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Maldives – the Best Snorkelling

Maldives – the Best Snorkelling

We form opinions and impressions places that we have never visited. In most ways, The Maldives were not as expected. The Maldives, a tropical paradise of pristine beaches, are an archipelago of 1,192 coral islands grouped into 26 coral atolls (200 inhabited islands,...
The Seychelles – Unmet expectations

The Seychelles – Unmet expectations

Our expectations for the Seychelles were only partly met. The Seychelles are a large chain of granite islands over 100s of square miles of the Indian Ocean. They have beautiful sandy beaches, mountainous areas, clear waters and coral reefs. They have a high per capita...
Craftsmen in Kenya

Craftsmen in Kenya

Intermission (!) Yes, I stopped blogging about midway through our trip due to two primary reasons, there were many other things to do on the trip, and I was starting to get a lot of video, which is impractical to post over ship’s satellite based Internet...
Mombasa – The beehive isn’t finished

Mombasa – The beehive isn’t finished

The photo is an artisan, one of 300 (If I remember correctly) in an Artisan cooperative in Mombasa. He’s polishing his elephant, which he carved from a chunk of wood; the next step will be staining it. Once finished, it will be placed in the Artisan Cooperative...
Zanzibar – A Most Enjoyable Day

Zanzibar – A Most Enjoyable Day

Zanzibar has sun, beaches, crystal clear seas, islands, coral, rich and diverse vegetation, spices, giant tortoises, important history and landmarks in Stone Town, and the congeniality of Tanzanians. The Zanzibar island chain probably has something for everybody. Our...
Tanzanians are happy

Tanzanians are happy

Tanzanians are happy.  It starts in grade school. Children, in smart school uniforms, wave as tourists go by, they have big smiles on their faces. They just seem to be a happy country.  They keep waiving at tourists as they go through teenage years to young adults....
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