Away Message: I’m in Kenya on Safari

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I will be away from my office in Addis Ababa from Saturday August 22 to Thursday August 27. Chris and I will be escaping the rainy weather with a trip to Kenya, Chris’s old Peace Corps stomping ground. We’re finally getting around to that thing people do in East Africa – a safari. We’ll be peering through binoculars on game drives through the Maasai Mara by day and retreating to tented camps by night.

Why I’m Running the Ethiotrail Half Marathon

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Let’s be frank: I’m no runner. I’ve never had the special shoes or the Fitbit or the love of pain to really get into it. Yet here in Addis Ababa, I’ve just signed up for a trail run called Ethiotrail. I skipped the 12k option and went straight for the half marathon as my goal for August 9 (i.e. four weeks from now). Is that crazy? Probably. Good idea anyway? I think so. Here’s why:

“How Are You!” and First Impressions From Addis Ababa

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When I walk down the street in my new neighborhood in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, there’s no blending in. I’m a blatant ferenji (foreigner). The diplomatic capital of Africa sees its fair share of ferenj, but still, my otherness seems to invite shout-outs. After offers of “taxi!” the most common call I hear is “how are you!”

One Last Ode to Colorado

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Dear Colorado — my backyard, my habitat, my home, This is not the first time I’ve sat down with a heartful to write about you. I’ve penned my praises before. You already know what I love most. It’s the summits of your 14ers, your natural hot springs, your miles of mountain highway on road bike, your […]

Notes On a Long-term Ticket to East Africa

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It’s been nearly three years since I returned from my last long-term travel jaunt in South America. Three years! It’s been so good to be home. I reconnected with my hometown of Denver. I built a career with Southwind Adventures, and I went on a couple fam trips to Ecuador and Peru. I wrapped myself […]