Monday, June 28, 2010

The New Acropol:

In Morogoro, we stayed in a decaying colonial hotel called e the New Acropol. Pitch dark when we arrived crashing around in the dining room and we could find no one in the bar full of papier-mache trophy heads with an autographed photo of U2 under the Tanqueray and a kudu, but we could hear laughing and pots banging. Everyone was in the kitchen trying to fix the oven. Which set the tone.

The hotel's run by a Canadian woman who had come out to Tanzania 25 years ago to fix the railroads. Which she did. Tuesday night we sat with her on the veranda (which was draped with yellow argiopes the size of thumbs and you could hear them clicking when they caught moths and baby birds) with all her little dogs piled up around her in mosquito coil smoke, candle light, and her cell phone that kept ringing and she's say, "Well, he can stay here the month if that's what they're paying, but if he tries that bit with the razor again....Alright. See he doesn't." and she tore the filters off her Marlboro Lights and talked about how Tanzania's gone to hell, glacier's are gone, bushmeat's free ("I can't compete with free.").

But now, the railroads wrecked again, and her rooms are booked with International Development agencies come to fix them. "We're expecting a crush of Danes," she said.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Getting to Morogoro

Your Vacation Summary
To Foxes Safari's Web site:
Please contact us. We are horribly late.
Name: Liz Kirchner

I want to visit: Mafia, Mikumi, Udzungwa

I want to experience: We'd like to see fruit bats, wild dogs, edible orchids, and Tanzanian agriculture.

No one is ever prepared for edible orchids.

(Running shoes, DEET, sunscreen, and cameras)

Friday, June 4, 2010

Who Are You, Alex King and Mito Media!?

A Night of Single Drinkin' // A Photofilm from Alex King & Mito Media on Vimeo.

Hahaha! Happy sweet singles with good teeth on a summer evening rooftop. Things get blurry. There are grilled sausages, spin-the-bottle, tongues, more spinning. Things get blurry. Happy. Sweet. Nothing lasts. Hahaha!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Bike the Planet with Sustrans

Walk, cycle, or sustainably trans-it 'round the planet with Sustrans, the people who made walking, cycling, and sustainably transporting around the UK a reality.

It's Sustran's virtual globe-trek called Change Your World.

They're going round the world, 25,000 miles, they've gone 18,181 miles as of this minute which puts them somewhere in the Bering Sea, and they've 31 days to go. People pledge their journeys. These are small trips - just popping out to the shops or down the lane, catching the train, or walking the dog.

Join them: if you're going anywhere by foot, bike, or public transport, really make the trip, join the movement, pledge your mileage here.

Heroic Sustrans are the Bristol-sprung people who, with a rather wobbly start in 1975 (!) made it possible to bike and walk from the English Channel to John O'Groats, along the length of Hadrian's Wall, down the Thames, or off to the pub in Woolton, Liverpool.

Since 1975, Sustrans has developed 12000 miles of traffic-free walking and cycling paths, quiet, art-filled, biodiverse lanes and on-road cycling routes passing within a mile of over 55% of the population taking them to schools, shops, businesses throughout England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. Get a move on.

Love You Virtually All