April Adventures

Because I love traveling and exploring new places, I was busy brainstorming travel ideas for spring break soon after Christmas. Initially, the chance to meet up with some former students and friends influenced my decision to wander through several European cities instead of visiting other parts of Africa or even Asia. The plan evolved into…

Karibuni Dar es Salaam

This past week, I had the cool opportunity to host a friend here in Dar es Salaam. Its not often that I get visitors all the way from the U.S., so I invested considerable thought into how to maximize her week so as to get the best possible introduction to this beautiful city I call…

An Adventure Worth Telling (Part 2)

Continued from An Adventure Worth Telling (Part 1) “Not all who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien In keeping with the Tolkien theme, this aptly describes how I spent the remainder of my time in Paris. After heading back to the apartment to shower and empty my backpack of dirty clothes, T. and I set…

An Adventure Worth Telling (Part 1)

“It simply isn’t an adventure worth telling if there aren’t any dragons.” – J.R.R. Tolkien Though there were certainly points of my trip where I was struggling to embrace this mindset, I do wholeheartedly agree with Tolkien. Stories, and the conflicts that make them, are what make adventure so much fun. And what is life…

Airports & Aimless Thoughts

I’m in an airport for the tenth time in a month. My flight is delayed, so I’ve been sitting here for several hours surfing the web, and allowing my mind to wander aimlessly. Its nearly 1 a.m. and admittedly, I’m exhausted, so there’s not a lot of productive thought happening. [Three days later.] Obviously those…

Summer 2016: Road Trip!

The Plan At Christmas, my brother Josh and I started planning our “epic summer vacation,” which included camping on the Outer Banks in North Carolina and mountain biking, rock climbing, and other general adventuring along the way. I informed my manager at the bike store that I needed a week off in July, and considered everything…

SEW Week 2016 – Team DAIL

HOPAC’s 10th Annual Service Emphasis Week (SEW) – Team DAIL! DAIL is a Korean NGO that works in an impoverished community near HOPAC in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. They run a foundational school for a number of the students in the community, where several of the twelfth grade HOPAC students volunteer throughout the year. For…

Photo Blast!

Just a small sample of the photography I’ve been doing this month…    

The ABC’s of Life in Dar es Salaam

Azam Ball Cones Azam is an enormous manufacturer of food products (and probably other things) in Tanzania. Juice, flour, milk(ish), you name it, and Azam probably produces it. However, the crowning achievement of Azam’s manufacturing genius is the ball cone. The Azam ball cone is simply a scoop of vanilla ice cream atop a cone and…

Kweli

I originally logged onto WordPress to write a serious post, but it just isn’t happening tonight. I think I might continue mulling over my ideas on how us humans were created to live in community over the long weekend (I’m heading to Mbeya to do some hiking in the mountains). Until I get back and…

The Best Job Ever.

Yes. That’s right. I have the best job ever. Teaching at HOPAC is actually a lot of fun. My job is pretty awesome. I get to be mobbed by awesome primary students in the snack bar line. I get to wear crazy colors and celebrate togetherness with students and teachers of all ages. I get…