Featured Member Blog Posts – June 2011 Archive (81)

Pamoja Trust Farewell

March 29th 2009, 15:38

How much help we could really be would always be in question. They certainly didn’t learn as much from me as I did from them, although Alex had a queue of people wanting him to do to their computer what he’d done for others. But that was not reflected in their send off for us, which was more appreciative than I’ve ever experienced in my entire working life. We even featured in one of the songs they sang and danced…


Added by Tania Payne on June 30, 2011 at 3:14pm — No Comments

The Taj: An Indian-Owned Hotel in Yankeetown?

I was there, January 11, 2007,  when the venerable Ritz-Carlton in Boston's historic Back Bay  was sold to the Taj Hotels and Palaces Of India, one of Asia's largest hotel company,

Bostonians, and much of the East Coast Establishment, cried "heresy."

A tradition and an emotional landmark was gone, sold to foreigners, for one  hundred seventy million dollars.… Continue

Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on June 30, 2011 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Pamoja Trust, Nairobi

Kids living in one of Nairobi's 183 slums


February 27th 2009, 12:30

The next Monday, just like the rest of you, we were at work for 9am. And, as working weeks do all over the world, they have flown by. As I type, we…


Added by Tania Payne on June 30, 2011 at 11:38am — No Comments

A Trip to Manchester, England

I won a  free trip to Manchester through Virgin Vacations and Visit Manchester.They really were wonderful.I also have looked at Virgin Vacation's prices and they are good even if I had to pay.Visit Manchester has been great and really does a good job of promoting their city. It's good to see people proud of their city and welcoming.

I really was  impressed with…

Added by Travel Rob on June 30, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Gestures To Be Aware Of While Volunteering Abroad

“Words represent your intellect. The sound, gesture and movement represent your feelings.” – Patricia Fripp. Many people consider the spoken word as the main mode of communication around the world. We forget that non verbal communication also forms a large part of what we are saying to the person we are communicating with. Different gestures mean different things across the world, what is acceptable in your home country like for instance handing someone an item using your left hand, may be…


Added by Zablon Mukuba on June 30, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Whistling Thorns

February 27th 2009, 12:00

My face wasn’t much better when I woke up the next morning. What wasn’t peeling off was red and raw and I was in a bad mood so I didn’t say much as Francis drove us out of Nairobi towards the Ngong hills, past the towns of Kiserian and Rongai Ongata, to the small holiday resort that is Whistling Thorns. It’s named after the acacia trees that populate the surrounding landscape. Ants make holes in the seeds and,…


Added by Tania Payne on June 30, 2011 at 9:27am — No Comments

In Hong Kong, How to Beat the Queues at The Peak

Hong Kong’s no. 1 Tourist Attraction has queues, bloody great big queues.       

The Peak Tram is a wonderful way to travel to The Peak for first time visitors and even for jaded old lags such as myself, I never ever get tired of it.

Which brings me to the subject of queues.

Because The Peak is the no. 1…


Added by Jamie Lloyd on June 29, 2011 at 8:18pm — No Comments

Nairobi: Circumcision

February 25th 2009, 18:00

Back at Jane’s, we sat down for a soda and a chat with Bill (but not before I’d gone to the bathroom and doused my face liberally with Dettol, there not being enough ice cream). When, in his first email to me back in London, Bill had said, “My culture is circumcision and I hope you will enjoy it,” we’d assumed there had been some sort of communication breakdown. But as we sat with him in the sitting room while…


Added by Tania Payne on June 29, 2011 at 10:03am — No Comments

Is It Safe to Travel to Greece?

In the face of protests over the looming austerity bill that has been deemed "harsh" and "ineffective" by Greek citizens, many travelers are asking themselves whether it is safe to travel to Greece. And while some are deciding the answer is “no”, even more are going ahead with their travel plans. Indeed, Thomas Cook reported last week that summer bookings for Greece are 13% higher than a year ago.…

Added by Sara Cooke on June 29, 2011 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

An Introduction to Croatia

The ‘pearl of the Adriatic’, Croatia is a magnetic fusion of trendy bars and buzzing nightlife amid ancient ruins. It is a fascinating country with 1778km of coastline, a glistening sea winds around rocky coves, lapping at pine-fringed beaches. Stay in a private beach home amidst the roman ruins! Croatia…


Added by Velimira Velikova on June 28, 2011 at 11:31am — No Comments

Nairobi: There's Something Wrong With My Face

February 25th 2009, 17:30

The following day was our last day with Jane before we left for the weekend to Whistling Thorns, and then on to begin another of the arrangements we’d made before we left, a monthlong internship at Pamoja Trust. It was to be a day of pottering about, writing emails, uploading photos and just not much. I was really looking forward to it.


Up until around 2pm, everything went according to (no)…


Added by Tania Payne on June 28, 2011 at 7:39am — 2 Comments

Note to Airlines: Skip the Flight, Just Charge for The Bags

Note to Airlines: Skip the Flight, Just Charge for The Bags

Absurd as it may seems, it's very possible the airlines are making more money on the persistent and aggressive fees they're charging than on ticket sales.

A recent report from the Department of Transportation reveals that in 2010,… Continue

Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on June 27, 2011 at 6:54pm — 5 Comments

Costa Rica As a Top Wedding Destination

Costa Rica is a very popular touristic destination within the Americas and the world. During the past few years it has been gaining important spots in different markets, thanks to all the richness and beauty offered by the country.

This popularity has increased in specific markets, for example, the weddings and honeymoon tourism, which is focused mainly on… Continue

Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on June 27, 2011 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Day 4: Open Hand Orphanage, Nairobi

February 25th 2009, 17:00

Jane, who runs our guesthouse, is one of four directors of an orphanage in Githurai, one of the few stone buildings on the edge of one of Nairobi’s 183 slums. Thursday was her visiting day and she was happy to take us along. We arrived just in time for a bible reading, which was weird because only the previous day, I’d told Alex I’d like to go to one. I’m not religious, and don’t believe in God, which is not…


Added by Tania Payne on June 27, 2011 at 9:57am — No Comments


No, I did not spell the title wrong. I made the word up to define a new philosophy in travel.

The real word is Vagabonding. Vagabonding has a new guru. His name is Rolf Potts. In his book, called not surprisingly Vagabonding, he defines vagabonding as “The act of leaving behind the orderly world to travel independently for an extended period of time.” And “A deliberate way of living that makes freedom to travel possible”.

The book does a fine job of advocating vagabonding as an…


Added by Forrest Walker on June 27, 2011 at 6:31am — 1 Comment

Boutique Eats & Sleeps in ... Cornwall?

Those who know anything about this ancient corner of southwest England love its craggy, traditional flavor -- with twee villages like Boscastle, medieval castles and ruins like Tintagel, and ubiquitous pasties (turnovers). Oh, and let's not forget The Pirates of Penzance, Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, Cornish game hens and clotted cream. But eco-friendly designer hotels? Over in Watergate Bay, just up the hill from Jamie Oliver's… Continue

Added by David Paul Appell on June 26, 2011 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Day 3: Kibera, Africa's Biggest Slum

February 6th 2009, 15:38

The words ‘slum’ and ‘poverty’ are well used. Maybe you’ve read Shantaram, which some say romanticises these terms. Trying to tread the line between, on the one hand, outright horror and on the other, sheer awe at the spirit of human nature to exist, it’s impossible to say that, up close, it isn’t everything you’d expect, and worse, without also saying how much more to it there is than just squalor and…


Added by Tania Payne on June 25, 2011 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Fundraising and Volunteering Abroad

“Donors don't give to institutions. They invest in ideas and people in whom they believe.” - G.T. Smith. Volunteering abroad can be expensive to the individual; most people use their own money to cover expenses while they volunteer in a foreign country. Especially, if you want to volunteer and you are either in high school or college, with no source of income. To decrease financial burdens on yourself, you can carry out some fundraising campaigns maybe from organizations or…


Added by Zablon Mukuba on June 25, 2011 at 6:07am — No Comments

Europe's Hottest Summer Music Festivals

In the summertime, especially, whole Europe vibrates with the rhythm of the music events sic this summer with more festivals than ever. Many are huge, other still small and intimate with green grass instead of mud. Check out our list and hurry to plan trips! …


Added by Velimira Velikova on June 24, 2011 at 11:12am — No Comments

Day 3: Nairobi National Park

February 6th 2009, 10:09

Being at the park in time for sunrise was my bright idea, but I was alright once I was in the shower. It was still dark when we arrived at the park, and Francis was annoyed that by the time the gates were open to let us in, the sun had risen well into the sky. But in fact, the timing was perfect. There was enough light for photos, and everything was bathed in a warm, golden glow and a silky cloak of early…


Added by Tania Payne on June 24, 2011 at 10:38am — 2 Comments

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