"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."

- Augustine of Hippo


"And I think to myself, what a wonderful world."

- Louie Armstrong

"Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow."

- Anita Desai

"Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else."

- Lawrence Block

" Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer."

We have seen places our parents could only imagine in their wildest dreams!

As we travel, we plan to fill the pages with what we learn as we explore this beautiful world and meet its magnificent people. We hope all who stumble upon these pages will enjoy what they find here and will be inspired to get out of town!

Beans for Breakfast

I couldn’t let it go. It’s been bugging me for years and I had to find out. I realize that I am not technically traveling right now, but this post is related to traveling, so I am going to write it. Think of it as a public service. Since the first time we set foot…

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Dazzled, Bloated, and Crashed

  The Aquila Private Game Reserve has a nice dazzle of zebras. They also have a pride of lions, a herd of water buffaloes, a bloat of hippopotami, and a crash of rhinos, among other types of wildlife. I started down the rabbit hole of the genesis of assigning groups of animals their collective nouns,…

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The Lunar Landscape and Weird Welwitschia

The Welwitschia has been called many names and not all of them sound complimentary. Some call it “bizarre” and some call it a “living fossil.” Wait! Here’s a good one. I saw a book entitled, “Welwitschia: Paradox of a Parched Paradise.” Not sure “paradise” is the first word that comes to mind in the Namib…

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Oh, my. We were blown away by the poverty in Ghana earlier this week, but it turns out that Ghana was the warm-up act for Togo. I think many people came in from the tours yesterday afternoon shell-shocked. It has taken a little time to process what we saw. I am going to write about…

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Chocolate’s Dark Secret

  It has been estimated that a billion people eat chocolate each day, so a post about chocolate should be the sweetest story ever told, but this week we heard a lecture that made it all so very bittersweet. The journey from cacao bean to chocolate bar leaves a wide swath of destruction in its…

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The Island Nation of Cape Verde

  Quick show of hands: who has ever heard of Cape Verde? I don’t see any hands, so I will move ahead with enlightening one and all. In the grand scheme of nations, Cape Verde is a new kid in town, only having gone out on its own in the seventies. Before then, Portugal was…

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Tree Huggers

  The Canarians are crazy for their Pinus canariensis and the love is well deserved. I am quite sure I have never written a post about a tree but, as they say, there is a first time for everything. This is an amazing conifer with powers that are nothing short of miraculous. If you give…

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