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Slaves in West Africa

By | September 14th, 2017|

For over 400 years, there was a massive population shift from Africa to the Americas. The lowest estimated loss for the African population through the transatlantic slave trade is 20 million people.

Food and Drink in West Africa

By | September 12th, 2017|

We were warned that the cuisine in West Africa would be "unexceptional".  We packed lots of protein bars and hoped for the best.  They were right, but the countries are so poor you feel grateful [...]

West African Voodoo

By | September 9th, 2017|

Voodoo is an animist religion that attributes a soul to plants and inanimate objects.  Despite what you've seen in the movies, for millions of Africans, voodoo is not about black magic.  The main focus is about [...]

Benin Dancing and ALL THOSE KIDS

By | September 5th, 2017|

Benin seemed so full of young people.  The average age of people here is only 18 (vs. 38 for the US).  Child mortality is high - about 15% of kids under the age of 5 [...]

Benin Markets

By | September 3rd, 2017|

Daily commerce that does not involve Amazon.  It doesn't even involve refrigeration.

Boating in Benin

By | September 1st, 2017|

Benin is in West Africa, roughly the size of Portugal.  One of the poorest countries in the world, it's not known as a tourist destination.  The worst of the horrific Ebola epidemic, in which over [...]

Solar Eclipse in Redmond, OR

By | August 21st, 2017|

For one day, for one event, everyone shook off politics and world disasters and looked up together at the sky.  As the total solar eclipse grew closer, the temperature dropped, the birds quieted and we [...]

Sweet Corn Fest in Illinois

By | August 7th, 2017|

The day after we touched down from Corsica, Mike took off for Illinois and the Sweet Corn Fest. The Moline clan lives smack in the middle of endless acres of corn.   Early in the [...]

Corsica Adventures

By | August 1st, 2017|

We called this trip the "Francathalon", because we were pretty exhausted until we got to relax on the sailboat.  Michèle and the boys kept us busy!   As a bonus, we were so close to [...]

Icelandic Horses and Craters

By | July 25th, 2017|

Armed with headnets, long sleeves and bug wipes we braved a day around Lake Myvatn, which didn't end up very buggy at all.   Hiking the crater wasn't easy, but the view was otherworldly. [...]

Icebergs in Iceland

By | July 23rd, 2017|

Harsh winds, strong currents, sun and air pockets have helped create these astonishing natural sculptures.

Icelandic National Parks

By | July 21st, 2017|

Vatnajokull National Park covers 13% of Iceland.   Sadly, Iceland is one of the fastest-warming places on the planet – as much a four times the Northern Hemisphere average. The 300-some glaciers that cover more than [...]