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Photo Essay: The Wildlife and Landscapes of Etosha National Park in Namibia

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Zebras at Etosha National Park in Namibia

Etosha National Park is 22,000 square kilometers of wildlife wonderland in northwestern Namibia. Over the course of three days, we made our way from the eastern side of the park to the western side, driving along a huge salt flat and spotting animals everywhere: As soon as we entered the park, we saw zebras having […]

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

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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

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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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Into the Great Wide Open Spaces of Namibia: An Introduction

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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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Wanderful Words No. 28: The Grandeur of Traveling Slowly

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Nose pressed against the window, you watch the world go by. Maybe you’re in a train or a bus or a boat. On one side of you, you might have a seatmate who wedges a strange sack of goods where your leg room should be. Or a heavy sleeper whose wobbly head insists on using […]

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Retracing History at the Remnants of the Berlin Wall

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East Side Gallery

Sometimes you go to the Berlin Wall to see it; sometimes it appears unexpectedly as isolated graffiti covered concrete panels in the middle of a plaza or lawn. Sometimes you sense where it used to be as you go from boxy Soviet era buildings to architecture that’s more similar to German cities further west. Each […]

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Photo Essay: Peace and Beauty Atop Petrin Hill in Prague

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On my last afternoon in Prague, I walked up Petrin Hill to look out over the red roofs and gold-topped spires of the city aglow in the light of waning sun. As I made my way to the top, I found the views I was searching for and so much more: It’s amazing how easily […]

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Follow Your Own Travel Bliss

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A couple weeks ago, a Facebook friend posed a question about whether she should do a multiple day hike to get to Machu Picchu or take the train to save time. Before I expanded the list of comments, I already knew what to expect based on my own experience with making that decision. My thoughts […]

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