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February 9, 2007

Episode #11: Jackass Penguin Colony In South Africa

JackassPenguins.jpgLast fall, my husband and I took a honeymoon around the world. Along the way, we stopped in South Africa and took in the local seaside. Just south of Cape Town, there is a little place called Boulder's Beach, where you can see Southern Right Whales and their calves just off the beach, and a colony of Jackass Penguins has set up a rookery amongst the large rocks that give the beach its name.

Click Here To Download: Episode #11: Jackass Penguin Colony In South Africa.

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Segment: Jackass Penguin Colony In South Africa

Some background Info on this video:

We were traveling along the Garden Route along the coast of South Africa (the Indian Ocean side). Before we headed out of Cape Town, we decided to pay a visit to Boulder's Beach, known for its resident population of Jackass Penguins. They have a nice boardwalk you can take to go out amongst the penguins without seriously disturbing their nesting. You can also see one of their predators - the mongoose!

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Photos & Info: Jackass Penguin Colony - Boulders Beach, South Africa
Special Assignment: Around the World in 40 Days
Photos: San Francisco Zoo - Magellanic Penguin

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February 8, 2007

Episode #10: Maui, Hawaii

MauiHawaii1.jpgLast winter, we headed off to Maui, Hawaii to take in some of the state and national parks, as well as the Road to Hana. The lush landscape is littered with the greenest vegetation and lots of waterfalls, not to mention bamboo forests. Still, this isolated ecosystem faces many dangers, especially from invasive plants and non-native animals.

Click Here To Download: Episode #10: Maui, Hawaii.

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Segment: Maui, Hawaii

Some background Info on this video:

My husband has been a bit tweaked for a while about the fact that I had been to Maui and he hadn't. So I promised I would take him for his 30th birthday.

Some of the places we visited included:


  • 'Iao Valley State Park
  • Kapalua, Kaanapali, Lahaina
  • Honokohau Bay and Kahakuloa Head
  • Haleakala National Park
  • Oneloa Beach and The Fish Bowl
  • Road to Hana and Mama's Fish House

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For now, you can check out some of my other blog postings and such on Maui here:

Photos & Info: Hawaiian Honu: The Green Sea Turtle
Photos & Info: The Mongoose: A Maui Menace
Photos & Info: Hawaii: The Cat Conundrum
Photos & Info: Maui Marine Life
Photos & Info: Thoughts A-Slitherin'
Random Thoughts and Maui Restaurants: Eating Eels: Am I a Foodie Freak?

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Episode #9: Frolicking Hippos

FrolickingHippos.jpgLast fall, my husband and I took a honeymoon around the world. One of our favorite places that we stopped was in Tsavo National Park in Kenya. This video was taken from the porch of our safari tent, overlooking the waterhole. This short clip was about a couple of young hippos who always hung out together at this time of day, splashing and mock fighting amongst themselves before the pod hauled out to forage for the evening.

Click Here To Download: Episode #9: Frolicking Hippos.

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Segment: Frolicking Hippos

Some background Info on this video:

We were traveling around Kenya by car, and we stayed at Finch Hatton's Safari Camp, which we think is the best place to stay in Kenya. We also had the absolute best tent overlooking the hippo watering hole. We even had a run in with a resident croc!

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Photos & Info: African Field Notes: The Hippopotamus
Video: Podcast Episode #8: Kenya Waterhole
Special Assignment: Around the World in 40 Days

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Episode #8: Kenya Waterhole

KenyaWaterhole.jpgLast fall, my husband and I took a honeymoon around the world. One of our favorite places that we stopped was in Tsavo National Park in Kenya. This video was taken from the porch of our safari tent, overlooking the waterhole. I especially like the last few moments of this video, when all the hippos call out to each other. You'll also get a few yawns and snorts along the way.

Click Here To Download: Episode #8: Kenya Waterhole.

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Segment: Kenya Waterhole

Some background Info on this video:

We were traveling around Kenya by car, and we stayed at Finch Hatton's Safari Camp, which we think is the best place to stay in Kenya. We also had the absolute best tent overlooking the hippo watering hole. We even had a run in with a resident croc!

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Photos & Info: African Field Notes: The Hippopotamus
Special Assignment: Around the World in 40 Days

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Episode #7: Sunrise In Tsavo National Park, Kenya

TsavoSunrise.jpgLast fall, my husband and I took a honeymoon around the world. One of our favorite places that we stopped was in Tsavo National Park in Kenya. Now I know that the video quality here is pretty bad, but I really thought it was interesting the way the bird and animal noises for markedly louder at the very moment the sun rose. For more photos of our trips to Africa, check out our African Field Notes and the Special Assignment: Around the World in 40 Days.

Click Here To Download: Episode #7: Sunrise at Finch Hatton's In Tsavo National Park, Kenya.

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Segment: Sunrise In Tsavo

Some background Info on this video:

We were traveling around Kenya by car, and we stayed at Finch Hatton's Safari Camp, which we think is the best place to stay in Kenya. We also had the absolute best tent overlooking the hippo watering hole. We even had a run in with a resident croc!

Finch Hatton's is on the outskirts of Tsavo West National Park, a wildlife refuge made famous by Isak Dinesen's story Out of Africa in which Robert Redford played Denys Finch Hatton, an Englishman known for his great love of the area.

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Photos & Info: African Field Notes
Special Assignment: Around the World in 40 Days

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February 7, 2007

Episode #6: Afternoon Prayer Call In Cairo

CairoPrayerCall.jpgLast fall, my husband and I took a honeymoon around the world. Our first stop was Egypt, where we visited Cairo and stayed in Giza. One afternoon, we decided to go into Old Cairo and visit the Citadel Of Salahideen in Old Cairo (commonly known as "The Citadel").

As we stood on Mokattam hill at the Citadel overlooking the City of Cairo, the afternoon prayer call sounded. Five times per day, Muslims are called to prayer - at dawn, at midday, the middle of the afternoon, sunset, and in the evening. We were standing there admiring the view of Cairo, with the Great Pyramids in the distance, when the afternoon prayer call swept across the city.

Click Here To Download: Episode #6: Afternoon Prayer Call In Cairo.

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Segment: Afternoon Prayer Call In Cairo

Some background Info on this video:

The prayer call is also called the adhan or azaan. In Islamic areas, the adhan used to be performed by someone called a muezzin who climbed up into one of the towers of the mosque, but nowadays most are done by systems of loudspeakers which blast the calls across the city.

To us, it was amazing to experience, but for some locals living near the speakers, the tech improvements come at a cost.

Nowadays, there is even software to perform prayer calls for people working inside buildings or in areas where prayer calls are not performed.

You can find out more about prayer calls and and the Citadel Of Salahideen in Old Cairo on Wikipedia.

The last part of the video is of the Great Pyramids lit at night, from our hotel room.

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Photos: The Saladin Citadel
Photos: Great Pyramids - Giza, Egypt

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