Saturday, August 23, 2014

MY FRIENDS AT MSAMARIA

It’s been a month since I have been in Moshi. When I first arrived, I was arranged to teach English at Kilimanjaro Primary School. I loved my 2nd and 5th grade class and I loved the teachers I was working alongside with. However, the highlight of my day has always been in the afternoon, when I visit the children at Msamaria, the center for street children.


Saturday, August 9, 2014

KILIMANJARO DIARY

Mount Kilimanjaro is the “Roof of Africa”. At an altitude of 5,895 meters, or 19,341 feet above sea level, it is the highest mountain on the continent, and one of the “Seven Summits” in the world. In addition, it is the tallest freestanding mountain known to mankind. 



Saturday, July 26, 2014

HELLO MOSHI!

When I made the decision to travel the world for a year, I also decided that I would volunteer a quarter of my time away. After much research, I found an opportunity to teach English in Moshi, Tanzania. I wanted to give back and help those that are underprivileged, however, as soon as I arrived, I knew that there is little I could contribute. Instead, they are going to be the one that will change my life for the better.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

FLYING OVER VICTORIA FALLS

Victoria Falls, one of Africa’s most iconic scenic landmark. I’ve seen photos, videos, and read about it countless of times, but actually flying over it? It was totally unreal! 


Monday, June 23, 2014

CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

The Chobe National Park is Botswana’s first national park, and one of the most diverse. It covers around 11,700 square kilometers (4,517 square miles) of the northern Kalahari. The park lies along the Chobe River, which borders Botswana and Namibia, and has the greatest concentration of elephants in the continent.


Sunday, June 22, 2014

THE OKAVANGO DELTA

The Okavango Delta in Botswana is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered one of nature’s masterpieces. Spanning over 16,000 square kilometers (6,178 square miles), this vast and virtually untouched freshwater wetland is the world’s largest inland river delta.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

CHAMPASAK

Champasak is a sleepy town with a fountain circle in the middle of the main street. Just about everything here is spread along the riverside road, on either side of the fountain circle. It’s hard to imagine this place as the centre of power in the lower Mekong basin once upon a time. There is not a whole lot here nowadays except wooden guesthouses and some small markets, but people flock here for its rich cultural history, the Angkor period temples, and the remaining French colonial architecture from the former royal family.


Saturday, May 31, 2014

BEEN THERE, DON DET

Throughout my travels in Laos, I have heard many raves about Si Phon Don (4,000 Islands). What’s funny, is that no one could actually tell me why this place is so amazing, “oh the people, the atmosphere… It’s just awesome. Super chill, you just have to go and experience it yourself.” So, before I left Laos, I made sure to stop by Si Phon Don. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to this one-of-a-kind destination, and here are 10 reasons why:


Sunday, May 25, 2014

PHONSAVAN, LAOS: THE OLDEN DAYS

The name Phonsavan roughly translates to “hills of paradise”. This little town in the northeastern part of Laos is a picturesque countryside full of green hillsides and history. It was heavily bombed during World War II by the United States, in hope to hinder the Ho Chi Minh trail. An unimaginable amount of bombs were dropped here, earning Laos the title of the most heavily bombed country in history. Even after all these years, the marks of World War II still remain, and explosions occur even today from bombs that did not detonate. To give a visual, the red dots on the map below correspond to UXO buried in the ground.