Alexis Borochoff

  • 15 Reasons To Give A Hoot About African Owls

    By Alexis Borochoff, 7:43 am

    Owls have been feared since ancient times, considered symbols of death or bad omens. Some Swahili believe owls bring illness to children. In parts of Cameroon and Nigeria, some consider owls right up there with Voldemort in the Harry Potter series — too evil to name. But owls also have fan clubs — birders who have the passion and means to travel to Africa and look for owls on birding tours. If you don’t agree that owls deserve their bad reputation, owls can be quite amusing. Here’s a little levity on the topic.

  • Macho Men In Makeup: 15 Things You Didn’t Know About The Wodaabe

    wodaabe By Alexis Borochoff, 7:00 am

    Few indigenous tribes in Africa are as focused on beauty as the Wodaabe people, nomadic cattle herders and traders of the Sahel. Looking good is the norm for the Wodaabe, known as some of the most beautiful people in Africa. When a Wodaabe youth turns 15, he officially becomes a man and gets a cow and a communal celebration. Now begins the work of making himself more attractive to please women.

  • 15 Things You Didn’t Know About The Maasai People

    By Alexis Borochoff, 8:00 am

    Africa is home to some of the last surviving traditional cultures on Earth. The Maasai people, one of the best-known tribes, are recognized for their unique and ancient rituals, attire and beliefs. But they are slowly modernizing, and more and more younger members are leaving their homelands and traditions for life in the city. Here are 15 things you didn’t know about the Maasai people of Kenya and Tanzania.

  • ‘Green’ Africa: 10 Sustainable Hotels, Lodges And Other Buildings

    Africa's Hotel Boom By Alexis Borochoff, 12:20 pm

    African developers are increasingly turning to eco-friendly building practices, which can be seen in hotels, safari lodges, and business parks around the continent. Even though the investment can cost more up front than traditional construction costs, the effort pays off in the end in terms of environmental impact, reduced operating costs, and of course, good publicity.

  • 16 Ways To Eat Biltong, South Africa’s Signature Snack Food

    By Alexis Borochoff, 7:00 pm

    Known for its chewy, gamey texture and flavors stronger than your average beef jerky, this dried, cured meat from South Africa is a must-try for any carnivore with a penchant for savory tastes. Known for being MSG-free and gluten-free, biltong has proved to be a very versatile ingredient in a plethora of dishes, from the predictable to the shocking. Here are 16 ways to eat biltong.

  • Silent Intensity: Experiencing Marrakech, Without Sound

    By Alexis Borochoff, 9:26 am

    We got into the cab. Joe attempted to communicate with the driver, pulled out his own map and pointed at the location. As I watched their halting, awkward attempts to overcome the language barrier, I was reminded of how it is for me in my own country. At that very moment, I felt like my hearing fiancé was getting a dose of what it’s like to be a deaf person in a hearing world.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About The Camel Milk Industry In Africa

    vital camel milk By Alexis Borochoff, 2:43 am

    Experts believe that camel milks could potentially become an even bigger market if the business owners worked at better marketing and advertisement. Little is known about the benefits of camel milk outside of Africa. Camel’s milk is still a new and growing industry with potential to thrive.

  • 15 Beautiful Pieces Of African Pottery

    moroccan pottery By Alexis Borochoff, 5:00 am

    One of the by-products of Africa’s many rich and diverse cultures is the wide array of pottery art. On a continent where machinery is largely absent for pottery-making, most artists work with their hands, giving the pottery personal touches — every culture has its own style and artistic perspective.

  • 15 Things To Do In Oran, Algeria’s ‘Second City’

    oran algeria By Alexis Borochoff, 5:00 am

    Dubbed the “Little Paris of North Africa,” Oran is a beautiful Algerian city with rich French and Spanish history. Very little is known about Oran outside of Algeria, but it’s slowly growing into a desirable tourist destination. From exploring ancient Ottoman ruins to admiring French Baroque architecture, here are 15 things to do in Oran.

  • 15 Things You Didn’t Know About The Maasai People

    By Alexis Borochoff, 5:19 am

    Africa is home to some of the last surviving traditional cultures on Earth. The Maasai people, one of the most well-known tribes, are recognized for their unique and ancient rituals, attire and beliefs. Here are 15 things you didn’t know about the Maasai people of Kenya and Tanzania.