Why haggle?

I’m so happy to, once again, introduce Aine! In her last guest post she talked about standing out as a mzungu in her Tanzanian community. Now she tackles the question of haggling. Do you barter at markets when you travel? I certainly do and, sometimes, I admit I almost make a sport out it. But why? Aine examines this question and breaks down the reason … Continue reading Why haggle?

The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

A post about my favorite animal on World Elephant Day. Click any image to enlarge. A visit to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is just as adorable as it sounds. For less than $10 per person visitors can spend an hour (11am-noon daily) watching these precious baby pachyderms parade around, play with soccer balls, wrestle one another and suckle at enormous bottles. The smallest babies … Continue reading The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

12 things I wish I’d known before climbing Kilimanjaro

Click any image to enlarge. It’s been nearly four years since I stood on the roof of Africa alongside two of my best friends. Kilimanjaro had been a dream ever since I first spotted it, the great wedding cake of a mountain, between parted clouds while on safari at Amboseli National Park. I have a distinct memory of sitting on the savannah in the pitch … Continue reading 12 things I wish I’d known before climbing Kilimanjaro

Not a spectacle

I am happy to introduce my readers to Aine – fellow mzungu and A Lady Away’s first guest writer! Aine is living and working in Tanzania and her piece, Not a Spectacle, discusses what it’s like to be an outsider within her new community. Anyone who has ever spent significant time in another area of the world will relate to Aine’s thoughtful and honest story. … Continue reading Not a spectacle

The Meaning of New Shoes

“Ah, Jenni,” Irene smiled as she picked up a small pair of the faux Converse All-Stars, “they are really going to remember this!” “Huh?”  I looked up from a long list of names and measurements in my little black notebook, “remember what?” “You know,” she continued, ignoring my question, “even me, I remember my first pair of shoes.  And they were not even new, they … Continue reading The Meaning of New Shoes

Lamu Island, Kenya

*In order to get A Lady Away populated with a few posts to start out I will be sharing a few stories and images I originally posted on my Jenn Winter blog. Original posts are coming soon but, in the meantime, enjoy some of my favorite archived travel stories! When I journeyed to Lamu with Karen, Emma and Tessa in October of 2006 I was … Continue reading Lamu Island, Kenya