Marleen Relling

Joined January 2019Living in: Hamburg, Deutschland
  • Day7

    Day 6: Time for a Test

    September 7, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Today was THE big day for all of us as we had to take a test on coffee farming in the morning 😱

    The goods news is: We have all passed the exam. The funny news is: I scored almost 100% - but right before I handed in my exam I changed one answer because I saw my colleague gave a different answer... and this answer was wrong 😂 my original answer was correct 😂 but anyways, I passed so it’s all good.

    In the afternoon I rewarded myself with a walk up to Mweka gate of Kilimandscharo national park ... a trip down memory lane. Very emotional actually. But I was more than happy that I had the opportunity to come back to this special place again 🙏
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  • Day6

    Day 5: The Coffee Mill & Moshi

    September 6, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Time to leave the farm and visit a coffee mill in Moshi 👌💪. This is the final step for coffee production and we have learned a lot.

    After a morning full of learning about the milling process, we were able to visit Moshi and do a little bit of shopping.

  • Day5

    Day 4: The Coffee Nursery

    September 5, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Another day of working on the farm. Today we visited the nursery where new coffee plants are grown 🌱🌱🌱.

    This was a very fun day as we were able to do all the planting ourselves - from planting small coffee beans in the nursery to planting a fully grown tree out in the field.

  • Day4

    Day 3: The Coffee Farm

    September 4, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Today we had the opportunity to learn about how coffee is harvested and processed on the local farm 🌱☕️🌱.

    The best part was that we had the chance to interact with local people on the farm - we teamed up with the farm workers and competed in teams against each other for picking the cherries as well as for sorting the coffee beans.

    And at the end of the day I was lucky to get a little view of Mount Kilimandscharo 💛
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  • Day3

    Day 2: Coffee Tasting

    September 3, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Today was all about tasting. Tasting the differences of coffee beans as well as preparation types. Well, I’m not really good at it - it’s similar to wine tasting and needs practice - but at least I can tell that differences exist 😉😇

    Surprisingly, it is quite cold in Tanzania 🇹🇿 🥶 I’m really freezing in the morning as well as at night ... I can tell that I’m going to catch a cold soon 🤒 But during the day it is perfect weather. And our hosts are amazing - before going to bed they place a hot-water bottle underneath our blankets 🙏Read more

  • Day2

    Day 1: Back in Tanzania

    September 2, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    🇹🇿🇹🇿🇹🇿Tanzania🇹🇿🇹🇿🇹🇿Moshi🇹🇿🇹🇿🇹🇿

    I can’t believe that I’m back. Already. After only a few months. I always knew that I would come back some day ... but this is just amazing 🙏

    I’m off to Tanzania to learn about coffee, from farming to roasting 🧐 ☕️ 🌿

    Today was all about getting to know our hosts, the group, the farm and basics about coffee. And to adjust to the climate. The farm is at 1.350m (at the lower end of mount Kilimandscharo) - so it’s freezing cold, all day. But especially at night.

    And I can already tell that I don’t ever want to go back home again (but I will, no worries)... just like the last time I came I fell in love again with the people, nature and life on this continent.💛🇹🇿
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  • Day67

    Day 60-67: This is it ... for now

    April 9, 2019 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Nothing lasts forever and so 2.5 months of traveling have come to an end. In the past nine weeks I have traveled through nine countries: 🇰🇪 🇺🇬 🇷🇼 🇹🇿 🇲🇼 🇿🇲 🇿🇼 🇧🇼 🇿🇦 Each of these countries has definitely won my heart, Africa is a beautiful place ... because of its landscape and wildlife but mostly because of its people 💛🙏 Africa feels like home - and who knows, maybe one day it will be 😉

    I have spent the last days of this trip in South Africa 🇿🇦, Johannesburg. Why of all places Johannesburg you might think?! I have chosen this place because it’s the home of someone very special to me 💛 We have known each other for a very long time but have just now discovered how important we are to each other. I already miss him and his friends a lot and I can’t wait to see them again! (sorry, I haven’t taken many pics)

    This entire trip was epic. A once in a lifetime experience. I have grown so much and so I can truly say that I am a very happy girl who has found her true self again. I am so full of love for myself and happy just being with me, myself and I 🙏✨💛 I am full of energy for anything that comes next 💪 and have decided that I will never ever let anyone or anything (i.e., fear) stand in the way of what my hearts tells me to do. After all, I have only one purpose in life: To be happy 🙏 (so do all of you by the way 😉)

    I’m going back to the real world today. This is quite scary but exciting at the same time and I cannot wait to see what happens in the future ✨🥰💛
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  • Day58

    Day 58: Ghanzi (Kalahari) & the San

    March 31, 2019 in Botswana ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Once everyone arrived back in Maun, we travelled further south to the Kalahari area to stay at a lodge/campsite which is run by the San people

    Once we got there we were taken on a short bush walk to learn about the San peoples’ traditions and their knowledge of plants’ medical power 🌱 🌿🍃 I find it actually a bit sad that the still existing tribes like Masai and San are now tourist attractions ... but I guess this way they get their income. And they have done a really nice job. At night they performed some local dances (crazy!) and told us some stories at a fireplace 💃🕺🔥

    Well, this is almost it. Only one more day before I travel to South Africa 🇿🇦, the final destination of my trip. On the one hand I’m glad that the Nomad life is almost over (it is exhausting, believe me), but on the other hand I’m not at all ready to go home ... I don’t even know how to fit in anymore in my old life as Africa has truly won my heart 💛✨🙏
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  • Day58

    Day 55-58: Okavango Delta 5.0

    March 31, 2019 in Botswana ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Before leaving camp and saying goodbye to the Delta, we went for a final sunrise walk in the bush - no animals but a very beautiful sunrise 👌☀️

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