Alan is going home…

You see, I am going to Tanzania this coming weekend (April 13th). I will be visiting Tanzania, where some of the oldest human remains in the world have been found. It is believed that early humans hung out and evolved here in East Africa’s Great Rift Valley. In the 1950s and 60s anthropologists Louis, Mary, and Richard Leakey discovered fossil remains at the Olduvai Gorge and since then several others have been found in Northern Kenya and Ethiopia. Here’s an awesome picture of the Ngorongoro Crater, near the gorge:

A quick look at wikipedia confirms that the crater is pretty freakin’ awesome as well:

… the world’s largest unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera. The Crater, which formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself some two to three million years ago …

I might also head over to the island of Zanzibar to eat some delectable Middle Eastern and Indian food, and of course see the ancient stone city. You all just hang on tight, because I’ll be back in a week or so, and I’ll have more pictures than you can shake your mouse at!

On a side note, the first rains in nearly two weeks are finally pouring down. All the Kenyan farmers (like me) are jumping for joy right now. My corn, beans, onions, and sukuma seem to be pretty resilient if I just drop a little water on them in the evenings. On the not-so-resilient side are the peppers and spinach, which wilt so severely during the day under the scorching sun that they look like they’re dead! Cross your fingers that they don’t die while I am off at the family reunion (hey, Homo Habilis is a relative) in Tanzania.

Until next time…

2 Comments to “Alan is going home…”

  1. Kyle

    Educational Post. It’s awesome that you have the opportunity to visit Olduvai Gorge. By the way, I’m happy to hear the crops are doing well.

    My hopes and wishes are with the peppers and spinach. Hopefully they will come through, if not, I guess it was meant to be. :-(

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