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  • 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

  • Day185

    Between heaven and hell

    June 19 in Tanzania ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Hellyeah, I love far from home office! Between all those video conferencing bla bla bla appointments there is always time for some crazygoing. "Oh, sorry guys, my mobile internet connection is about to break down, see ya t'morrow!". And off I go out of my cottage to fire up my all-time favourite Swedish Trangia storm stove which I pimped with an Optimus Nova multifuel burner some 10 years ago. Here around Zambia and Tanzania you find pure kerosene (petroleum) at every second fuel station for 0.5 EUR per litre and this stuff burns pretty cleanly. I can cook for 8-14 days on just half a litre of kerosene.

    For two weeks now I'm experimenting with sour dough bread and it is just about time to test if baking bread would also be possible on the road without a real oven. Both test prove positive. The first subject has a higher portion of whole-grain wheat which I also used to start the sour dough and it raises excessively so that I have to put a stone on the lid. In this first round I use a flat stone deflector to scatter the flames in order for the dough not to burn at the bottom of the pot. Works well but baking time is nearly 1.5 hours and consumes around 40 grams of kerosene. But!! This first camping bread from a rather soggy dough is far the best of all I have baked so far! Unbeaten in juiciness, aroma, texture, satisfaction! Cut a slice, apply olive oil, salt ... and off you go straight to heaven.

    The second subject is a pure white wheat dough which is more reluctant to raise – probably due to the sour dough having been started with whole-grain flour initially – but now my deflector shield is a thin metal piece cut from a broken kitchen grater. The dough is smaller and the bread is finished after almost 30 minutes. A bit too hot from the bottom but I also powered the stove more than before. You should never adjust two parameters at the same time in an experiment ...

    On the road this procedure will be pretty straight-forward: Arriving at the designated campsite I will be putting a freshly built dough under the bonnet to accompany the warm engine over night. In the mornings during camp breaking I will leave it on the stove and enjoy crunchy orgasms during the day and the following evening. Hellyeah!
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