10 Years of Co-Dependence

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Happy 4th! I hope you all get to enjoy some beautiful fireworks, American microbrews, delicious grilled fare, and maybe even a s’more or two! I just love this time of year. Summer has always been my favorite season, which is lucky because in Uganda it’s practically summer all year round. It makes me happy to think about how this time of year everyone back home is also getting to wear flip flops on a daily basis.

Adding to the charm of July this year, D and I are celebrating our 10 year anniversary! (more…)

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Photo Journal: Sea Turtle Release for World Turtle Day

dsc_0464D and I are now settling back into life in Uganda, but I’m still looking back on how much fun our recent vacation was. I’m really missing our friends and family. And, unsurprisingly, I really miss that addictive, salty Hawaiian air. So I thought I would dive back into my pictures and share with you some more Oahu favorites.

Among the top of the list was a sea turtle release that we lucked into. (more…)

Photo Journal: Hiking Koko Head

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Aloha! D and I just spent a spectacular few days in Hawaii. Some highlights included a front and center seat to a sea turtle release, sport climbing over the ocean on Makapu’u cliff, snorkeling with the tropical fishies in Huanama Bay, and hanging out with a critically endangered monk seal that came ashore and parked himself right next to our beach towel! Oahu is such a gorgeous place with a very contagious feel-good vibe. Maybe it’s just me, but the colors just seem brighter there. We’re both coming away from the trip thinking we could totally live in Hawaii someday.

A long time ago my brother took me hiking up Oahu’s Koko Crater, and I’ve been dying since to come back with D to hike it with him.

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Easy Yoga Mat Bag Sewing Project

You may have heard that I’ve been spending a ton of time in the swamp as of late. I’ll share more on what the heck I’m doing waist deep in the papyrus wetlands of central Uganda, but before that I wanted share an easy DIY for a yoga bag that I think turned out smashing! The swamp work is really mentally and physically intense, and I’m finding that once I’m back in Kampala, I’m in urgent need of decompressing. That usually involves a hot shower + mud mask and some random project to occupy my hands and brain. One such projectthis yoga bag that I am now thoroughly in love with.

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Photo Journal: Hiking Mount Sabyinyo, Vertically Rad

D and I have been on the road so much as of late. I’ve been thigh deep in papyrus wetlands in central Uganda, and D has been traipsing all over the African continent. In between it all, we’re trying to be resourceful and sneak in some adventures with our friends and each other along the way.

I intercepted D at the tail end of one of his trips to spend a few days relaxing at Birdnest @ Bunyoni Resort on Lake Bunyoni, a gorgeous (schisto-free!) finger lake near the western Uganda border. We had a blast at the lake, saw otters, went swimming, and enjoyed cocktails and crayfish soup. Before too long, though, D and I generally start itching for adventure, so we readily agreed to devote one of our vacay-days to hiking Mount Sabyinyo with our friend Phil.  (more…)