Last day in Tanzania: Saturday, February 9th, 2019

Today I woke up at 9:30 AM and kicked around the living room with Joakim making coffee and talking about Vietnam. At 11:30 AM Jonas and Mikyung woke up and we all had meats and cheese for breakfast. It was a European morning with the French press coffee, beard, and cheese. Then we piled into the car and drove down the street to Slipway – … Continue reading Last day in Tanzania: Saturday, February 9th, 2019

Zanzibar – Friday, February 8th, 2019

This morning, I woke straight up and headed to the ATM around the grassy corner before taking a much delayed Uber back to the Zanzibar ferry. With Jonas busy and Joakim incapacitated by some illness. I decided to go on my own and spend four hours exploring the UNESCO World Heritage City of Stone Town, Zanzibar. Zanzibar is famous for beaches throughout the island, I … Continue reading Zanzibar – Friday, February 8th, 2019

3 Days in Dar: Thursday, February 7th, 2019

Few photos of these days remain because I lost my phone on the way back to Vietnam.  I woke up at 5:50AM with the intention of taking a solo day trip to Zanzibar island. When I got up I also roused Joakim, who seemed to faint from exhaustion. Confused he woke up Jonas and they tired to further stabilize his condition. There wasn’t much I … Continue reading 3 Days in Dar: Thursday, February 7th, 2019

3 Days in Dar: Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

We woke up a bit late, because we had been up late the night before and then I did the dishes from the dinner the night before. Then Joakim and I Ubered to Jonas’ office to eat lunch at a small outdoor restaurant assembled in the alleyway between a building adjacent to Jonas’ office at the WWF. I finally got to try Ugali, which is … Continue reading 3 Days in Dar: Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

3 Days in Dar: Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Few photos remain from the final days in Tanzania because I lost my phone on the way back to Vietnam Joakim and I woke up at roughly the same time and we made coffee with Jonas’ french press.  Mikyong had already departed for her offices and left us gentlemen to our own devices. We sat at their beautiful living room table with a large window … Continue reading 3 Days in Dar: Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Tarangire National Park: Monday, February 4th

After waking up from a vivid dream about Liam and his family converting their house into a Starbucks cafe. I woke up in a healthy daze and stumbled downstairs with aching knees for a quick breakfast. Then Hans, the safari Jeep driver, and Brain, the owner of Dahila Tours, took us by Jeep to a supermarket to withdraw cash and pay for the day’s events. … Continue reading Tarangire National Park: Monday, February 4th

Kilimanjaro Day 6: Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

  We woke up in the lash oxygen and forest and had a small breakfast in the dining tent. Then had the tip giving ceremony. We gave the porters their tips and then they sang the Kilimanjaro song for us – which is a wonderful moment for everyone. We had another beautiful hike through the rainforest region towards the main gate. We were cheerful and … Continue reading Kilimanjaro Day 6: Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

Uhuru Peak: Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

  I woke up nervously at 11:30PM to an alarm that frightened me.  It was still dark, cold, and drizzling snow or sleet outside. It had even lightly hailed throughout the late evening’s darkness. We all met in the mess tent where I showed each other all the layers were assured ourselves with and I showed off my 3 layers of socks, 5 top layers, … Continue reading Uhuru Peak: Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

Kilimanjaro Day 5: Friday, February 1st, 2019

  We gathered for a carbo-loaded breakfast of crepes, bread, omelet, hot chocolate, Africafe, and Kilimanjaro tea.  I spent the morning talking to Samwele with my endless questions. Jonas made these interview vlogs of us commenting on our climbs. At the time, we thought they were annoying for, but I’m happy we have them now. Then we went to the bathrooms and prepared for the … Continue reading Kilimanjaro Day 5: Friday, February 1st, 2019

Kilimanjaro Day 4: Thursday, January 31st, 2019

I woke up at 7:30 AM and I had to go use the insanely smelly toilets – nearly vomiting while inside. Standing alongside the camp were guides using brick phones (preferred because their batteries last forever) to call their families and colleagues on other sides of the mountain.  Today’s challenge would be to ascend the large steep Barranco Wall. The Wall required us to climb … Continue reading Kilimanjaro Day 4: Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Kilimanjaro Day 2: Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

I woke up a bit chilly in the rain forest zone. Albert saw me hurting in the cold and told me that the next camp would be even colder. Everyone was in disbelief that I was so sensitive to the cold.  Moving from the warm sleeping tent, we all assembled in the dining tent for a hot chocolate, tea, and crepes for breakfast. Then we … Continue reading Kilimanjaro Day 2: Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

Kilimanjaro Day 1: Monday, January 28th, 2019

The next morning, we rummaged through the equipment we would rent and then got into a bus with 14 porters, cooks and guides. Following the Tanzania law, we would climb the mountain with a little army dedicated to our success and comfort. The bus bumped along the good roads, and grooved to loud reggae and Tanzanian pop, around we traveled three hours to Moshi town … Continue reading Kilimanjaro Day 1: Monday, January 28th, 2019

Kilimanjaro Day 0: Sunday, January 27th, 2019

Our propeller plane landed at the Arusha airport on mid-day Sunday under a bright direct Sun. This was the first airport I’d ever seen where the passengers waited for the plane while sitting in an open-air sun shelter. The luggage just flopped out of the plane’s underbelly and we collected it from the tarmac. Stepping into the sun and grass-scented air on the tarmac was … Continue reading Kilimanjaro Day 0: Sunday, January 27th, 2019