Snorkeling Kicker Rock

I was fortunate enough to travel to the Galápagos Islands in 2015, after taking students to Ecuador with the Global Glimpse program, which provides travel and leadership opportunities for high school students. Today as I was watching a travel video of a cute couple living on a boat down in the Bahamas, I started to…

Traveling in the Age of COVID

This blog post has been fermenting for about two months on my laptop. I will be honest, I’m salty about my inability to travel during 2020, but I recognize there are greater issues that my privileged whining about travel. But as I recently had the opportunity to talk about my travels and this blog in…

Outdoor Showers and Chatty Lions

I took one of the best showers of my life at Nata Lodge. We are talking top five for sure, like that shower you take after running your first half marathon or after Slope Day at Cornell in the pouring rain. Nata Lodge, coincidently located in Nata, Botswana, has adorable and spacious lodges with HUGE…

Cats on Cats on Cats in Moremi-Khwai

Loving all our game drives in the Moremi-Khwai region.   Started with a late afternoon game drive just outside Moremi Game Reserve in the Khwai community area (Khwai concession). The Game Reserve includes no fences, so the animals move freely between the community area and the Reserve. Ninja flipped the windshield down, so you know…

Captain Amber rules the Botswanan Sky

We opted for a scenic tour in Maun, Botswana which was hosted by Mack Air (Maun is the third largest city in Botswana and is the tourist capital). After clearing security, we were escorted to our plane, and greeted by our pilot, Amber. As you can imagine, we were thrilled to have a woman pilot!…

Mokoro rides around the Okavango Delta

Early start to the day listening to the birds, monkeys and other animals.  After breakfast headed out to explore the Okavango Delta via mokoro, traditional dugout canoes used for fishing in the delta. Riding around in the mokoro is very similar to punting, which was my favorite activity in Oxford. In the delta, these canoes…

Checking out the Caprivi Strip

We stayed for two glorious nights at Camp Kwando in the Caprivi Strip, which is located in northeastern Namibia. The first afternoon, we just relaxed around camp and hung out by the pool listening to all the birds. Camp Kwando is gorgeous, the main building consisting of open air reception, bar, restaurant and lounge with…

Five Stars for Victoria Falls

We are driving today, a lot of driving, which is to be expected. We crossed the border not once but twice. First out of Zimbabwe into Botswana and then out of Botswana into Namibia. Soon after leaving Victoria Falls, we saw elephants, small group of giraffe, warthogs and the ever elusive African wild dog just…

Going to visit with Simba and friends

Since my airfare’s booked and my wire transfer to Botswana went through, I’m excited to share I will yet again returning this Africa this summer. Amanda and I are embarking on a 12 day safari through Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Namibia. If you read my blog, you might remember Amanda from previous posts, as she…

Hanging out at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Birds are, well, everywhere. Aside from some deep sea ecosystems, birds inhabit every corner of our planet. There are roughly 9,000 to 10,000 species of birds on our planet. Birds have been an important part of our society, acting as emblems of freedom (bald eagle) to literary cornerstones (raven). Many times, birds are environmental indicators…

Love is Love.

In celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, New York City hosted the largest Pride celebration in the world this summer. I was super excited to hear Pose cast members Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, and MJ Rodriguez were included on the list of grand marshals for the Pride March (if you haven’t see…

Off to the Motherlands

I left last Sunday out of JFK when I should have been elsewhere. Gorgeous weekend weather, I had sold my ticket to Dead & Co featuring John Mayer, which conflicted with my travel plans. Not to feel left out, my friends FaceTime’d me from CitiField so I could hear and see a bit of the…