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

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Berlin

The (in)famous kiss, a mural on the remnants of the Berlin Wall

The (in)famous kiss, a mural on the remnants of the Berlin Wall

We had planned to visit Israel and Jordan next, but looked on worriedly as the region became more violent.  Once talk of a ground war in Gaza began, we reluctantly flew back to Germany two weeks earlier than we’d planned.  It wasn’t all bad news, though.  We were in Berlin, one of my favorite cities. Continue reading

Let’s Go Underground

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Cappadocia

It was Thanksgiving.  But just being in Turkey wasn’t good enough for Mandy–she wanted to eat turkey.  The best we could find for Thanksgiving dinner was a few slices of turkey plus a baked potato at our hotel.   Continue reading