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Occasional snaps and thoughts from here and there posted on a random basis with no rhyme and minimal reason. For things less random, check out the travel photo Galleries.

Monday, 02 January 2012 10:00

Dar to Arusha

The domestic terminal of Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam is more modest than the intentional terminal. This is saying something since the international terminal is not what one would call spacious or well-appointed. It made for a perfect departure point for Arusha, the hub of all things safari and trekking in the north of Tanzania.

Everyone goes through the security scanner when you first walk in the terminal and, while you don't need to remove your shoes, I needed to give it three tries before belt was off and pockets emptied before I walked through cleanly.

From there, security was rather more lax.

Sunday, 01 January 2012 15:23

Flight to Dar es Salaam

We had been flying for hours over mystical parts of the map with names that evoked ancient history and modern headlines, romantic destinations and sites of heartbreaking tragedy, ground christened as the newest country on the planet and lands where the first humans opened their eyes.

Benghazi. Alexandria. Cairo. The Pyramids. The Nile. Darfur. South Sudan. Addis Ababa. Mogadishu. Nairobi. Mt. Kilimanjaro. Great Rift Valley. Olduvai Gorge.

Saturday, 12 November 2011 13:05

now the eyes of my eyes are opened

As I sit here at Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5 waiting to board my flight to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, my mind is awash with these words from e.e. cummings:

(now the ears of my ears awake and now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

Travel is a powerful means of waking our ears and opening our eyes. To be faced with the other, the new, the foreign invites us to truly hear and truly see. It moves us beyond what we expect to hear and expect to be there and requires that we not assume but experience. It invites us to live.

And the camera further encourages that wakefulness, that openness for how can the camera frame a moment worth keeping if one isn't present in that moment? May I be present in the moment with wakefulness and openness.

For those interested, I'll include the entirety of the poem after the jump. It expresses the thankfulness I feel as I am waiting to board.

Across the Tidal Basin, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Across the Tidal Basin
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial
National Mall
Washington, DC

King at night #2, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

King at night #2
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial
National Mall
Washington, DC