Stories: Travel

  • Niger Is the Most Amazing Country I Never Expected to Visit

    Chances are you'll never get to go to Niger. I never thought I'd get to go there either. Boaters on the Niger River in Niamey, the country's capital. It's landlocked and mostly desert. The only non-African cities that offer direct flights are Paris and Istanbul. The desert northeast used to get tourists who wanted to...

  • Maputo Meanderings

    The colonial gaze, a subliminal how-to-vote poster from the government, and the red light district – such was my introduction to Mozambique’s capital. Jane Flood led a city tour for fellows from the International Reporting Project around some of Maputo’s more obscure sites. One of my favourites from the day was this sculpture...

  • The Texture of Injera

    On my first night in Addis Ababa, I was introduced to the main staple of Ethiopian food: Injera. Injera is a sponge-like, sourdough bread made from teff that looks like a giant textured pancake and is used to scoop up different types of usually spicy Ethiopian stews called wat. Although I have dined at Ethiopian restaurants before in the States,...

  • Why I Am Grateful for Traveling to Africa

      I have written before that only a few short years ago I never wanted to visit Africa because I believed what the media fed me about the continent. I believed that Africa was full of child soldiers and brutal dictators. Ibelieved that diseases were rife across the continent. I believed that every country...

  • Sounds of the Maasai

  • National Rose Garden in Delhi Made Me Stop to Smell the Roses (Obviously)

    The National Rose Garden in south Delhi was a highlight for me during my all-too-brief stay in India’s capital earlier this year. Nestled among the dozens of embassies along the city’s wide streets and parks, this lovely space in the Chanakyapuri neighborhood captured my eye one morning as I jobbed through the area before another...

  • Off the Grid in Choma

    Jennifer James is traveling to Zambia as an International Reporting Project Zambia Fellow. The International Reporting Project is a part of  The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She is reporting on HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis and how these three infectious diseases acutely affect mothers and children. You can follow her journey at #ZambiaHealth.  

  • A Flavour of Zambia

    A trip wouldn’t be a trip without me banging on about the food and yesterday, during a break from reporting, I got the chance to sample a traditional Zambian meal. You always know you’re heading to a good place when you have to queue to get in and the road outside Twa-Pandula was packed with cars...

  • Early Morning in Zambia

    When I travel abroad I love to wake early to see how the locals get their day started. There is a major thoroughfare right outside our hotel so I grabbed my camera and my jacket (it’s winter here and quite cold in the mornings and evenings) and walked to the street to observe early morning commuters. As...

  • A Visit to an India Full of Science and Engineering

    I am writing this to you from New Delhi, India as I am here with the International Reporting Project as a New Media Specialist! We have been in the crowded, bustling, port city of Mumbai, the central city of Nagpur (home of several tiger refuges), the rural village area of Gadchiroli, and finally to the modern city of...