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20 Things in 2016

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The year is 2017. Which means, time for another 20 Things roundup (2015, 2014, 2013)! So here we are, 20 things that happened in 2016. Spent several days in New Orleans with my sister, eating delicious food, taking solo trips to parks and ran into several improv goons along the way. Made an appearance at Jazz Fest and saw Elvis Costello and Flo Rida which was the hilarious cherry on top. Took a life-changing backpacking trip to Africa and spent…

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When Hyenas Attack

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So far, our African adventures have been pretty mild, so we’re about to kick it up a notch. Who doesn’t love a few near-death experience stories? For three days, Kgosi/Corey and I we’re taking a 4×4 truck (rented by the company him and some Peace Corps buddies met “on set” with National Geographic Wild, which makes perfect sense…) across Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park ending at the border of Botswana. The truck came packed with essentially everything you…

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Mammals, Reptiles & Birds, Oh My!

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In the two weeks I spent in Africa, I saw thousands of animals and attempted to keep track of all the various species. Unsurprisingly, most animals we saw were antelope but the most species of animal we saw were birds. And, I’ve got to say, I am not a bird fan. Or, I should say, was not a bird fan. This trip completely changed my mindset on birds. Once scary flying dinosaur relatives that poop on you on purpose were now beautiful…

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Breaking All The Rules

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After our mokoro trip through the Delta, it was time to hit the road to D’Kar, a san village about 3 hours away from Maun. The original game plan was going to be to take the bus. However, this isn’t a Megabus from Chicago to Madison, these are generally 15-30 seat vans packed to the brim with people who have an affinity for closing the windows instead of opening them. So while I was hesitant to try hitch-hiking for the…

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Run for Your Lives

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As I alluded to briefly before, the first three days of our African journey were going to be spent on a mokoro (traditional canoe) trip through the Okavango Delta. We spent my first night in Maun, Botswana at The Old Bridge Backpackers (ate and drank to our heart’s content), then kicked the morning off with a magical outdoor shower (the first of many) and met up with our bush guide. The best and most hilarious part about Africa is that…

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