The last (and only) time I was in Africa, I got molested by a Sri Lankan man, stranded in the Serengeti desert, stalked by psychotic monkeys, and run off the road by a malarial British woman in a pith helmet. The month-long voluteer stint in rural Kenya was part of my "I'm going to join the Peace Corps" period (my how things have changed), and I had little time or money (ok, maybe they haven't changed that much) to actually see much of the country. I had a meeting with a Tanzanian safari guide a few months ago and have had the area on my mind ever since.
Wellllllllllllll, after much logistical craziness, I just got approved to hit the road at the end of September. I'll be reviewing hotels for work, traveling from the Serengeti National Park (see safari lodge pic below) to Katavi, Lake Tanganyika, and Zanzibar. I am insanely, over-the-moon excited. I know that this is outside the general fashion/design purview of Nana Banana, but I'm just so jazzed, I had to share.
Alot of people seem to be looking to East Africa for inspiration these days. I wrote awhile back about the rise of kanga prints in Western fashion. Lately though, I've been seeing alot of looks inspired by the more colonial end of things. DesignSponge recently did a roundup of interiors that drew on looks from that classic Meryl Streep flick "Out of Africa." The Glamourai did a similar post talking about the costumes. I'm most excited to explore the mix of African/Arabic wares in the markets of Stone Town. Can't wait to report back! Woohoo! Yay! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!