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Touring the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco

When we booked our tickets to Kenya, we intentionally chose Royal Air Maroc because of the six hour layover in Casablanca. The goal was to get out and make a quick trp to the city on the way home. Unfortunately, when we first landed in the city, we didn’t get to make it out the airport. This time, though, we were determined. It...

The Rest of Our Kenya Trip Picture By Picture

The challenge with travel blogging is capturing all those tiny moments and experiences and small footnotes relative to the larger context of the trip. I take hundreds of pictures when we travel to Kenya. Many hundreds. And when I’m reviewing which ones to post, I can get analysis paralysis. There’s usually a much larger story...

Kenya’s Salt Lake and Hot Springs — Lake Magadi

Deep in the south of Kenya, there’s this massive lake lying in a catchment of faulted volcanic rocks.During the dry season, it is 80% covered by soda, a saline carbonate brine. A salt lake. Lake Magadi is a saline, alkaline lake, approximately 38 square miles in size, that lies in an endorheic basin formed by a graben. The lake is...

Crossing Masai Country on the Way to Lake Magadi

For the day’s agenda, we headed south, through Masai country, to get to Lake Magadi. Now, Kenya is pretty hot already, but this ride was on another level. Maybe it was because we were in a car with no A/C. Or that rolling down the windows filled the car with dust. And the road conditions were challenging. It was paved, but there...

Visiting Family Then Hitting the Clubs in Kitui Kenya

As we always do when we go to Kenya, Christmas is all about visiting the family in Kitui. So we all hopped in the cars and headed out. The ride there is always scenic. The route is very green carrying us through Machakos, crossing over a plateau with some spectacular views, and into what has been called Kitui County since 2013...

Checking Out the Coral Reef Off Diani Beach On a Glass Boat

Off the coast of Kenya is a coral reef. You can’t tell from the beach, so after leaving Najwa with her cousins, we hopped on a glass boat and headed out for a closer view. Nduku waiting for the boat. The crew getting the boat as close to the shore as possible for those of us not dressed to be splashing in the ocean. Leopard Beach...

Hanging Out at Leopard Beach Resort in Diani Beach

The routine when we visit Kenya is that the moment we land, we head out to the coast. We may get a day to get over the jet lag, but before we know it, we’re on the road headed towards the Indian Ocean. A common feature of traveling in Kenya is driving through these small villages where the locals make or grow products to sell to...

Checking Into Dulles on the Way to Morocco

A few months ago Royal Air Maroc starting flying nonstop from Washington, DC to Casablanca. From there they fly directly to Nairobi. Most importantly, though, they had special ticketing prices, so we jumped on it. The layover in Casablanca is six hours and it’s not that far from the city center, so the plan is to hop out for a few...