Category Archives: Around Africa

Safari in Tanzania, part 2

It’s a long drive to the center of the Serengeti. We arrived at our lodgings around sunset. The place appeared on my itinerary as “Kati Kati tented camp” but it was certainly the most elegant camp I have stayed in. … Continue reading

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Safari in Tanzania, part 1

I went on safari in Tanzania over spring break. It was a solo trip because Alekka had to stay home and study (IB is a bear, if I haven’t already mentioned it). I booked a custom safari through a tour … Continue reading

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Camo chameleon, Madagascar part 3

There are about 150 species of chameleons in the world, and half of them live in Madagascar. But they are hard to see. They do that color-changing thing, and they blend in with the scenery. The camouflage trick is very … Continue reading

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Nosy Be and beyond, Madagascar part 2

In Madagascar, even the islands have islands. It’s very meta. I love islands. This is my kind of place. A small motorboat took me on the 40 minute journey from Ankify to the island of Nosy Be (it means the … Continue reading

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Malagasy mega-slideshow, Madagascar part 1

I am trying to see as much of sub-Saharan Africa as I can during my last year in Ethiopia, so with that in mind I decided a couple of months ago to spend the week-long October break in Madagascar. Andreas’s … Continue reading

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Penguins?

I didn’t know much about what there was to see in Africa before moving here. In fact I didn’t know much about Africa at all (if that sounds like you, too, take a look at this video. You might be … Continue reading

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Gotta go to Ghana

My family’s been on the move lately. Last week Andreas took eight Model UN team members to a conference in Doha, Qatar. While he was away, Alekka traveled with eleven of her classmates to the Global Issues Student Summit in … Continue reading

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The tagine queen and her new machine

I came home from our October trip to Morocco with a suitcase full of nuts, preserved lemons, dried fruit, and five kinds of olives. Since then I’ve been working on my Moroccan cooking skills. I make a mean tagine, if … Continue reading

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WWW

A week of service learning outside the traditional classroom is an important component of the academic program at many international schools. In September, ICS students in grades 10 and 12 had their Week Without Walls: grade 10 worked with a … Continue reading

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Essaouira

After three nights in Marrakech, it was time to move on to our next destination, the coastal town of Essaouira. Riding on a public bus is an interesting experience no matter where you are, and Morocco was no exception. The … Continue reading

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