I am young. female. American.
I am an engineer. development worker. globe trotter.
I am a runner. rock climber. dancer.
I am a keen learner. never-ending questioner. passionate driver.
I am a risk taker. stereotype defier. comfort zone pusher.

I first packed up my backpack in June, 2008. Since then, I’ve been to over 20 different countries, and counting. I received a post-graduate traveling fellowship from my university, and the primary focus of my travels it to explore technology and development in eastern Africa. Who is working on what. How are they doing it. Where are they doing it. What is effective and what is not. I started in Ethiopia and have been making my way south overland (with a few deviations along the way).

My writing and photography attempts to capture my observations, thoughts, and experiences during my travels. This includes ideas on designing and implementing appropriate technologies in addition to observations on local cultures. After all, both must work together in this field.

I will continue to live out of my backpack until October, 2010, when I will unpack it in England for a year. But I will undoubtedly continue to travel.

Some of my favorite posts to get you started:

my motivation. my work. my thoughts on NGOs. my reason to givemy guiding principles. my criticisms. my glimpse into reality. my passion. my struggle with technology. my religion. my travel mishaps. my entertainment.