accra, Ghana as our West African garden route road trip. And although it wasn’t a garden route, there was much to see and hear along the way. The road peppered with little towns with people bustling about, marketplaces packed with people, the roadside “mama”…

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Axim | Paradise Defined

There are the Parises and the Londons of the world, the incredible cities to visit, to take in the sights, see the architecture, and learn the history, the known commodities, the ones featured in movies; all of which we love. Then there are the places that are off the beaten path, the ones you only…

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Oktoberfest | Life in Diapers

When our friends invited us to join them in Germany for Oktoberfest to celebrate one of their birthdays, we immediately said Y.E.S!!! It was an opportunity to see them, to have a weekend getaway, and to cross a bucket list item off amongst friends. We then later started to think of the logistics and complexities…

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et Voila! | Côte d’Ivoire

Here we are in Abidjan…poised to begin another adventure together, this time alongside our son. I immediately fell in love with the food available here…from delicious pastries to fresh seafood but I felt like a fish out of water and searching for something to make this new place feel like home. I was initially a…

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Face-to-Face | Mountain Gorillas

Our final weekend during my parents’ visit last January/February was the ultimate crescendo to a wonderful 3 weeks together…getting up-close and personal with mountain gorillas! Crouched down, admiring the large silverback 10-15 feet in front of me, and looking through my camera lens, the 40+ year old got up from his relaxed pose he had been…

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Nyamirambo Women’s Center | Basketweaving

After the fun we had doing pottery in Gatagara, we set up another activity with VAYANDO at the Nyamirambo Women’s Center in Kigali during my parents’ and aunt’s trip to Rwanda last January/February. My husband and I love Rwandan baskets…the colors and patterns! Anytime we found a new pattern or color scheme, we could not resist…

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Earth Trembling | Intore Dancing

More from our visit to Rosamond Carr’s on our way back from Gisenyi during my parents’ and aunt’s trip to Rwanda last year… Roz Carr’s gardens were the ideal backdrop for the Intore dancing performance we arranged for our visit. The performance consists of three components, the women’s dance – or ballet, the men’s dance…

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Rosamond Carr’s Gardens and Imbabazi Orphanage

Another adventure during my parents’ and aunt’s 3 week visit to Rwanda… On our way back to Kigali from Gisenyi, we stopped by Rosamond Carr’s Gardens and the former Imbabazi Orphanage. As we waited for our tour to begin, we meandered through her gardens…an oasis of colors, flora, and birds. Endless varieties of flowers brought from…

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Our Rough Ride | Congo Nile Trail

The adventure continued with my parents and aunt from Kibuye to Gisenyi… We all have those trips that we think we have all planned out, itineraries, and printed google maps to get us from place to place…but there are those times when best laid plans don’t go your way. This adventure was one of them…

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Bats Overhead | Lake Kivu

More adventures during my parents’ three weeks in Rwanda in January and February last year…. Napoleon Island  From our hotel in Kibuye, we arranged a boat trip for the five of us out to Napoleon Island. All I could find on travel sites and other blogs was limited information about visiting Amahoro (meaning peace) Island, also known…

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