After 10 days in Kenya, the trip to Zanzibar, Tanzania provided the rest and relaxation I needed. The Zanzibar archipelago lives up to its nickname as the “spice islands,” with cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, and nutmeg grown locally. Historically, Zanzibar Town was the main slave-trading port in East Africa, and had the world’s last open slave market until 1873. We explored the historic part of town on our last day.
Ryan and I took a round trip from Nairobi to Zanzibar Town, and took a taxi up the coast to Kendwa Rocks. We stayed on the island for four days and three nights.
One of my favorite experiences while in Kenya was going on safari. The Maasai Mara National Reserve is part of the Narok region, where WE Villages works. During my trip with Me to We, we departed early one morning and headed into the reserve.
The reserve has a diverse population of resident game, and is home to the African Big Five: lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and rhinos. During this Safari, I was lucky see four out of five! The elusive leopard was the only one we missed.
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The name “Banff” covers both the Canadian national park in western Alberta and an incorporated town. During the winter months the area is popular for skiing, and during the summer for its numerous hikes and picturesque lakes.
My trip to Ecuador in Spring 2016 was to visit Ryan who had moved down in October 2015 to continue his work with Me to We. The trip was 10 days total. We went from the capital city of Quito to the mountain resort town of Baños to a rain-forest lodge along the Napo river.