Tanzania
Tanzania

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  • Day1

    Day 1: The day before the big hike

    February 2 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Jambo! Jambo! (Swahili, means “hello”)

    Last night I have arrived at my final destination for the next few days: Kilimandscharo.

    And this morning I got very lucky and was able to see a little tiny bit of the top 😱

    I am super excited about this hike starting tomorrow morning. Let’s see if all the training, preparations and investment in professional equipment will pay off. Keep fingers crossed I will make it to the top ✌️🗻🏃‍♀️Read more

  • Day6

    Day 6: Is day 5 for the Kili adventure

    February 7 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Now, what do you think? Did I reach Uhuru Peak (5,895m)? The roof of Africa? One of the world’s seven summits?

    Of course I did 🙏🏃‍♀️🗻💪✌️🏔

    I am proud. Proud of this strong body 🏃‍♀️. Proud of me doing this all by myself 👸🏼. Proud of fulfilling this dream of mine ✨. Proud of my mental strength 💪. Proud of my willingness to never give up ✌️. Proud of doing something I never thought I would be able to do 🦸🏼‍♀️.

    Will I do it again? Probably not. This has been very, very hard. It was one of the toughest things I have ever done. And this adventure was never meant to be the first of many more climbing adventures (Mount Everest is not next 😉). This was about a dream I had when I was a teenager and fulfilling this dream without waiting for anybody else to come along helping me fulfilling this dream.

    Today’s lesson: I can achieve everything I want and I am enough 🙏✨
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  • Day9

    Day 9: Off to Zanzibar

    February 10 in Tanzania ⋅ 🌬 30 °C

    The Kilimandscharo chapter is finished now and it’s time to start off to a new one: Me time on Zanzibar 🌴🐬🧜🏻‍♀️

    I am staying at this beautiful place called „Zanzibar Retreat Hotel“ 🌴 - it is right at the beach (Matemwe).

    I seriously have never seen a beach this beautiful. Not even Thailand or Mauritius can beat this beauty! The water is turquoise everywhere, warm like a bathtub and the sand ... oh my ... the sand is as soft as the flour we use at home for baking (no kidding).

    So a week of relax and chill? Actually yes, but it’s going to be a challenge. You know how I need stuff to do. On top of that I’m all by myself surrounded by couples, honeymooners and small groups of girlfriends ... but when the waiter asks for my order at dinner time my answer shall be “yes, just me” ... and I shall feel great about it every day 💛

    This week’s challenge: Be happy all by yourself, alone yet never lonely 🙏🥰👩🏼💛 - without having anything to do (believe me, this is a tough one) 😱😬
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  • Day13

    Day 13: Finding Nemo

    February 14 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    So as promised yesterday, today was the day I actually left the hotel compound for the first time 😱

    Still feeling awful from the cold and with a bad stomach ache, but I needed to get out. So snorkeling was today’s activity: On Mnemba island 🌴🐬🐠🐡🧜‍♀️ (Private island owned by Bill Gates ... you cannot set foot on this island without being fined 600 USD; if you want to enter legally, you have to stay at the island’s resort ... about 2,000 USD per night ... maybe next time 🤷🏼‍♀️)

    It was fun. But now I look like a lobster from top to bottom 🦞😱🦞😱🦞

    There are more pictures to come ... I just need to wait until I get them from the other tourists with the under water GoPro.
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  • Day15

    Day 15: Time to say goodbye

    February 16 in Tanzania ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Well, that’s it, today is my last day in paradise and also my last day in Tanzania - for now! Because I will come back in March.

    I spent my last day at the beach, in the pool and outside of the hotel exploring the surroundings a bit ... see for yourself but to me it was quite shocking that I can stay at this beautiful resort and just behind its walls there is people living ... uhm ... differently.

    Tanzania is a beautiful country. But it’s poor. It needs help. It deserves so much help because the people here are extremely friendly, they live in peace. So I’m already thinking about what I can do ...
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  • Day3

    Day 3: Is day 2 for the Kili adventure

    February 4 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Habari za asubuhi!
    (Swahili, means “good morning”)

    I have survived my first night at Kilimandscharo in a tent 💪🏕🏔. It’s a challenge, believe me: Cold, hard floor and loud people who apparently want to make this hike without any sleep 🤷‍♀️. But all in all I’m still grateful for 5 hours of sleep 🙏.

    The hardest part is the night at this stage and the thin air. I woke up several times coughing, feeling that I can’t breathe. To be honest, I was actually anxious and wanted to quit...But this morning it was all gone. And I’m not a quitter ... not yet 💪🏃‍♀️!

    So after a fabulous breakfast with Nutella, porridge and omelette, we start our journey to the next camp: Shira Cave Camp!
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  • Day10

    Day 10: A culture of peace and happiness

    February 11 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Sorry for the late post...I’ve been busy doing nothing 🤷🏼‍♀️ 🌴🐬😎

    You know what I love about this country? The Hakuna Matata attitude (Swahili, means „no worries“ - so no it’s not just a thing invented by Disney’s Lion King). Everyone seems to be relaxed and happy.

    The best example of this is the many different tribes and religions living peacefully together in this county. Tanzania is home to more than 100 different ethnic groups and while approximately 60% of the population is Christian, there are also 35% of people following the Muslim belief (in Zanzibar it’s even more than 90%). And guess what, no war. No fights. No hate. 🙏💛

    I find this fascinating. This is not exactly a rich country measured per GDP, but still the people living here manage to set an example for the world 👍✌️

    One of the drivers I had told me that his dad is Muslim and his mom is Christian. On Sunday each of them attends a different service and the kids can chose whom to accompany until they are old enough to decide which faith to follow. I think this is fabulous. Absolutely fabulous. And I wish the rest of the world would do a better job in accepting people’s differences.

    Okay so this day was a “critical about society” day ... having nothing to do but think, these are the thoughts running through my head 😂

    PS: Simba is also Swahili language and means „Lion“...Disney apparently did a good research for their movie 🦁👌
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  • Day12

    Day 12: 33 degrees and I have a cold

    February 13 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Really can you believe it? It’s hot, so hot and I have to stay in bed to survive a cold 🤧

    Anyways ... I will be fine - as always 💪

    But being with a cold, I have decided “that’s it”. No more relaxation. Apparently too much rest weakens my body 😉

    So I have booked some trips for the remaining three days. I will keep you posted.

    As I have not done anything special today (not even read), here are just some random photos I took during the day.
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  • Day2

    Day 2: Is day 1 for the Kili adventure

    February 3 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    We took off at noon (Machame Gate 1,800m) and arrived at the first camp (Machame Camp 2,835m) right before 6pm - 6 hours of walking through the jungle 🌿🌱🍃. Now all the walks to work and my Alster training with all of my friends really pay off 💪🏃‍♀️ I did well until 5pm... then I got really tired and could feel pain in my legs and feet.

    But I made it! And I’m proud, because so far I’m doing great. And this body of mine really deserves a big applause - 7 vaccine shots and lots of training in January plus lots of stress, but not the slightest sign of feeling weak, falling down the stairs at Tchibo one day before take-off leaving nothing but a bruise, and now climbing this mountain with no problem adjusting to heights (so far), at a good pace and with nothing but aching feet (which is normal) 💪🏃‍♀️.

    Today’s lesson: Love and appreciate your body for what it is (i.e., healthy, strong, beautiful) and don’t shame it for what it’s not (i.e., Victoria’s Secret model 😉)

    PS: My team prepared the most delicious food tonight 🥑🥒🥔 and I have been lucky to see the most amazing sky full of stars (really, I have never seen anything like this before 💫✨⭐️).

    All in all a perfect day to be grateful for 🙏

    Asante sana!
    (Swahili, means “thanks very much”)
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  • Day7

    Day 7: Thank you to the ppl of Tanzania

    February 8 in Tanzania ⋅ 🌧 24 °C

    Before I start the next day, I would like to tell you a bit about the people of this beautiful country, Tanzania 🇹🇿

    This adventure would have not been possible if it wasn’t for Gaston (my Kili guide) and his wonderful team of porters and chefs (eight men in total).

    They have been so very kind and helpful to me throughout the entire trip 🙏

    All the time other tourists kept asking me whether I am climbing all alone and whether I would like to join their group. But I was never alone. I was always with nine great men.

    Their jobs are tough, the porters carry about 20kg when climbing the mountain and they have to be at camp before the tourists - wearing gear that is not exactly suitable for climbing one of the seven summits.

    Nevertheless, the guys always invited me to their tent for the meals, treated me with friendliness and respect, taught me some Swahili and about their life and culture.

    I have found something very valuable in the past few days: New friends and new perspectives on life 🙏

    And then at the hotel, the entire staff would surprise me at dinner with a local song and some cake 🍰 ... I couldn’t help but cry ... all in all a very emotional day 🙏

    I fell in love with this country, it’s scenery and it’s people 🇹🇿💛
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You might also know this place by the following names:

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