Monthly Archives: April 2016

I’m a Traveling Introvert¬†

After an eight hour bus ride on the Greyhound-like TransLux, I’m at my hostel in Johannesburg. It has a courtyard and pool, bamboo-lined pathways and two dogs. I sprung the extra $6 for a private room but I’m hanging out in the lounge where a man is watching a TV show subtitled in English and […]

As the Kids Grow Up: Orphan Baboons Find a Forever Family

I’m back at the baboon rehab center in South Africa. When I was here a few years ago, the babies were Mica, Oscar and Pippin. They’ve since grown into big kids happily playing and foraging with their baboon families in big “semi-wild” enclosures. The enclosures are on plots of regular African land with an electric […]

Pre-trip is like Friday Afternoon Before Shabbat. Now I’m Africa Bound.

I’m sitting in seat 45H on my way to south and east Africa for two months. My eyes are puffy from too much crying and a puppy has kept me awake the past four nights so I’m not a pretty sight, but I’m cocooned in with a good book and dried mango. All week has […]