In January 2017 my partner and I sat at the bar in an upscale restaurant in Blantyre, Malawi. The muted TV on the side wall displayed images of Inauguration Day from Washington, D.C., and a couple boisterous men two seats down from us celebrated, dramatically and repeatedly clinking together their gin-and-tonics. The thought amongst many … More Cheers to Inauguration Day: From Blantyre to Washington, D.C.
The vibration of the clippers against my head during last night’s pandemic haircut performed with the dancehall playlist pumping into my room transported me, if only in memory, to past international barbershop experiences. The barbershop, for many, presents an opportunity to connect, no matter if you are in Kampala or Oakland. If visitors can overcome … More The International Haircut
We stumbled off our private bungalow’s wooden patio onto the sand being cooled by the evening Indian Ocean breeze. The young couple who owned the small beach hotel on the northern coast of Mozambique just 30 minutes’ drive from Pemba town had casually informed us on the beach that afternoon that dinner would be served … More In Mozambique, On the Eve of Something New
I will never be exactly here again. Have you ever thought: “I will never forget this”? A lesson learned. An experience at work. A funny joke. A feeling. The name of the dish in a region you visited. And then you can’t recall it. This time is different though. It will never escape me. For … More Porch Time
The timeliness of watching Meet Joe Black early in the Easter week experienced here in Chogoria became apparent only late Sunday evening. Joe Black, played by a young frosty-tipped Brad Pitt, is perhaps the most attractive physical embodiment of Death ever created. He comes to get a taste of life the best way possible: alongside … More Meeting Joe Black
“You should try the cheese and chocolate,” she said. “Cheese and chocolate?!” A confused facial expression accompanied my response. The local Stone Town woman smiled warmly under her ornate hijab and instilled confidence in this Zanzibar pizza chef – she was a regular. I couldn’t decide between the savory tomato, meat, and cheese or the … More A World of Difference