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On a Beach in Zanzibar

Three weeks ago, I was on a beach in Zanzibar. It was nice. Sunset on a beach in Zanzibar.  My friend Michelle and I stayed on the northern end of the island, near a village called Nungwi, at a hotel called Sazani Beach Lodge. Our room at Sazani Beach Lodge. My amazing four-poster bed at Sazani. Every hotel bed in Zanzibar looks something like this — Zanzibari woodwork is magnificent. Our stay at Sazani Beach Lodge was interesting. The hotel’s website says “Feel like a castaway at our 10-room beach lodge…” We really did feel like castaways because we were the only two […]

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An Amazing Story

I know this title is bland. But it’s the only way I can think of to characterize the story that I’m about to tell. March 2007 I travel to Africa for the first time. I meet Jon. Jon takes a photo of me in a Tanzanian orphanage, with a baby named Praygod. Praygod and me at the Nkoaranga Orphanage in March 2007. (Photo: Jon Hrusa)

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How Did I Get Here?

Five years ago today, I came to Africa for the first time. Over the last few days I’ve been thinking a lot about this impending anniversary, pondering what to say about it on my blog. I have many thoughts on the subject, but one thought keeps recurring: I can’t believe this all started just five years ago. That day — March 6, 2007 — feels like five lifetimes ago. I considered trying to recount what happened that day, and summarizing how it brought me to where I am now. But that would be the longest blog post ever written. Instead, I’m […]

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