what’s to eat

A seaside lunch on Nungwi Beach in Zanzibar: Calamari and cabbage, Chicken curry with rice, naan, and roasted veggies.

on getting out of the way

Headed into the field last month to check out a few work activities, including the construction of a borehole in a rural village in Somaliland, complete with pump, piping system, and troughs and faucets for livestock and people. The borehole and its components are doing hard work during these dry months, following nearly a year…

on winter in the Horn

‘Tis the season here in Somaliland: winter winds, chilly temperatures, and thick layers of morning fog all around. It’s enough to keep you in bed much later than you intended. Truth be told, I’ve been waiting for this moment; last winter surprised and delighted me, cold weather devotee that I am. I hadn’t imagined I…

on a potluck

I left my first job in Somaliland last week, to join a different organization just down the road. Serendipitously, my last day at the old gig coincided with the US Thanksgiving holiday, so all my gratitude was thrown into one bucket. To celebrate, our office hosted a lunch potluck. Some were concerned that things wouldn’t…

on a hunt

somehow, some way, we managed our first official Office Scavenger Hunt. i like to think it was Hargeisa’s first as well. the players arrived early, donned their gear, assembled in teams …

on hot air

just before dawn, we made our way into the Dubai desert to watch the sun rise and, along with it, an enormous and colorful hot air balloon. we arrived, along with a smattering of fellow flyers, to watch the magic happen. eventually we were fired up, thanks to hard work and well wishes, and we…