Joined January 2020
  • Day199

    Germany, are you kidding me?

    July 3 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    I just flew in from probably the East-African epicenter of "Corona Corona Coronaaa" (in Tanzania it's officially over and everybody behaves as if nothing ever happened) and here nobody cares at all! I walked out of the airport and was greeted by the police with "welcome back", borded the train, the tram, my sofa. Nobody checked where I'm coming from, where I'm going to. The health ministry tells me on the phone that I have to isolate now and that I can escape isolation with a test which I have to pay 150 € for. But their call center is not reachable for 2 hours. What I observe here is the professional implementation of nonsense. Prost!Read more

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  • Day199

    Good morning fools

    July 3 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Finally I joined this well-hyped game of yours. Had to invest some thousand euros in the end but I am not yet sure if I will draw as much pleasure from it as you.

  • Day197

    Adiós!

    July 1 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Eckhard gives me a ride to the city center where we join Ibrahim for a quick lunch. I met Ibrahim at MamboViewPoint Lodge and he took my brake calipers to Dar a few weeks ago. His family is into Indian trading business, dealing with garments, Tanzanian-grown and locally-processed cashews and spices. He proudly showed me old photos of their shop and his family back in 1927! Wonderful people and a great place to return to :-)

    The plane is supposed to depart at 16:30. At 16:28 they call me out because of a security issue with my backpack. Hahahahaha :-D They did not like my colourful conglomerate and especially my Tanzanian black tea! Thanks to me we start 20 minutes delayed :-P
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  • Day197

    Bla

    July 1 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    We enjoy our last delicious Tanzanian street foodi before I drop Philipp at the airport and continue to the city center in order to clean off my mobile home's patina which I worked so hard on during the past 5.5 months.
    Dar es Salaam is calmer than ever and feels very relaxing. Probably nothing changed since my last visit and it's rather interesting to observe how I adapted to this country. Once you become accustomed to the people, their habits, the every-day standard life, nothing can really knock you off any more. Situations which where stressing or uncomfortable before just don't arise and you start focussing your perception on all these many more tiny cultural details which satisfy your thirst. You finally arrived :-)

    Since Corona has been officially declared to be over a few weeks ago the people changed. They are warmer, friendlier, more open. I would call them "normal again". At least they seem to be happy and don't run away from big white guys any more :-D
    I usually avoid to talk about bullshitting politics but I cannot forbear to comment on this whole "situation" that maaaaybe this country's government - even though it has been criticized so thoroughly during the last months for it's scarce actions - is one of the few ones having reacted in the "right way". At least in the most reasonable way considering the country's economical and especially social structure. All the others just cry and throw curses because they are envious and cannot stand the truth. I know, this is pretty difficult to imagine and to realize for westerly-oriented paper pushers from their far and fancy thrones. But if you want to be capable of understanding, spend some time here.
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  • Day195

    Back to Bwaga-Moyo

    June 29 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Bwaga-Moyo means "where I put my heart down". It marks the end of one of the main former slave trade routes. We enjoy the calm spirit of this historic town, being empty of tourists, and explore the beach and many backyard roads yielding old ruins and pure friendliness of the local people. We leave, with smiling hearts.Read more

  • Day193

    1976

    June 27 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    On the way back to the coast we spend two relaxing days at Uwe's Paradise Eco Farm in Lushoto and say good bye to Gerd and Jutta with their huge MAN world travelling truck. One afternoon I get the opportunity to join Uwe on his way down and up the steep access path through muddy mountains slopes in his 1976 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 and I feel like Indiana Jones!Read more

  • Day191

    "Zum Glück kam Corona!"

    June 25 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Philipp says as we enjoy our last sunset beer at MamboViewPoint. While Europe and the rest of the world freaked out in self-flagellation we probably shared the three most unforgettable months of our lives up here in peace. Cheers!Read more

  • Day188

    Cool!

    June 22 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    The choice to build my car’s interior from wood proves to be a good one. It is way more robust than expected – even the partly used poplar multiplex – and I can extend it anytime. Today I finally managed to neatly integrate the cooler box which I bought in Cape Town. Since then it was always flying around which is especially annoying when not having a fully packed car, meaning, when travelling alone. So, this weekend I was the main customer of the MamboViewPoint carpentry. It took half a day of engineering and another half day to build this thing. I cut a part out of my upper bed layer and reused this as base plate for the fridge unit. There were various reasons for not centring the fridge in the middle of the car with the major being the possibility to use one of the heavy seat screws to fasten the plate to the ground. Also, it keeps a nice big gap between the seats to reach in the back under the bed from the front seat row. Somebody always hides a snack box there ;-) The small fridge is unmovably aligned on the wooden base and simply tied down with two Seilflechter straps. Dat sitzt bombenfest, Digga! I like to tie down stuff. It’s so stupid and simplifies all kinds of designs in regard of rattle-free installation in the car. The bed is the best example. The fridge’s lid is super-stupidly designed because it’s not flat but still, you don’t really feel it when lying on the bed. It is easy reachable by quickly uplifting the cushions. Done.Read more

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