September 2012

Photo Essay: The Wildlife Experience at Namibia’s Okonjima Nature Reserve

September 25, 2012 captured on memory card
The Okonjima Nature Reserve in Namibia

The animals and scenery of the Okonjima Nature Reserve: A Kori Bustard, the heaviest bird that is capable of flying. A family of baboons wandering off into the bush. We’d spotted several types of antelopes, birds, and these baboons before we even arrived at reception. At the beginning of our cheetah tracking, we saw these […]

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Tracking a Rescued Cheetah at the Okonjima Nature Reserve in Namibia

September 22, 2012 Namibia
A rescued cheetah in Namibia

My eyelids are heavy from over 30 hours of nonstop plane travel, layovers, and driving as we approach our first stop in Namibia. But no amount of jetlag can keep my eyes closed, this is not something to miss. This is my first wildlife experience in Namibia. Different types of antelopes take a break from […]

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Photo Essay: My 30th Birthday Trip to Chicago

September 17, 2012 captured on memory card
The Cloud Gate and skyscrapers in Chicago

Turning 30 feels like an event that should be celebrated in special way, with the joy of familiarity and the allure of something new. Chicago, a city I’d previously visited very briefly six years ago, offered both of those things. I could spend time with my sister who had moved there earlier this year while […]

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Into the Great Wide Open Spaces of Namibia: An Introduction

September 3, 2012 d.i.y. travel
Namibia - Approaching Windhoek

One day your mother calls you to say that she’s been accepted into the Peace Corps. And she’s being placed in Namibia. As soon as she tells you, she correctly guesses that you’re already planning your visit. You share the news with your friends. Many of them are puzzled. “Um, where’s Namibia?” they ask. You […]

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