Raw coffee beans

Roasting Coffee Beans in Tanzania – And How You Can Do it Too!

Did you know you can roast your own coffee right at home? I had never even thought of this. The Backstory: Why was I roasting coffee beans? When I first arrived in Tanzania the coffee options were limited. And when I say limited, there was only one option: Africafe Instant Coffee. For a coffee drinker […]

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20 Things I Learned Living in Tanzania

I learned many things during my time living in Tanzania. Some were major life lessons about cultural differences and philosophical issues. But these aren’t them. Here I give you 20 little tidbits and quirks I learned through day to day life in this interesting part of the world. 1. The best way to avoid uninvited […]

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Tanzania Rice Fields

A Diamond Abroad Leaves Tanzania

My plan for 2014 has changed. When I arrived in January, I was to stay in Tanzania for a whole year. Midway through I made the decision to reduce my contract to six months. Why? No big story. Nothing monumental.  I simply decided a year was a little too long, and for me, six months […]

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Ten Lessons Learned on a Weekend in Nairobi

I’m not a big planner when it comes to travel. I tend to have a couple things in mind, but for the most part, I wing it. Usually this works out. Every now and again it doesn’t. The later was true when I spent a weekend in Nairobi. For some reason on this particular trip, […]

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Welcome to Kenya

First Impressions of Kenya

When I was a kid in the late 80’s I went to see the movie “Coming to America”. Maybe I was too young for this R-rated movie, but I thought it was hilarious.  Eddie Murphy played the Prince of Zamunda who, against his parents’ wishes of an arranged marriage, concocts a plan to find an […]

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Ngorongoro Crater Safari

On Safari at Ngorongoro Crater

Our trip to Ngorongoro Crater was my first African safari experience. Due to the uniqueness of the crater and fantastic views seen in photos – this place was number 1 on my safari wish list. And it didn’t disappoint. First, a few facts Ngorongoro Crater is one of the seven natural wonders of Africa and […]

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Puppy

The Luckiest Dogs in Tanzania

As an American, I come from a land of pet lovers. And I’m one of them. In 2012, it was reported that 62% of American households had at least one pet (source: APPA). Between 37-46% have a dog, and according to a Gallup poll, 68% of pet owners have given toys or presents to their […]

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My House in Tanzania

My House in Tanzania

What does my living situation look like here in Tanzania? Well, I could tell you I’m living in a hut with no electricity, no water, and have to go outside to use the bathroom. And while that’s real life for many people here, I’m living 3rd world life easier than most. I live in a […]

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