Walking through Kathmandu’s Durbar Square after my arrival to Nepal, a quote from one of my favorite movies kept running throughly mind, “To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each … Continue reading
Just when I thought that I had already met the best that Emirates has to offer, these guys on flight EK222 came along… their stories from Serbia, Lebanon, Thailand and Norway were beautiful and our time of sharing was memorable. … Continue reading
After three years, a quarter of a million miles and 19 countries I have a couple of observations – Love is the most profound force known to man That whoever said that time heals all wounds must have broken something … Continue reading
I loved traveling to LA this week, reuniting Carissa and Matthew before they both start semesters at their respective schools. For me, it was an opportunity to not only see Carissa whom I last said goodbye to in Annecy France, … Continue reading
“MANIFESTO OF THE BRAVE AND BROKENHEARTED There is no greater threat to the critics and cynics and fearmongers Than those of us who are willing to fall Because we have learned how to rise With skinned knees and bruised hearts; … Continue reading
48 hours ago I was aiming my camera through the window of the airplane, snapping photos of the emerald green water that surrounds Zanzabar while on approach for a landing to pick up a few passengers. I was lamenting the fact that I had not scheduled time to stay on this island of paradise that lies just off the coast of Tanzania, Africa. My climbing buddy (and newly adopted daughter☺️) Katherine was wise indeed, having scheduled time in advance to enjoy this mysterious island with its musical name. Kat was somewhere down below and I was more than a bit envious.
One hour later while sitting on the runway in seat 8F we got word of a mechanical failure and promises of updates to come. During the five hours that followed, things got progressively nasty. Passengers were getting angry and the young pilot was running out of patience. Finally they took everyone off the plane and into the Qatar waiting area in the terminal. Things were not much better there and the crisis control employee for Qatar was clearly in over his head. The angry mob surrounding him was closing in.
I have learned in recent years that “the confused old man” approach works much better than the “here is what your fixing to do for me” approach from my younger days. As such, I leaned in close to the young man and said softly, I am sick, I am fixing to start throwing up which will compound your job dramatically, get me out of here. He summonsed a kind female Qatar employee who expedited me through customs and out to a waiting taxi. I was free at last to explore the magical island of Zanzibar.
Zanzibar’s beauty is only matched by the hearts of its people. I filled my little moleskin notebook with stories of people that I now carry close to my heart. The kindness’s that Kat and I experienced will not be soon forgotten.
These photographs help tell the story of 48 hours in Zanzibar.
Wednesday July 27th – While enjoying a Safari at Africa’s Ngorongoro today, we were viciously attacked by a swarm of flying insects that resembled a story of plagues from the Old Testament. With the roof raised on our Range Rover … Continue reading
Our safari at Africa’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area proved to be an interesting day. The events that transpired were more than I could tell in one post so I will break it into two. I hope that you enjoy these beautiful photographs from our … Continue reading
Tuesday, July 26th Tanzania, Africa Exhilarated, yet exhausted, from summiting Mt Kilimanjaro, our guide Wilfred Moshi treated us to an authentic African feast made by his mom. Our four hour road trip afterwards was interrupted only by a giraffe sighting … Continue reading
Jamba! (hello), from Africa Seven days, 54 miles and countless prayers later, we completed our mission of summiting Mt Kilimanjaro, the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. The purpose was to increase awareness and raise funds for the Badjao … Continue reading