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Walking the streets of Mombasa

By Thushan Amarasiriwardena | Comments Off March 30th, 2008

Situated along Kenya’s Indian Ocean seaboard, Mombasa’s prime location and calm waters made this island a much coveted city. In Kiswahili the town earned the name Kisiwa Cha Mvita – the “Island of War” – because of the numerous forceful land grabs made over its long history.   The influence of numerous cultures washing up on its shores, including the Portugese, Arabs, and Indians, all combined with the local East African flair, provides for a spectacularly enchanting place. Walk the streets of Mombasa in today’s photo gallery.

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Thushan Amarasiriwardena

, former Senior Multimedia Producer at The Boston Globe, has always loved telling a great story. Combining his eye for visual story telling and his technical background in computer science at North Carolina State University, Thushan has reported on business, sports and travel for The Globe. You can find his site here.

Michael Kurtz

, graduated with a degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His thesis research focused on the intersection of race and music in Northeastern Brazil. He worked previously as A&R and Production Coordinator for Putumayo World Music, an international music record label based in New York City. You can find his site here.

Brian Rogers

graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies, and has traveled extensively in Latin America.

Alicia Conway

is LongJaunt's home base chief and a Technical Producer for The Boston Globe. She joined and contributed with the team out in England, Kenya, Tanzania, The Netherlands and Thailand.