Zimbabwe on Hold

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Monday’s library program, Zim, Zam and the Smoke That Thunders, has been postponed until early 2018. Enjoy your Thanksgiving Week festivities! Meanwhile in southern Africa the country of Zimbabwe was put on hold while our friends there awaited the outcome of military activity (aka “coup-not-coup”) and the potential ouster of one-time hero-turned-President-turned-Autocrat: Robert Mugabe. The […]

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An American Life in South Africa: Presentation at the Library

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Back in the U.S.A., and hoping to share a few stories with you…in person! 3 great (and 1 silly) reasons to attend my presentation on South Africa at the Indiana Free Library next Thursday, July 12th! 1) You like to travel or dream of travel, and are curious what South Africa has to offer. 2) […]

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Go For the Flowers, Stay for the Ghost

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I had a lot of fun writing October’s column for the Expat Focus website, and I hope you have as much fun reading it: Go For the Flowers, Stay for the Ghost And, as always, a few extra photos just for you… Thanks for reading. The best compliment you can give is to share my […]

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Holy Happy-Sweat-Bees, Batman…Go a Fisa Thata!

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It is insanely hot here in the capital of South Africa. No, really. I’m pretty sure a lot of us are losing our minds under this sun! We really need some rain right now. Meanwhile my friends in America’s Carolinas and elsewhere are underwater with some kind of thousand year storm. Oy! This planet is […]

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Can You Identify this African Bird?

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I have to admit, this one had me stumped. Kurt and I were going through photos of our first trips to Kruger, in late winter/early Spring of 2013, and came across this photo I took of a pretty yellow-and-white bird in a bush. Having spent the last two years cramming birds of Southern Africa into […]

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The Way I Tour South Africa

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My latest column is now online at Expat Focus. This month I write about literature as it relates to the way I travel. Please click here to read this month’s column, then come back here for a few snapshots of places I’ve been, inspired by books I’ve read.

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Pelicans at Nata Bird Sanctuary in Botswana

I didn’t retouch the photograph above. Sunset skies at Nata Bird Sanctuary in Botswana really were the color of cotton candy. Just thought I’d share a little beauty today, with these pelicans in the salt pans. Happy Thursday, and thanks for stopping by! Love, MarLa

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Arat Kilo Monument in Addis Ababa

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Today’s photo is from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I’ve been writing about our too-short visit to that city, combined with a few small pieces I’ve written about colonialism during my African travels. It weaves colonization, religious fanaticism, and folklore. It is certainly too long already, though not altogether boring. But some days I write all day […]

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A Honey Badger for Your Weekend

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Just a couple quick photos from my recent travels in Botswana, coming across a honey badger in Moremi Game Reserve. He wasn’t having any of us, and as quick as we could snap some photos and video, he was gone.

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Elephant in Camp

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We knew that Botswana would be wild camping, and although we adjusted to elephants roaming our campsite

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