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Dar es Salaam to Mbamba Bay (part 1 of 3): Vicarious living and unexpected gems

“I waited for Athu for 45 minutes that morning, but he never showed. Quite disappointed I left in search of a new shifter and cable to fix my steel horse. When I returned to Kibwana’s house later that day he… Continue Reading →

Nairobi to Dar es Salaam – Part II

”Once the rain cleared up the Captain pulled into the shallows in front of some fancy resort and dropped the four of us, our two bicycles and all of our belongings right there on the beach. To the onlookers sipping… Continue Reading →

Nairobi to Dar es Salaam – Part I

“While inspecting the wheel once more just outside of Same, a gentleman stopped next to us and asked what was wrong. He suggested we go camp at the Elephant Motel and, in true Tanzanian spirit, phoned ahead to let them… Continue Reading →

Nelson Mandela – African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) at Arusha, Tanzania

Arusha lies at the foothills of Mnt Meru, Mnt Kilimanjaro’s little brother, and is the gathering point for many Serengeti safaris and Kilimanjaro excursions. Kilimanjaro is only about 60 km east of Meru, but as the highest free-standing mountain on… Continue Reading →

Biosciences eastern and central Africa – International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI)

It has been 265 glorious but tough kilometers since I left Nairobi 3 days ago and I am now writing to you from my cousin’s house in Usa River, Tanzania. Usa River is located just east of Arusha, the starting… Continue Reading →

The Kenya Medical Research Institute, Nairobi (Kenya)

Last Friday, the 27th of May 2016, marked the ‘official-official’ start of my #Cycling4AntibioticAction & #ScienceInAfrica cycle tour. Although technically I have not begun touring yet, I did use my bicycle to navigate 8 km of the Nairobi roads, where… Continue Reading →

Not getting on the steel horse just yet

For the past two months I have been counting down the days until I depart on my #Cycling4AntibioticAction & #ScienceInAfrica adventure. Yesterday departure day finally arrived. But I am not quite getting on the steel horse just yet 😀 Two… Continue Reading →

Happy to have been here and happy to go

Finally, after counting down the last 60 days at an exponential rate, the departure day for my #Cycling4AntibioticAction & #ScienceInAfrica adventure has arrived. With it comes immense excitement and a feeling of true happiness. Over the last 4 years and… Continue Reading →

Not until I finished!

The plan was to pedal 40 miles on a bike trainer while the All Star team of the Palouse River Rollers battled it out against the Williamette Kidney Thieves this past Saturday. When the final whistle blew the Palouse River… Continue Reading →

Did plasmids always carry resistance genes?

Bacteria have the amazing ability to transfer genetic information between completely unrelated species. There are various processes by which this can occur, but one particularly relevant process that happens quite frequently is plasmid-mediated conjugation. If you have not read some of my earlier… Continue Reading →

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