I’m a human ecologist and geographer at Virginia Tech in the US. For the past 15 years, I’ve worked with Maasai communities in Simanjiro and Longido.
My first visit to the house, which is now Researcher’s Rest, was as a graduate student in 2005. The memory is so vivid for me. And in 2010, I lived in the house with my wife and our 1-year old daughter while I collected data for my dissertation. Over many years, it has been wonderful to enjoy the warmth of the excellent staff at the house and thrilling to share space and time, food and drink with researchers and travelers from around the world.
In 2019, I was able to return to the house with my wife and our three young children. Sharing this place with them is something I will always treasure. Occasionally, when I jog their memories about our exciting trip to Africa, one of them will say “I miss Eddie.” I couldn’t agree more.