Carolyn Frick


Carolyn Frick

Hello All; For those of you that haven't heard, we're back! It was a wonderful, fun, adventure-filled 10 months. We're already planning our next adventure, it's just so hard to choose from all the wonderful places our planet has to offer. Of course, we need to work for a little while before setting off on the next big adventure. Until then we'll have alot of smaller adventures. I will continue to post blogs of places we visit close to home, that you might also be interested in visiting. We have settled in Albuquerque, have a great new place, bought a Smart Car today. So cute, and cool. It's been very fun changing cities, getting a new place, buying new furniture, changing careers, etc.. Let us hear from you if we haven't seen you yet. And to ... read more

Officially crossed over into Uganda. It is all green jungle here and very beautiful. The earth is rich and red and any seed that hits the ground is going to sprout. Our first stop was in Jinja where we stayed 3 nights in the dorm rooms at a really nice backpackers lodge. Our first day here most of the gang from our overland truck went rafting on the Nile. Since we had already done the Zambezi, which is the toughest rafting in Africa, we opted out of rafting. Instead we walked over to the source of the Nile (one of them), where Lake Victoria feeds into the White Nile. It was a little anti-climatic, but the country side is so beautiful here. Walking over to the park we passed all these mansions that are in the ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Eldoret January 17th 2010

Hello All; Since you last heard from us, we flew from Zanzibar Island, Tanzania to Nairobi, Kenya. When we were ready to leave our hotel in Stone Town and head to the airport, we walked over to the taxi stand which is located in front of a Muslim Mosque. It just so happened that when we got there, the call to prayer had just gone out over the loud speaker. As I told you in our last posting, 90% of Zanzibar is Muslim, so almost all the men were in the mosque praying. There were 2 guys in the taxi stand parking lot and one of them asked if we needed a taxi. We said yes, so he loaded our backpacks into the trunk of a nice Toyota Camry. We thought it was strange that he ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City December 19th 2009

Hi Everybody! For some reason it took 8 hours for the last 3 paragraphs of our last entry to load. We wished you all "Happy Holidays" at the end in case you read it before it finished loading. A New Year, already! Wow. . . You last heard from us after arriving in Dar Es Salaam. This entry contains 2 pages of pics so be sure to click over to page 2 at the bottom. There are 6 ferries that travel between mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar Island. It's about a 2 hour trip on the fast ferry. The ferry holds about 200 people, really nice and new, couple of TV screens showing a movie during the trip. But. . . during the night a storm had blown in from the ocean with wind and rain. So ... read more

Africa » Malawi » Northern » Karonga December 16th 2009

REVISED WITH A FEW PICS! Hello All; Well we had a thankfully uneventful, if not quite comfortable, trip back to Blantyre. Mini-buses the whole way. I think we had to change 4 times. One more night in Blantyre, we actually managed to get tickets on the luxury, overnight, bus leaving the next afternoon at 4:30 pm to Mzuzu. We were all excited. These buses are really nice. Comfortable airline style seats, AC, curtains on the windows, etc. Well our excitement didn't last to long into the trip. After we got on there were only about 10 passengers on board. Then we stopped at 3 more bus stations and the seats filled up. That was fine. Then he just kept stopping and more and more people got on board. We actually ended up with 65 seated passengers ... read more

Africa » Malawi » Southern » Cape Maclear December 16th 2009

WE SENT THIS A LONG TIME AGO WITHOUT PICTURES, NOW WE HAVE A FAST CONNECTION SO WE ARE REPOSTING WITH PICS. WE WILL GET EVERYTHING ELSE UP TO DATE SOON! (FYI-You can click on picture to view full size) Hi Everyone! Here's more of our continuing adventures in Malawi. Sorry but no pics this time. We just can't find an internet cafe with a fast enough connection to let us download pictures. We'll send them later. After our Mulanje Mountain trek we went back to Blantyre for 2 nights for rest and laundry. Then back on another bus to Monkey Bay. This bus ride was okay, packed full, but not to long, 6 hours. The bus dropped us off at the turn off to Cape Maclear as there was a taxi waiting to take people to ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar November 10th 2009

Jambo! That's Swahili for hello. Since you last heard from us, we crossed the border into Tanzania. Had a comfortable taxi ride from Kargona, Malawi to the Tanzanian border. Just 11 people and 9 buckets of dead fish in a Nissan station wagon. There are some of the funniest named shops in Malawi, here's a classic we saw in Karonga. It was a bakery named "Jesus Rose and So Does My Bread" Bakery. To funny! Anyway we got to the border and exited out of Malawi, no waiting, no problems. Then walking over to the Tanzania side we needed to change money. If a countries money is not backed by a hard currency (gold) there are no change bureaus which means you have to change money with a street vendor, a black market money changer. They ... read more

Africa » Malawi » Southern » Mount Mulanje October 2nd 2009

Hello Everybody! Here's our first Malawi entry. It was quite the trip from Mozambique to Malawi and we were glad to get to Blantyre, which is a big city. Malawi is one of the poorest countries in Africa but it's very friendly and seems more organized than some other countries we've been too. They have a lot of their own exports here; tobacco, tea, coffee, nuts, honey, etc.. But most items have to be imported and are expensive. For example sunscreen ranges in price from $45 to $60 US dollars. Nice accomodation and food is very inexpensive, you can eat a really nice meal for $2.50. We stayed 3 nights in Blantyre and got ready for our Mulanje Mountain trek. The mountains have a series of self-catering huts so we needed to buy a pot, some ... read more
Mount Mulanje
Mount Mulanje
Mount Mulanje

Africa September 23rd 2009

Hi Everyone; Finally got a few Mozambique pics loaded. It's strange, we spent almost a month in Mozambique and didn't take very many photos. We really did just hang out with Martina and get rested up from our previous adventures. Once again, we'd like to thank Martina for opening her home and heart to us and putting up with us for so long. We really had a great time with her and miss her alot. Mozambique is really just opening up to tourists. They were at civil war for so long. That's been over for 10 years now, but their infrastructure was completely torn away. Roads and bridges are just now being re-built. Burned out tanks removed, etc. They've been working on their unexploded land mine situation for several years now and have that under control. ... read more

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Vilanculos September 11th 2009

Hello Everyone! It's been a while since our last entry. Sorry no pictures right now, the computer here won't let Aaron download any photos. We've been kicking back on the beach in Mozambique. Our friend Martina owns a Nissan repair shop in Vilankulos and we stayed with her for almost a month. She is so much fun, we had a great time. It was really nice to just be in one spot for a while, also. Since she let us stay for free, we tried to cook some really nice meals for her. Which was fun and challenging. Aaron loves to cook and it was challenging because she currently only has an electric skillet, a George Foreman grill, and a microwave until her house remodeling is complete. But we managed to turn out some decent meals. ... read more

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