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Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha June 2nd 2012

Today was what we will call a good life decision. After a night spent at a going away party for an intern who is leaving the tribunal after nine months, Julia and I woke up and headed to a nearby hotel to catch a ride on a dala-dala. This is essentially a VW bus with seating for 10 (plus a driver) that is usually crammed with something like 20 people. They function like busses with set routes around the city and are very inexpensive to ride. We, however, were treated to the relative luxury of a chartered dala-dala so there were only 11 of us. After a few stops to pick up the rest of the passengers, we headed out of the city and into the foothills of Mount Meru. We rolled through villages and passed ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha » Ngorongoro May 30th 2012

It's two weeks before I return to Tanzania and friends and former projects. I am reminded of the journal I kept in 1991-1993 long before the word blog was known and years before Tanzania had internet. I think it will be interesting to revisit my entries and look with fresh eyes at those cultural clashes that are inevitable. As I attempt to remember my Swahili, I remember some of the learnings of my first experiences with the language and the speakers: Communicating in Tanzania Tanzania has 127 living languages and at least half a dozen dialects in each one. No, don’t despair. Thanks to Mwalimu Nyerere, President of Tanzania 1964-1985 who had a collectivist philosophy known as “ujaama”, Tanzanians all share one common language-Kiswahili or Swahili. Educated urban Tanzanians learn English in secondary school, a vestige ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha May 29th 2012

I have been in Arusha now for four days and I have been very careful not to write on this blog yet. For the sake of my own sanity I needed to let the dust (and my emotions) settle before I tried to think about what I have done so far. My first day here was not so great, to be very honest. As you know, my travel plans got messed up in a way that only the airline industry can master. While I had been thrilled to know that I was only two jet rides away from my destination, I soon found out that my rescheduled itinerary included an additional stop. To this day, I am not sure what country I was in. I can confidently say I was in Africa, but that is it. ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha February 22nd 2012

Made it just in time for dinner after climb. Great stories of their adventure climbing.... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha February 22nd 2012

Relaxing at the plantation today. Kilimanjaros by the pool. No power in the rooms today. Sunny with thunderstorms in the area. One light shower for a few minutes.... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha January 19th 2012

Day 7 Ok, so one would think that with the pervious day we deserved, even earned, a leisurely walk out to the gate and a VERY much needed shower. Not so apparently. We learned late the previous evening that the hike out today was "around" 18k?! What?! Bleep, bleep!! Every time we had a briefing, Joseph would say our walk before lunch, to our destination or anywhere for that matter would take 3-5 hours. Today was no different and started out at 7 with the goal of reaching the gate at 12:30-1pm. We were still high enough when we started to be above the clouds, our last sunrise on the mountain and it was a beauty. As we descended, the vegetation became more lush and green, it made a nice change from the rocks and inescapable ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha January 11th 2012

Day 7 Ok, so one would think that with the pervious day we deserved, even earned, a leisurely walk out to the gate and a VERY much needed shower. Not so apparently. We learned late the previous evening that the hike out today was "around" 18k?! What?! Bleep, bleep!! Every time we had a briefing, Joseph would say our walk before lunch, to our destination or anywhere for that matter would take 3-5 hours. Today was no different and started out at 7 with the goal of reaching the gate at 12:30-1pm. We were still high enough when we started to be above the clouds, our last sunrise on the mountain and it was a beauty. As we descended, the vegetation became more lush and green, it made a nice change from the rocks and inescapable ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha January 10th 2012

Sorry, this is a long one! Day 4 Day 4 was a built in acclimatization day, we started at 14200ft and did a three hour acclimatization hike and gained another 1000ft. Along the way it became increasing difficult for Jody as she was have stomach issues. We rested for the rest of the day in preparation for the next couple of days. Day 5/6 It is hard to separate these two days as there really was to be no break between them. We got off to an early start to begin the march to Kibo base camp. We walked 8k and gained 1600ft. This turned out to be a grueling hike across an expansive saddle. The morning sun was relentless as it started to wear down our reserves. Jody was really suffering at this point, then ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha January 7th 2012

Sorry no pictures. Wifi is a hit and miss in Africa! Day 2 We woke this morning to the majestic Mawenzi peak in the background. WOW! The view was breathtaking. We were also able to catch the odd glimpse of Kibo which is the final destination. It looked pretty manageable from this distance. We were told that this would be a long and hard day and no truer words spoken. We would walk 15k and gain 1000ft in altitude. The morning was the hardest however as we did the lions share of the climbing before lunch with the sun beating down upon us relentlessly. It is worth noting that the intensity of the sun seemed too increase with every foot of elevation gained. Most of our group wilts in the heat and by the time we ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha January 4th 2012

And we are off!! We left Rivertrees and headed out onward to the Marangu Gate to get permits from the park ranger. The land-rover that we had some issues with the day before overheated and we had to abandon it (as well as the 7 passengers it was carrying). Summits Africa was quick to replace it however and we were quickly off again, new cruiser and driver. The new driver was quite a character, racing over the dirt bumpy roads Like a one ton hot shot on the sierra high grade (Garett's description). This seemed to please him as much as it displeased his mother:) After 4 hours or so of driving and registering we were finally at the Rongai Gate (north side of the mountain close to Kenya). Here we met up with our 4 ... read more
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