Kitende   single mom with her children in their one room house




just a glimpse, stay tuned for more to explore  ·  MilesAstray unfolds in retrospect. I was living these stories full time, now I’m penning them down. Head over to the countries page for the latest places/stories.


a glimpse


glimpse: MONSTER IN THE WEST | Daggers for teeth, we eat their jungles, feast on ill-gotten shiny minerals we can’t digest, starve them with our greed. We harness their kids to propel a petty consumption that consumes the planet, scorching the straws they clutch at, flooding the hopes they sow. And when their land is raped and their life scarred, once their only survival is being repotted without roots, we shut our eyes and hearts and doors. We are the monster in the west.

impoverished single mom in Uganda with her child
Brick made from mud in Uganda


glimpse: BRICK LORD |

A summer's work
Mud burned into brick
Soil fruit in his hand
Blocks growing from the ground, layer by layer
His blood in them, his scrapes their scrapes
All colors earthy in this dirt rainbow
A son's son and a father's father
Glass bead cataract eyes with a vision
Youth in his age, warmth in his strength
Always helper
A giver this builder
Building more than just a building
Giving more than just hope
Giving love 
To those children in his care
Packed like sardines in the old dorm
School principal, custodian angel
The first step always the right step
A long time coming, a long ways away
Brick kingdom lying dormant underneath the drapes
Large shirt, but he larger, larger than life
Few know his name
Mud hero


Lake Bunyonyi   islets

Lake Victoria   headland

Starry night sky at Lake Victoria, Uganda

among stars


Lake Victoria







places / stories

Entebbe / Tent in Ruins

yet to be written

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Kitende / Survival Artists

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Lake Bunyonyi / Tough Negotiations, Overland Terror & Ghost Nonprofits

yet to be written

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Lake Victoria / Beer, Rolex, Stars

yet to be written

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photos | people

Not Pity Poor: Grace of the Life Lottery's Runner Ups

fortitude and perseverance forged in a hard place

Pity is misplaced here; awareness is welcome and so is action. There are many ways to even out the chances of a slanted life lottery... see more

reads | travel

Volunteering Motives - Who Helps Whom and Why

Can volunteering abroad truly be selfless and whom does it actually help?

...we can all just go on a quest for our own motives to do something social (might that be altruistic or not) and do our best to actually contribute to the empowerment of local communities and the alteration of disadvantageous global structures... read more

photos | landscapes


lands of earth-old tales

Considering that Africa is thought to be our cradle, this journey leads through the first landscapes humans ever laid eyes on – mystical soil that spans from the oldest desert in the world to the enormous wetlands of the Okavango Delta, across lush mountain ranges to turquoise coastlines. see more

photos | urban


streets of disparity, mazes for the senses

a patchwork of colorful culture, systemic poverty and flaunted luxuries see more





in Africa