Saturday, May 27, 2017

Why Namibia? Why Now?

March 4th, 2015

By Sandra Colony for the NABBW When a co-worker first told me in 2000 that he was traveling to Namibia, I admit it was not on my radar. In fact I didn’t know how to pronounce it. But upon his return, listening to him rave about the marvels of the landscape, the abundance of wildlife and the friendliness of the people, I got intrigued. It took me 8 years to get there – I had to get to the top countries on my existing bucket list such as Papua New Guinea, Ethiopia, Ghana, and, just in time, Syria – before I booked a flight to Namibia. Now, having now been there on multiple trips and heading... Read More

The Cultural Importance of Hair

February 12th, 2015

By Sandra Colony for the NABBW I think it’s safe to say that many American women obsess about their hair. No matter our hair type, we spend much of our time, trying to change it. We wash it too frequently, blow dry it regularly, dye it, curl it, straighten it and put all kinds of chemicals in it. We actually label some weather according to how it will affect our hairdo – as in “bad hair’ days. But we aren’t the only culture devoted to our hair. The hairstyles of the semi-nomadic Himba people living in remote Namibian communities are not only complex– they reflect the individual’s... Read More

Push Aside Outdated Impressions You May Have of this Culturally Astonishing, Breathtakingly Beautiful Country. It’s a Fascinating Destination.

January 30th, 2015

By Sandra Colony for the NABBW Ethiopia: Chances are you haven’t been there – but you might change your mind when you learn more about this frequently misunderstood nation, one that can trace its roots to the 2nd millennium. Located on the horn of Africa, Ethiopia is a country that many baby boomers associate with famine and Civil War. Believe me; things have changed dramatically since those times. Today, it is a welcoming, prosperous and safe nation with archeological wonders that rival Angkor Wat and Petra; indigenous tribes still living the way they have for centuries, and ancient holy... Read More

Don’t Wait to Travel to Your \’Bucket List\’ Countries. They\’re Welcoming You Today, But May Not Be Tomorrow.

March 12th, 2014

Don’t Wait to Travel to Your \’Bucket List\’ Countries. They\’re Welcoming You Today,  But May Not Be Tomorrow. By Sandra Colony For the NABBW “The driver of our boat waved his arms toward the river’s shoreline.  He had spotted our camp site for  the night.  And it is the perfect spot, soft sand surrounded by trees swaying in a gentle breeze.  Feels so  serene, so quiet, so safe. A table is set for dinner and, as if on cue, the stars make their appearance  and soon the sky is ablaze. We open a bottle of wine and all is right with the world.” I wrote those words... Read More