Trip Prep, My Way

Lily and I head out to Yangon tomorrow! I’m taking a break from packing and thought I’d do a post on my trip prep process. Step 1: decide where to go and book tickets. This is obviously a very important step. My best tip for trip planning, especially when traveling somewhere outside of, say, Western […]

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Aka – Indigenous tribe of Congo

I joined a local group here in Brazzaville called Brazza Accueil, which arranges activities for expats and has an excellent email alert system for upcoming events and things like restaurant specials. Last week, the group was invited to the Russian Cultural Center for a special presentation by the Aka tribe, which is an indigenous tribe […]

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Exploring Brazzaville, continued

We have experienced some fantastic lightning storms in the past week or so. Still not a ton of rain–nothing like the fall rainy season–but some very impressive lightning. It seems as though a giant storm either hits us or nearly misses us every day. The near misses are nice: the temperature falls, the breezes pick […]

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D&D

One of my favorite restaurants in Brazzaville in D&D, run by incredibly friendly Belgians, located in centre ville. I think it’s relatively new–it’s been open as long as we’ve been here, but maybe not much more than a year. It’s very chic, with trendy decor. The food is mostly small plates, with a rotating menu […]

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Exploring Brazzaville

The month of March has flown by very quickly for me. I’ve spent what seems like an inordinate amount of time planning upcoming travel, booking flights, and searching for Airbnbs. Lily and I are going to Myanmar in April, Ben is going to Rwanda in April, all three of us are are going to Pointe […]

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Cape Town

Lily’s school follows the French educational schedule, which means she has 7 weeks of classes, followed by a two week break, and over and over again from September until the end of June. It’s nice in many ways: it gives Lily a bit of a break (learning a second language all day can be tough […]

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Judith’s Art Studio

I joined a group of expats here in Brazzaville, and they organized a trip for the group to see an art studio run by the artist Judith, as well as a visit of a river-side picnic site called Cataractes. Judith’s art studio is located near the Djoue bridge, which goes over the Djoue river, which […]

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