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On Rhinos and Lions and Other Elusive Creatures

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Springboks and Lions in Etosha National Park, Namibia

There were times in Etosha National Park when it felt like we were driving through an episode of BBC’s Planet Earth. At other times, it was like, “Hello! Are there any animals out there?” It quickly became clear that we were not in a zoo, nor in a nature documentary. Humans are used to manipulating […]

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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: Berlin in the Sun

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A scenic section of the Spree River in Berlin

Weather is treated unfairly. If you like to talk about it, you run the risk of being labeled B-O-R-I-N-G. But I am always intrigued by weather and the noticeable way it shapes the psyche of a place. It’s hard to imagine the grunge era taking root in in Seattle without its dark damp winters or […]

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Capturing the Essence of Oaxaca with 5 Colors

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Bold and creative uses of color never fail to inspire me, and my wanderlust most strongly draws me to places with vivid landscapes and colorful traditions. So when I was nominated by Ashley of No Onions Extra Pickles (and renominated by Lauren of Ephemerratic) to participate in the Capture the Colour contest, I knew I […]

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Photo Essay: A Bohemian Village Garden in Berlin

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Comenius garden in the Rixdorf neighborhood of Neukolln, Berlin

When you’re caught up in the bustle of a modern city, it’s hard to imagine that it may have once been a collection of villages or a settlement; that before there were apartment complexes and buses, there were farmhouses and horse drawn carts. Cities swallow up places beyond their original reach and change so rapidly […]

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Photo Essay: Berlin’s Vibrant Turkish Market

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Dried Foods at the Turkish Market in Berlin

Have you ever felt like you were traveling within your travels? That’s how I felt when I set foot in Berlin’s largest Turkish market. I didn’t intend to stay long when I arrived, but the lively and charming Kreuzberg market ended up drawing me in for hours. As soon as I exited the subway station, […]

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Photo Essay: Discovering Berlin’s Green Urban Refuges

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Fountain at Volkspark Friedrichshain in Berlin

I love the kind of urban energy that you only find in cities, but I also love when cities offer ample opportunities to escape that. With its many sizable public green spaces, in Berlin you can always find a spot to take a break from city life within the city limits. When the weather permitted, […]

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Photo Essay: Heavy Rain and Heavy History in Berlin

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And then the rain came. After that first warm and lively summer evening back in Berlin, a cold storm blew in and it poured for three days. I had more time to spend in Berlin than the average come and go backpacker, but not enough time to justify holing up in my dorm room for […]

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