• The Taj Mahal – Believe the Hype

    ‘The Taj Mahal rises above the banks of the river like a solitary tear suspended on the cheek of time.’ – Rabindranath Tagore When something becomes as overexposed as the Taj Mahal has, you have to wonder if it could possibly live up to its reputation. It is surely the first thing anyone wants to

  • Opening the library and farewell to KYGN

    We’d been at the KYGN School for nearly a week, and time was running out. So much so that I could even hear Matt Bellamy’s screeching voice and picture diplomatic/military delegates doing morbid synchronised dance moves around a table (my brain likes to play random association games sometimes, especially when stressed). We only had one

  • Working on the library

    Rising bright and early for our first day at the KYGN School, and it was time to get down to proper work. As I mentioned, the building itself was already up: more often than not, people looked surprised when I told them this was the case. But the simple fact is, the library building itself

  • The Fear

    I was sifting through my work e-mail the other day – yes it’s school holidays at the moment, but it all piles up – and, as is often the case with such things, allowed my mind to wander and indulge itself in looking through my old e-mails related to our recent Tanzania expedition. Most of

  • Arrival at KYGN – The Work Begins!

    The road from Moshi to Mabogini, site of the KYGN School, is long, winding and bumpy. This is nothing exceptional for Tanzania – certainly not in its most rural locations, anyway – but we were travelling in a minibus fitted with a roof rack that had all our baggage, equipment and supplies tenuously strapped to

  • And away we go…

    It’s arrived. It’s been two years in the making and, after many months of planning, fretting, box ticking, training, troubleshooting and all round hard work, it’s almost impossible to believe that it’s now actually happening. We are going to Tanzania: woop! Having a trip in the works for two years or more is nothing new,