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Kristy Jones

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On my way around the world!

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North America » United States » California » Santa Ana August 18th 2009

Hi everyone! Just a quick note to let you all know that I am back in the states safe and sound. I'm currently working on typing out all of the blogs from Africa, so blogs and pics should be posted shortly... oh yeah... I made the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro!!!!! Just for those who were curious... Anyway, blogs coming soon... K ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Mount Kilimanjaro August 8th 2009

What an experience! Sorry for the ridiculously long blog... I promise it gets more exciting toward the end. As mentioned previously, the four of us (myself, Doug, Sarah and Jared) had decided to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. We had talked about it in November of 2008, and had been training (lots of hiking!) since then. Coming into the climb, I felt like we were prepared and that we would succeed in our endeavor. Our family and friends had confidence in us and we had all our necessary gear. Day One Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa (19,341 ft) and the highest freestanding mountain in the world. It is composed of three different volcanic peaks, the highest being Uhuru Peak, which we would attempt to summit. To climb Mount Kilimanjaro via the Marangu (aka Coca Cola) ... read more
Itinerary
Smiling and ready
Rainforest

Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha July 31st 2009

Hi everyone, I really do have more thorough blogs to post about Africa, as I've been journaling about the experience, but I have limited internet time, so unfortunately, it may be a bit still before I can get anything solid up. To update: We went on a safari on the Serengeti, and it was fantastic. We saw all of "the big 5" and could not have been happier with our tour company! We camped out under the stars of the Serengeti, we visited a Masai village and saw tons of animals! Our volunteer placement went really well. Our group got divided into different orphanages, so we each got to experience something different. I was placed in an orphanage/school that was little more than a tiny stone room in the ghetto of Arusha. The children have zero ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Serengeti National Park July 9th 2009

After two flights on Qatar Airways (which had awesome service) and a 9-hour layover in Doha, I arrived in Nairobi, Kenya. I had about 5 hours to kill while waiting for my brother, Sarah and Jared to arrive, so I made friends with some of the airport employees who were extremely welcoming and taught me some Swahili while I hung out in their office. In Kenya, the two official languages are English and Swahili, and a lot of the citizens speak a mix of the two languages. I learned that in Tanzania, people are more strict about speaking pure Swahili, versus the hybrid. When the group arrived, we caught a taxi to Nairobi. There didn't seem to be any traffic laws in place and locals were wandering along the street selling items to passing cars (slightly ... read more
Jacaranda
Jacaranda
Clock Tower

Europe » Belgium July 6th 2009

Here are just a few of the many pictures I took on my weekend trip to Belgium. I wanted to get some sent out before I head off to Africa, because otherwise, I won't be able to post them until August. Belgium was wonderful. The entire family took me in and treated me as if I was a part of their family. They showed me around all of the sights in Vodelee and Saint Gerard, including the cave, a water source, the sight of the plane crash, the mill, and a memorial to the airmen. I'll post a more thorough blog on this eventually, promise!... read more
In Vodelee
Snake
Water source

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris June 20th 2009

Alright, now that you've seen the ridiculously long blog about the bike touring, I'll try not to bore you too much longer with the second part of my Paris trip. Although, you will again see that I walked many times in the wrong direction. The next two days in Paris, I decided to do some sightseeing by foot. I had booked my Moulin Rouge ticket the previous day, and noticed that the ticket had said "formal attire"... no wonder the booking agent gave me a weird look when I came by in with my backpack and tennis shoes. I used this as an excuse to get in some Paris shopping time, and went to the Gallaries Lafayette, one of the premier shopping areas in Paris, which houses some of the famous (and expensive!) designers like: Prada, ... read more
Steps of the Basilica
What a view!
Breaking...

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris June 17th 2009

Hey all! I decided to split my Paris blog up into two parts, because otherwise it would be suuuuper long. Also, I apologize in advance, but you will see the phrase "I walked several miles in the wrong direction" many times. So many, that I almost felt like just denoting them all with an asterisk, but anyway, on to the blog.... Oddly enough, Paris was the reason that Brittany and I decided to go to Europe about a year ago. She then decided that she might just stay over in Europe for a year and live/work abroad. Her mom was gracious enough to book us a week at a timeshare in Paris and we were all set. Unfortunately, it ended up that Brittany's training for work coincided with the week we had booked, and the timeshare ... read more
Great people!
Seine...
Music

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Tübingen June 15th 2009

A long, long time ago, 3 years to be exact, Brittany used to live in the storybook town of Tubingen, Germany. She had a fabulous friend, named Kristy, who also came to visit her in the lovely town all those years ago. This weekend they set out on a journey to revisit the town that looked like it was straight out of a fairytale. This is their story..... We set out for Tubingen via the mitfahr (carpool) and got a different perspective of Germany. By carpooling, it is a cheaper way to travel and you get to meet people from all over the place. We met a young couple by the names of Julia and Johannes who got us to Tubingen safely (and quickly!). When we arrived in Tubingen, we checked into our hostel, which was ... read more
Castle
Grounds
Awesome.

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Heidelberg June 10th 2009

Yesterday, after a few disastrous visa-attempts (Brittany has been trying to get her work visa for the past week but has encountered many roadblocks), Brittany and I decided it would be a good idea to get out of Karlsruhe for the day and spend some time in Heidelberg (about 45 minutes away by train). It was time to put the thoughts aside about logistics and go have fun and be carefree in another town. We arrived by train and were greeted by the sights of a big city with a small-town feel to it. Overlooking Heidelberg is a castle that had been around since the 1300's. We decided to go explore the castle grounds and took a tram up to the castle. We first went into the castle courtyard, and out on to an overlook where ... read more
Ye' Olde Bathrooms
Ye' Olde T-Mobile
Castle

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Karlsruhe June 6th 2009

Living in Germany has been fun so far. As many of you know, my friend Brittany has now moved to Germany and will be teaching English to German business-people who wish to conduct business abroad. The process of getting through all of the "red tape" has been a little frustrating for her (you need a phone to get a work visa, you need a bank account to get a phone, you need a visa to get a bank account, etc...) and so we've been trying to dedicate a bit of time to being out in the wilderness of Karlsruhe and not trying to worry about the day-to-day procedural stuff. Most days we've been walking around the town, gathering things for Brittany's apartment. We finally got pillows (5 EUR pillows are pretty much the best investment ever) ... read more
Train-dodging
The real deal
Bucking bronco




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