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Snapshot: Sunset on Lake Nasser

Just after sunset on Lake Nasser (formed by the dammed Nile) from the Aswan to Wadi Halfa Ferry between Egypt and Sudan. A surreal experience. Shot with a Canon 50D using a Tamron 18-270 at 18mm.

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Snapshot: White Desert in Egypt

21 September 2011Camping in the White Desert, a part of the Sahara in Egypt where the sand-infused wind has craved amazing sculptures from the exposed limestone that was deposited by an ancient sea. [Shot in May, 2011 using a Canon 50D with Tamron 18-270 at 46 mm, f/8 and ISO-100]

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Snapshot: Healthy Antioxidant Cooking

26 October 2011Now that I’m spending some time in Nairobi, I’m enjoying the pleasures of cooking again. This is a stir-fry I made using eggplant, broccoli and beetroot, which gives it the strong, red color. There’s lots of anti-oxidants in there so I try to keep the frying time to a minimum. Along with that,…

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Snapshot: Nairobi Dinner on Patio

02 November 2011Dinner in Nairobi with Randy, Danielle and I listening to stories from Brian, who’s a freelance journalist and was in Misrata, Libya in May, reporting for an Egyptian paper. He just came back from Somalia, following the Kenyan Army’s incursion. I prepared an aubergine (eggplant, brinjal) curry using my special smoked curry powder…

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Nairobi Snapshots: South Indian Food Festival

7 November 2011 Spent the afternoon with my Telegu connection here; they’re from the next village over from my Mom’s outside Madras. We went to the annual Nairobi South Indian Food Festival and had Chicken 65 and Masala Vadas, delicious! Then lunch at an Andhra Muslim family’s house of Paneer Samosas and Mutton Briyani. I’m…

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Snapshot: Flamingos on Lake Naivasha

25 December 2011Had an excellent Christmas camping trip to Lake Naivasha with four other friends from Nairobi. Lots of gourmet camping food on the grill with two chickens being slaughtered, one done Tandoori style and the other like a Jamaican jerk. Desert was Oreo smores and chocolate banana bread 😉 Went on a nice, long…

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Snapshot: Baobab, Tree of Life

3 January 2012A baobab tree over-looking a field of maize near the Kenyan coast. It’s called the Tree of Life in Africa for the many uses to humans that it has provided through the ages: the baobab fruit is highly nutritious, loaded with Vitamin C, Calcium and anti-oxidants; the huge tree trunk stores lots of…

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Snapshot: Kenyan Women Farmers

12 January 2012A portrait of three women farmers in Kakinduni Village, near Machakos town in Eastern Kenya. They’re all wives who have married into this family run by a matriarch. Their husbands have migrated to urban areas leaving the business of the farm to the ladies. They are strong women, building terraces on these hills…

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Snapshot: A Typical Kenyan Meal

17 January 2012Typical Kenyan food served at the research guest house that I’m staying at. It’s a hardened porridge of maize meal (ugali) topped with goat stew, a salad of tomatoes, onions and cilantro and sauteed aubergines (eggplant). The cook asked if I like it spicy. Yes, please. So, he’s been adding in green chilies…

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Snapshot: Luxor, Valley of the Kings

1 June 2011Just after sunset, looking west over the Nile in Luxor, Egypt at the Valley of the Kings – the site of Tutankhamun’s tomb, along with lots of other Pharaohs. Ancient man associated death with sunset and buried his people on the west side of the river. These days, sunsets evoke positive emotions. Appreciation…

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Snapshot: Makindu Sikh Gurdwara

29 January 2012I had a wonderful Sunday brunch at the Makindu Sikh Gurdwara in Lower Eastern Kenya. A gurdwara is the holy place of Sikhs and their founder insisted upon his death that the Langar (free kitchen) should always be open. And as it is so at any gurdwara around the world, there is free…

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Snapshot: Wild Kenyan Honey

2 February 2012Looking down a hollow tree trunk. They’re used as beehives by the farmers of Eastern Kenya and that inset on the right is a nugget of fresh, unprocessed honey. It tastes sublime… pure and rich. The hollow logs are hung from baobab trees and the honey they produce provide supplemental income for the…

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Snapshot: Clutch Work

18 February 2012A view of sanDRina’s internals. She might be dirty on the outside, but she’s clean where it counts 😉 I replaced all the clutch fibre discs as she was starting to slip in high gear under load. And with all the weight I’m carrying, I consider fibre discs a consumable, just like brake…

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Snapshot: Africa Yoga Project

17 March 2012Saturday was an excellent day in Nairobi. I started it off by attending a yoga class put on by the Africa Yoga Project, who use yoga to empower communities. The classes are free and everyone’s encouraged to attend. The atmosphere was fantastic for a session of Power Yoga. The dance studio we were…

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Snapshot: Fishermen in Watamu

8 April 2012Fishermen coming back to the shores of Watamu just after sunrise. I had an excellent weekend down on the Kenyan coast with some good friends from Nairobi. We went snorkeling and I finally got the hang of it! I wasn’t scared for the first time to be swimming in the deep ocean and…

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Snapshot: sanDRina Rebuilt in Nairobi

6 August 2012Getting ready to hit the road again and big thanks to Milan Shah for helping me out with sanDRina’s rebuild. We’ve been working on her for the past three weeks and she feels like a new bike now! Lots of major and minor things were done, such as: fitting new spark plug thread…

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Snapshot: Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi

10 August 2012Feeding time at the Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi. This was a fun moment at the orphanage with another baby trying to get some milk from this guy’s mouth. They feed them a formula based on human milk, instead of cow’s milk, cause it’s too fatty for elephants to breakdown. These elephants are taken…

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Update: Time to get back to sanDRina

13 November 2012Visas, check. New electrical parts for sanDRina, check. Time to leave Nairobi! South African visa came through with no problems and Tanzanian visa took all of four hours. New stator has been installed in my engine case; new CDI, wiring harness and rectifier on hand and got some decent engine oil. Bought a…

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Snapshot: Lake Tanganyika

19 November 2012First day back in the saddle after 10 weeks and rode 250 trouble-free kms to Kigoma, on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. The rainy season is getting started here but it was dry for the past few days and the hard-packed mud road made for some good-riding. Felt fantastic to be standing on…

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Snapshot: Healthy sanDRina and a happy Jay

28 November 2012Happy again to be with a healthy sanDRina 🙂 Found the fault in a clogged fuel filter and she’s back to her old self. Here we are taking a break in southwestern Tanzania, in the remote forests along Lake Tanganyika. The route was mostly good riding with hard-packed mud, but it got sandy,…

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Snapshot: Mango Season in Tanzania

1 December 2012It’s mango season in Tanzania and these crazy kids were at first shy of the camera but after some encouragement, their playfulness came out 🙂 The mangoes only cost 100 Shillings each ($0.06) and I’ve been gorging myself on them, along with lots of papaya, plums and passion fruit.

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Snapshot: Twisties of Tanzania’s Southern Highlands

3 February 2012Beautiful day for riding the wonderful twisties of Tanzania’s Southern Highlands. After a chilly night in Njombe, a small town surrounded by tea estates at 2,000 m (6,560 ft), I dropped down to the end of the highlands in Songea. The endless hills and curves provided for excellent riding; it felt good to…

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Snapshot: Life on the Road, Stone Stove in Namibia

13 October 2013Ahh, Life on the Road… the simple pleasures of cooking dinner on a stone stove fed by glowing charcoal.This was back in January when I was camping for days on end on my month-long ride across Namibia. I got to Brandberg Mountain, sticking out of the Namib Desert, and setup camp for the…

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The Ethics of Using Cycle Rickshaws in India

19 October 2013 Do you have qualms about paying another human to transport you around town? What about if he had only one good leg?! I like using cycle rickshaws in Delhi. That was after I got over the “how inhumane is that in today’s world?” and realized that instead of using other noisy, polluting…

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Snapshot: Dhabas in the High Himalayas

21 November 2013The sun dips in the high Himalayas and with it goes any sense of warmth, except for these dhabas that spring up along the fabled Manali-Leh Highway catering to those with a calling to ride in the sky and feel small in grand nature.The Ibex dhaba here at Sarchu, up high at 4,330m…

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