Kenya with WE Villages (Free the Children)

I had the opportunity to fly halfway around the world to visit my best bud and see firsthand the work of the WE Charity through WE Villages in Kenya.

(Ryan and I in Toronto in October 2014. Before he headed all over Canada for We Day in the fall of 2014 and then back to Kenya for 2015 with Me to We)

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Visual Highlights – Zanzibar Vacation

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.

Karibu Zanzibar
Welcome to Zanzibar

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.

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Visual Highlights – Safari – Maasai Mara, Kenya

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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Visual Highlights – Banff, Canada May 2017

Banff, Alberta was my first trip after leaving Red Ventures. The main goal was to completely unplug from the stresses of the 9-5, and simply enjoy the beautiful scenes of the Canadian Rockies.

I was accompanied by my best bud, Dan.

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.

Day 1 – Tunnel Mountain

Tunnel Mountain surrounded by the town of Banff, Alberta
Tunnel Mountain surrounded by the town of Banff, Alberta.  Bow River snakes through the town.

We went on our first hike the evening we arrived, going up Tunnel Mountain. It was a three-mile round trip with multiple stopping points along the way to rest and check out the view. Continue reading “Visual Highlights – Banff, Canada May 2017”