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  • Day15

    Day 15: Time to say goodbye

    February 16, 2019 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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  • Day38

    Day 37 & 38: Zanzibar 2.0

    March 11, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ 🌬 27 °C

    I am back in paradise for a few days: 1.5 days of relaxing on the beach of Zanzibar in Nungwi 🏝

    I really needed a break so this was just perfect 👌 I desperately needed some “me time” and a break from being on a schedule all the time. I wish we would spend a few more days here - it’s so beautiful.Read more

  • Day10

    Day 10: A culture of peace and happiness

    February 11, 2019 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, 2019 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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  • Day11

    Day 11: Nothing but rest and relaxation

    February 12, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

    So far so good. I’ve managed quite a few days now without doing anything but hang at the beach. The result: I have finished reading one of two books (The Mastery of Love, a MUST READ) and I have red skin 🦞🦀

    The book I have mentioned is about the mastery of self-love and so there is also a chapter about beauty, saying that basically we are all beautiful (because we are LIFE); it’s just our culture and society that have programmed us to judge what is beautiful and what is not.

    Some food for thought. But I fully agree. Trust me, you will too if you think about it for a few minutes (really, read the book). The African people for example, have a completely different perception about what is beautiful than we do, so do Asians etc.

    So today I will share some people pictures with you.
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  • Day171

    Matemwe - Tag 1

    March 19, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Lazy day! Naja, nicht so ganz. Ich bin zumindest den Strand auf und ab gelaufen und habe die Preise in den umliegenden Tauchzentren für Tauchen und Schnorcheln um die Insel Mnemba gecheckt.

    Ich entscheide mich letztlich für Schnorcheln und will auf meinem Rückweg zum Hotel buchen, als ich am Strand mit einem Einheimischen ins Gespräch komme. Er arbeitet in einer Privatvilla ein paar Meter weiter. Ich lasse mir seine Arbeitsstätte zeigen, denn er bietet mir an, den Schnorcheltrip über einen Fischer für 35US$ durchzuführen. Kann ja jeder erzählen, dass er in einem guten Hotel arbeitet, aber er tut es wirklich. Ich lerne zudem den sehr jungen deutschen Manager des Hauses, Fabian, kennen. Nach einigem Hin und Her endet der Tag damit, dass ich doch über unser Hotel buche, nochmal 10US$ spare und mit zwei weiteren Gästen aus dem Hotel morgen die Unterwasserwelt um die Insel Mnemba anschaue.Read more

  • Day9

    Day 9: Off to Zanzibar

    February 10, 2019 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, 2019 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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  • Day141

    Matemwe, Zanzibar

    September 24, 2017 in Tanzania ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    We came to Zanzibar with mixed feelings after reading a news story while in Nairobi about how the ministry of health is targeting AIDS clinics to arrest gay men. Horrible policy in every way! Some of the people we love and admire most are gay, so this offended us deeply. We thought of how we might protest by donning rainbow bracelets or t-shirts, but couldn’t find anything suitable (no surprise). Unfortunately, many of the countries we’ve visited have similarly dim human rights records (especially related to gender and love equality). Sigh…
    In any case, we left mainland Africa and flew to Zanzibar from Nairobi, arriving late to a small beachfront hotel on the east side of the island near Matemwe beach. We stayed here a few days with our only plans being to laze around before we start a busy month touring Madagascar. It was great having a few days doing nothing except thinking about where we have been and what we have coming up over the next few months. It was surprisingly easy to get in a routine of waking late for breakfast, swimming, reading, napping, swimming, eating dinner and then going back to sleep. It was pretty great.
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  • Day36

    Nungwi 1

    February 10 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Pour rejoindre Nungwi, on prend le dala dala au marché Darajani. On est encore serrés comme des sardines, et avec la chaleur il y a aussi la marinade qui va avec. La guesthouse est un peu en retrait par rapport au village touristique. Ça tombe bien car ce coin est plus mignon, surtout à l'heure de la sortie d'école. C'est le moment où les gens du village viennent faire du sport, se baigner, papoter au bord de l'eau. La soirée ici est magique car d'un côté, on a un coucher de soleil somptueux sur la mer, puis un peu plus tard de l'autre côté, un lever de lune derrière les cocotiers. Pour parfaire l'ambiance tropicool il y a des crabes qui mettent de l'animation dans les couloirs de la guesthouse.

    Au village touristique les beachs boys sont tous au surtaquet pour nous vendre des sorties snorkeling alors on se dit, allez, pourquoi pas. C'est comme ça qu'on se retrouve entassés sur un bateau pour aller voir un récif surexploité (sacrifié?) au milieu d'une marée de touristes qui barbotent dans l'eau, les fesses et le tuba à l'air. Bon, ce ne sera pas le meilleur souvenir mais la balade en bateau sur l'eau turquoise est quand même tres belle.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Zanzibar North Region, Zanzibar North, Mkoa wa Kaskazini Unguja

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