Lalibela: The Trek I Should’ve Skipped

Lalibela view

One foot in front of the other, I told myself. Just put one foot in front of the other. My legs felt like lead as I tried to propel myself forward, relying a little too […]

A Game Drive in Awash National Park

big baboon

  “Katie, look! A dik-dik!” “Where?” “Over there.” “Where?” “There.” “I don’t see it, where?” “There, running away into the woods.” “Oh.” And thus went what seemed like the first hour of my “game drive” […]

Hyenas and Holiness in Harar

Harar view

The sun was setting as I arrived in Harar in eastern Ethiopia. A nine-hour drive from Addis Ababa, this ancient walled city was my first destination outside of the capital and one that I was […]

The Great Ethiopian Run/Walk/Dance Party

Great Ethiopian Run start line

I stood as still as possible as a narrow paintbrush ran across my face, from the middle of my cheek up to the corner of my eye. Soon, my cheek was covered in red, green […]

I’m Moving to Washington, D.C.!

Washington Monument, Washington, D.C.

When I was 13, my dad offered to take me on a trip over spring break. My choices were Washington, D.C. or Disneyworld, and picking D.C. was a no-brainer for me (when my brother got […]

Donate to Passports with Purpose & Win a Hiking Trip in Burkina Faso!

Tengrela sunrise

This time last year I was getting ready for a trip to Mali and Burkina Faso – two countries in West Africa that are off the radar of most tourists.   But now is your […]

Running 26.2 Miles Through the Five Boroughs

medal selfie

As the alarm on my iPhone went off, I slowly turned it off and flipped on the light. The phone said 5:00 a.m., yet the alarm clock next to my bed said 6:00. Despite being […]