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How (Not) to (Not) Train for a Half-Marathon

While in Nairobi, on your way to Ethiopia, agree to go for a run for a friend. Do not be deterred by the fact you do not have running shoes. Tell yourself that “just one run” couldn’t do any harm. … Continue reading

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Do it for the Remembering Self

Daniel Kahneman, a psychologist and probably one of the most influential thinkers alive in the world today, has recent research that focuses on the disconnect between what he calls the “experiencing self” and the “remembering self”. The “experiencing self” is … Continue reading

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Addis!

A few times in my hometown of Vancouver, Washington, the grid has lost power, and the streetlights have stopped working. During those times, when cars go one at a time from each direction, taking turns, I have thought “this is … Continue reading

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THE MALL

When I lived in South America, I learned that Bolivians and Argentines looooove the mall. The shopping centers that we take for granted in the States or perhaps even speak about disdainfully (“It’s just so bland. It has no culture!”) … Continue reading

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Who says Spanish has no use in East Africa?

One thing that seems quite unavoidable when it comes to being a white, Nanyuki, resident is getting unwanted attention. Usually, I don’t mind it–I find turning down sunglass vendors, taxi drivers, and so on rather amusing. Plus, great chance to … Continue reading

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A Modern Day Greek Tragedy

The stage was set. Sunday was to be the day that my Kenyan staff and I headed north to the town of Marsabit (an aside on Marsabit. The Lonely Planet description for Marsabit begins “Marsabit is a long way from … Continue reading

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Jumper Cables are for Wimps

Last night, I was headed out to meet up with a friend and her family for dinner. As per usual, I called a cab to pick me up–you can’t really walk anywhere here at night; the one time I did, … Continue reading

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