Greetings from São Tomé and Príncipe, a
peaceful island nation in Africa, right on the equator. Arrived here
today on assignment for a documentary about the equator. The Pico Cão
Grande (Portuguese for Great Dog Peak) is a landmark needle-shaped
volcanic plug in Obo National Park, rises dramatically about 370 m
(1,000 ft) over the terrain. @natgeocreative@natgeo#africa#saotome#road
“When I was younger I saw my daddy cry,
And curse at the wind.
He broke his own heart and I watched,
As he tried to reassemble it;
And my momma swore,
That she would never let herself forget.
And that was the day that I promised,
I’d never sing of love if it does not exist;
But darling, you are the only exception.
Maybe I know somewhere,
Deep in my soul,
That love never lasts;
And we’ve got to find other ways,
To make it alone,
Or keep a straight face.
And I’ve always lived like this,
Keeping a comfortable distance.
And up until now I’ve sworn to myself,
That I’m content with loneliness,
Because none of it was ever worth the risk;
Well, you are the only exception.
I’ve got a tight grip on reality,
But I can’t let go of what’s in front of me, here.
I know you’re leaving in the morning;
When you wake up,
Leave me with some kind of proof it’s not a dream.
You are the only exception,
And I’m on my way to believing.”
In her first running of the Boston Marathon, Edna Kiplagat powered across the finish line of the Boston Marathon this month nearly a minute ahead of her closest rival. Kiplagat made the 26.2 mile outing look like a spirited jog in the park. She even clocked a blazingly fast 5:02 minute mile at the 20-mile mark of Boston’s storied road race.
And now, as she does after every major race, she’s taking two weeks off.
“I’m in my second week of that right now relaxing at home with my husband,” she says when reached by phone at her farm outside Eldoret, Kenya, in the western highlands. “In the afternoon, we take our children to play. My son likes golf. And my daughter likes swimming. We take them to the Eldoret Club for two hours, then come home.”