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Happy Sudanese Man

After visiting the ruins of Musawwarat es-Sufra, a large temple complex some 180km northeast of Khartoum, I came across this gentleman. While there was a language barrier, this is where having a guide comes in handy. I don't remember if there was a reason he was particularly happy or not, but maybe he's just a happy guy.

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Havana Bay

While not exactly towering in height, I'd still call this Havana's skyline. There are some taller buildings in Havana, but they top out at 121m (397ft). The view is from across the bay, just outside Morro Castle. Around sunset, this would make for a great view of Old Havana with the water reflecting the various lights from the city.

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On Another Planet

Are we still on Earth? This is not the Earth I know. It's like another world. Pristine landscapes all around. White, everywhere. It's that last continent, clinging on but slowly divulging its secrets one by one. Antarctica, a mysterious and amazing place. One of the last great adventures this planet still has left.

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View From The Oldest Hotel In Cuba

Hotel Inglaterra is the oldest hotel in Cuba, having been founded on December 23rd, 1875. Winston Churchill even stayed in the hotel during the Spanish-Cuban war of 1895 as a military observer. Being able to open the doors to my balcony and look down on central park across the street with the flood of classic cars driving by was a welcome beginning to my short trip to Cuba.

Although the hotel is quite old, thankfully, it's had some updates over the years. My room did have in-room air conditioning which was definitely welcome given the summer temperatures and the humidity that goes with it. The layout was something less than ideal as you basically walk into the bed when you open the door, but for the location and the historical sense, it was a pleasant stay.

You can see a few examples of the Cocotaxi in the bottom center. So named as their shaped resembles that of a coconut. I never got around to taking one, but they are supposed to be a bit cheaper than a normal taxi. I couldn't help but feel like they'd make the perfect bowling balls should a superhero movie ever be filmed here.
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The Breakthrough

The Lemaire Channel is a popular strait to cruise through on Antarctic tours for its scenic beauty. This iceberg-filled passage though makes for some other interesting views. Leaning over the bow of the ship, the battle of steel vs. ice played out in a constant flow. Another of Man's engineering triumphs over nature.

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Humba Silverback

This is one of the two silverbacks in the Humba Troop. There's a lot of basic, but interesting things I learned about gorillas, and silverbacks specifically, while on my gorilla treks in Virunga National Park. What's so special about a silverback? Well, besides looking pretty badass, when a male gorilla reaches sexual maturity, there's a patch of hair that turns silver on its back. This happens after 12 to 13 years of age and acts as a marker to other gorillas.

Gorillas live in troops, led by one dominant silverback. While there can be multiple silverbacks in a troop, there is always one that is the leader. In the Humba Troop's case, this is the silverback named Humba, brother of Senkwekwe which was sadly executed in 2007. The troop has two silverbacks, two babies, two adult females, one sub-adult female, and two juveniles.

Seeing animals in the wild is always better than a zoo, but the presence and closeness of visiting a gorilla troop in the wild is unlike anything else. The excitement, the awe, the wonder, the amazement. I think I was out of breath - not just because I scrambled up hundreds of feet in short order to keep up with the troop, but because I couldn't believe how privileged I was to be in the presence of these breathtaking animals. The sound and surge of adrenaline from a charge is something I dearly wish to experience again.
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The Cuban Potter

While taking a guided tour of Trinidad, we made a stop at a ceramics workshop. It felt a bit more like the typical forced shopping stop on a group tour, which is one of several reasons why I generally abstain from group tours. I hate the time that is largely wasted just being in a store instead of exploring an area. While I disliked the commercialization aspect, I did appreciate seeing actual potters practicing their trade.

There's only two actual tour companies in Cuba, so, regardless of who you book your tour with outside of Cuba, in the end you will be on a tour from one of the two local companies. Whatever you pay, you end up on the same buses, with the same guides, going to the same places. Keep that in mind when comparing your options.

Photo shot with the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) paired with a Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux ASPH lens. This camera only shoots in black & white.
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Stop Moto

Life in almost every developing corner of the world is synonymous with motorcycles. Cheap and affordable compared to other means of transportation, it's more a wonder when they're not present (Yangon) than when they are. Generally there were plenty of motorcycles buzzing around Goma, but once you got outside of the city, motorized vehicles gave way to the chukudu and other similar forms of human-powered locomotion.

I passed through Goma on my way to and from Virunga National Park. Ever since I visited, I've become a big fan of the park. Even though only a small portion of the park is actually open to tourism, what I saw was incredible. It is with no small effort that the park is even open at all, and I have a huge respect for the park rangers trying to protect the wildlife.

But actually, it's not just the wildlife they're protecting. In a story by The Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/08/congo-rangers-wildlife-gorillas-war) over the weekend, the director of the park and Belgian prince, Emmanuel de Merode speaks to the efforts and human costs by the park's rangers. It's a great quick read that may help you appreciate just exactly how difficult the circumstances are for the Virunga rangers.

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The Iceberg Of Curtiss Bay

Curtiss Bay is a small bay off the coast of Graham Land on the Antarctic Peninsula. The bay was named in 1960 after Glenn Curtiss, an American aviation engineer who was one of the founders of the U.S. aircraft industry. He's credited with having made the first officially witnessed flight in North America and later with the first flight of a seaplane in 1911. Seems like someone worthy of having at least an Antarctic bay named after them.

This was shot on one of the zodiac cruise excursions. While all the excursions start with a zodiac cruise be it extremely short or otherwise, if the conditions or location dictate, occasionally all you can do is go out for a zodiac cruise. This was one of the few zodiac only cruises, which was filled with some beautiful ice bergs like the one here, as well as various seal and bird wildlife sightings.
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The Cars You Meet When Walking In Cienfuegos

My time in Cienfuegos was quite short - just a few hours, but I think I managed to cover a good amount of ground during that time. Walking along the prado reveals one worn down colonial building after another. A beautiful and interesting site to see, filled with various shops and people to fill them. The side streets however, reveal a different story.

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