Letters of Life

Tag: Africa

Safari Adventure

The title of this post is a nostalgic nod to author Willard Price, whose adventure books for boys I read as a fourteen-year-old girl. The quotes here, though, are all from Karen Blixen’s now-classic work Out of Africa (1937). The geographical position and the height of the land combined to create a landscape that had… Read More ›

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Out of Africa

Nairobi, Kenya — I have left the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania andĀ have decided to highlight the opening line and other memorable linesĀ from the 1985 film Out of Africa. It was narrated by Meryl Streep who played the heroine Karen Blixen: “I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills. The… Read More ›

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Natural Elegance

The Serengeti, Tanzania— What makes the endlessness of the Serengeti so thrilling to the soul is the absence of Man’s hand on the land. No bridges, no telco structures, no lamp posts, traffic lights, no pylons. No road signs or billboards advertising good things or a good time. Even the roads are paved with good… Read More ›

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The Secret of the Serengeti

The title could possibly belong to a book of my youth because on clear days, you could see forever. The name ‘serengeti’ — the sound like a syncopated beat of an African drum — means endless plains in the Masaai language and this beautiful word peppered stories like Willard Price’s Adventure Series (Safari Adventure, Elephant… Read More ›

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