How to Survive a Jaguar Encounter in Tortuguero

Pura Vida in Costa Rica with Heather, and Pants aka J Rock aka Jackie aka JjjaaaCQueLINUH (said in a very French, high pitched, haughty, pearl clutching kind of way). What do I do if I encounter a Jaguar? What is that demonic screaming snarling sound?  No but like actually…what makes that sound?  What do IContinue reading “How to Survive a Jaguar Encounter in Tortuguero”

Quick Guide to Zanzibar

Stone Town and Paje Stone Town: First Impression: Feels like walking back in time, Where I stayed: Coco De Mer; apart from it’s excellent location and kind staff, it did not have any other redeeming qualities. The bathroom was full of mold to which I am very allergic (but once I entered the damage was done),Continue reading “Quick Guide to Zanzibar”

Quick Guide to Paris, France

Paris, France (excluding major tourist attractions) First Impression: It is hard to have a first impression of such a famous city that isn’t skewed by expectation and prior knowledge.  I had a nasty head cold and wasn’t able to check in to my hotel until 4pm-I’d arrived at 7am; it was cold and rainy soContinue reading “Quick Guide to Paris, France”

Quick Guide Entebbe

First Impression: So much more peaceful than Kampala and in our state of mind we were happy to get out of the city and spend a few days lakeside relaxing. Where I stayed:  The first day we splurged for Christmas Day on a resort.  Imperial Resort Beach Hotel.  While the room and location next toContinue reading “Quick Guide Entebbe”

Quick Guide Mahe, Seychelles

First Impression: Stunning mountain landscape and seaside paradise. No one spoke French with me but all the road signs are in French….found this odd. Where I stayed: L’Echo des Vagues, across the street from a beautiful little beach and about a 10-minute walk to town where there are restaurants, a larger beach, food stalls, and touristContinue reading “Quick Guide Mahe, Seychelles”

Quick Guide Diani Beach

Diani Beach, Kenya. + (1 night in Mombasa) First Impression: The traffic from Mombasa to Diani Beach was horrendous mostly due to the ferry crossing. Mombasa City appears quite run down when driving through but Diani Beach is obviously cleaned up for the tourists. Diani Beach is littered with fancy resorts and it’s a bitContinue reading “Quick Guide Diani Beach”

Quick Guide Lilongwe and Nkhata Bay, Malawi

Lilongwe and Nkhata Bay, Malawi First Impression: We arrived by bus from Lusaka, Zambia so after the chaos of bussing through Zambia, Lilongwe felt so orderly and friendly. The city felt safe during the day, we were too exhausted from Zambia to venture out after dark, preferring to drink beer at the hostel and sleepContinue reading “Quick Guide Lilongwe and Nkhata Bay, Malawi”

Quick Guide Kigali, Rwanda

Kigali, Rwanda  First Impression: The hills, the air, the cleanliness!  Kigali is unlike any other East African city I’d been to.  People were so polite and respectful, all cordial smiles rather than the usual “Hey, Muzungu!” Where I stayed:  We stayed at 2000 Hotel for the first two nights before heading to the DRC.  IContinue reading “Quick Guide Kigali, Rwanda”