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  • Day137

    Strange creatures everywhere

    May 2 in Tanzania ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    Days pass by like pieces of a bar of chocolate. I didn’t have good chocolate for months though! Two weeks since I returned here and in a few days I have to extend my visa again. I can spend a whole day chasing the dogs or petting the cat, watching the clouds or letting a chameleon climb from my sleeve through the beard on my head. Strange creatures everywhere. Lizards eating spiders half of their own size, for example. In the invasive black wattle trees I found a caterpillar carrying several tiny, vertical cocoons on its back. Nobody knew what that was. I did some research. It turns out to be a caterpillar which has been blessed by a parasitoid wasp of the Braconidae family. Theses wasps lay eggs under the skin of caterpillars. The larvae then feed on the caterpillar’s juices while the caterpillar keeps marching on and harvesting the plants of his desire. Finally, the larvae exit his body and build their cocoons on his outside while he continues his daily business. Here we go. I put the caterpillar in a box and made him my experiment. His name is Donald.

    Meanwhile I planted a few more trees and enjoy the extraordinary food. Eggs on home-made bread, tomatoes and cheese, tons of bush avocado, local orange marmalade, fresh juices and cereals with yoghurt for breakfast. Spinach pies, Polish gołąbki, self-made pasta or potato salads and rich soups for lunch and/or dinner. Banana or guava bread with coffee and chai masala in between.

    One day Jutta and Markus on two German KTM motorbikes came for a coffee. They travel "from north to south", stay in Lushoto right now and were on a day trip around the mountains. As it gets colder Philipp and I spend the evenings at the fire and I regularly use my oven in the cottage. I like to sit in my bed and do crappy stuff on the computer, like writing this blog post, while listening to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve 'n' Seagulls, Snarky Puppy or Slagsmålsklubben ;-) Now and then I support the local organisation with geodata expertise and empower the people with QGIS. Preferably also from my bed office. On Monday I will restart working remotely in Germany in far-from-home-office style. Exciting!
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  • Day99

    Home office?

    March 25 in Tanzania ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    Fight nature with nature: Toast à la Cheesus with onions, garlic, aromatic habanero and tomato for lunch (germ-free zone), polska szarlotka in the afternoons (Dagmara knows her business!), coffee all around the clock und nen guaden Grappa for sun set. Our night watchman patrols with a
    small brown sheep and the bush baby in the nearby tree always has an eye on me. Doesn't sound like the end of the world, does it?
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  • Day97

    Going to hell. Not.

    March 23 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    The Zanzibar flight is restricted to 50 persons and primarily designated for island tourists. According to the embassy my chances to get a slot are small so I don't risk all the stress getting there in half the time I would need. The mainland airport in Dar-es-Salaam is still in regular operation even though the flights to Germany are sparse with obscure transits for prices I would not pay right now where "thinks are still normal here". There might be skylifts planned later for all the other volunteers and expats scattered around but Tanzania has low priority at this moment. The embassy is currently gathering info about all people left in the country. All land borders are closed so whatever I will be doing, it'll all be branded "Tanzanian experience 2.0" ;-)

    As for now, I keep enjoying my coffee and fix some pending issues around the car. Maybe I continue tomorrow. Maybe not. This spot is just too pretty!

    If necessary, from here I can be in Dar within one day and the chances are high that my new mechanics' friends could take care of my car at their well-guared lawn.
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  • 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

  • Day113

    Pushing rains uphill

    April 8 in Tanzania ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    Again I climb into the Usambara mountains and join two other overlanding Germans, Jutta and Gerd, in Lushoto at the Paradise Eco Lodge where we are hosted by Uwe from Germany who is living here with his Tanzanian wife, 3 kids and his mom. With me I bring rain for the next three days.

    Jutta and Gerd are travelling in their mobile home, an old Bundeswehr Kategorie-1 4x4 truck (13-litre air-cooled V8 diesel), through the world without any time schedule and within the last 4-5 years they managed to get from Germany around the Arabic peninsula not further than down to here. Wonderful! :-D They tell me many valuable things about the coming countries up north on my planned route and also motivate me to think about Oman. I enjoy family breakfasts, lunches and dinners and finally continue "back home" to Mambo View Point over Easter.

    Check out Jutta's and Gerd's website: https://im-kat-zuhause.jimdofree.com
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  • Day138

    Cave hike

    May 3 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    This Sunday is hiking day and we explore some caves north of Mambo. Far more impressive are the great views we get from the rocks above the caves!

    Unfortunately during the hike one of the dogs tries to snack a sheep and we are forced to buy it from the owner. At the lodge it gets treatment and joins Dolly, the other sheep which has been attacked by a dog before. Two days later while trying to perform in home officing I will be going to witness sheep legs, a sheep's head and sheep ribs being carried through our premises. Dolly is alone again.Read more

  • Day178

    From 4x2 back to 4x4

    June 12 in Tanzania ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    After Eckhard invented some innovative welding solutions to get the most stubborn piston out of the brake caliper he wonderfully refurbished the remaining parts and in total just two of the eight pistons had to be replaced. Spare parts for my Toyota Prado are pretty easy to get here as many of this model are still on the roads. Cleaned, with new sealings and brake pads everything looks very promising! Exchanging the brake fluid and bleedig turns out to be much less of a hassle than suspected! The very same evening I have a nice sunset test drive with Philipp through Mamboooo.Read more

  • Day96

    Cheesus!

    March 22 in Tanzania ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Brown, heavy bread, jucy avocado, aromatic tomatoes, citronpeppar from Sweden, locally made rosmary gouda and passion fruit jam, accompanied with Tanzanian freshly ground coffee from fincas south of Kilimanjaro =)

    Apart from calling me "Jesus!" all the time, since yesterday the young generation sympathizes with the new nickname "Corona!" for all non-locals. From heaven to hell in one day! -_-
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  • Day103

    Pa pa!

    March 29 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Didn't expect to having been talking and thinking a whole week in Polish during this trip. After seven nights camping deluxe I say "Pa pa!" to my new family at the heaven's gate and descend via Lushoto (stopping for cheese, local coffee and jam) in direction to Mkomazi National Park which is north "just around the corner". The whole day submerges into a melancholic atmosphere. Why did I leave? Will I return one day? Maybe even very soon ...Read more

  • Day95

    Korogwe

    March 21 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    I want to move north along the coast to Tanga today but the coastal road is - again again again - not drivable as it is partially destroyed by flooded rivers. After reading how big this city is I loose interest and anyway, while processing north the Usambara mountains enrol in front of me and I feel a strong gravitational field deflecting my path strongly to the west away from Tanga.

    Today I travel in company of my personal Maasai warrior Alamayani. He works at the lodge/camp where I stayed the last days and wants to visit his family south of Arusha. He carries three major items: A wooden stick, a traditional sword (ol alem) with which he once cut a lion's neck and a smartphone which shows better battery runtime than mine. We have a slight communication problem though because my Kiswahili is nearly as good as his English ;-)
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Tanga Region, Tanga, Mkoa wa Tanga

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