The Serengeti

Wildebeest in the Serengeti

Wildebeest in the Serengeti

From Lake Manyara we moved on to the Serengeti.  The Serengeti is a vast grassy plain, intermixed with rocky outcroppings and the occasional acacia tree.  As we neared the park entrance, we encountered one of the world’s natural wonders: the great migration.  Approximately 3,000,000 wildebeest, 250,000 zebras, and 350,000 impalas were headed north on their annual journey that circles clockwise through Tanzania and Kenya. Continue reading


Land of a Thousand Hills

A man leads his cow while clouds cover the volcano behind him

A man leads his cow while clouds cover the volcano behind him

We stopped in Vienna for two days then flew to Rwanda via Istanbul.  It was New Year’s Eve and we could see fireworks below us as we passed over Cairo.  As we approached Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, man-made fireworks gave way to Mother Nature’s.  Huge bolts of lightning electrified the night skies.  Below us, there was little to see.  Most cities in Rwanda outside of Kigali do not have electricity and consequently disappear into the blackness of night.  Rwanda is one of the poorest countries in the world. Continue reading

Night Train to Budapest

Mandy doesn’t like pictures like this because she thinks I’m about to be left behind

We boarded the train for Budapest, found our cabin, and let out a sigh of relief.  In the last 36 hours we had replaced our passports, filed two police reports, spoke with our insurance company, arranged to ship a few packages from the U.S., and found Mandy replacement contact lenses.  The cabin was hot and stuffy, but eventually a cool breeze blew in through the windows as the train sped off into the night. Continue reading

Behind the Iron Curtain

To keep our journey chronological, here is the link to our eventful third night in Krakow, which we wrote about earlier.

After the robbery on Saturday, we had an enforced delay until Monday in order to pick up new passports at the U.S. consulate.  The list of stolen items was pretty extensive, so with our enforced delay we set out on a mission to replace as much as possible.   Continue reading

Yellow Cake

Another day sleeping in, another casual morning spent studying. To get the vibe right, I had Swedish bands (Lykke Li, Miike Snow, Jose Gonzalez) coming through my headphones.

But today was different.  Today our apartment in Stockholm, would become their apartment again.  Karolina was coming home with her boyfriend, Henrik, and Samuel, their two-year-old son.

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