What comes to mind when you think of life in Africa? Be honest. Is it extreme poverty, starving children and squalor a la Save the Children? How about political corruption, religious war and tribal conflict? Or maybe African life evokes images of wild, exotic animals roaming free? Whatever it is, it can’t be modern or […]
Travel stories and tips for Africa.
I can’t believe it’s already been 5 months and I still haven’t really written anything about Ghana. Forgive me? Hopefully this will make it up to you… I’ll be spending the next few weeks covering my time in Accra in a series called THIS is Africa: Life in Accra, Ghana. In this week’s post, I talk about the […]
It’s pretty hard for me to out right hate a place. As Clifton Fadiman stated, “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” So while I may not like the food, or the public transportation or the critters running around, […]
At the beginning of the year, I donated my DNA samples to the National Geographic Genographic Project to learn more about my ancestry and the results are in… According to my National Geographic report, civilization’s story begins in Africa sometime between 150,000 and 170,000 years ago, with a woman whom anthropologists have nicknamed “Mitochondrial Eve.” My […]
Several years ago, when I started at my current company, I sat next to an executive at an after work event. She was giddy with excitement and couldn’t wait to share the news of why she married her husband. IBM and National Geographic had joined forces to launch the Genographic Project, a 5 year study […]