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Africa » Tanzania » North » Moshi March 2nd 2019

Two Shakes A couple of months ago, I was hiking along the trails in my village an encountered one of many sheep here in Kilimanjaro. (If you ask, people will tell you they don’t like lamb’s meat, and they don’t harvest wool. Curious choice of livestock.) Alas, I encountered a mama sheep and her lamb, in no rush to remove themselves from the steep trail. Mama looked at me bitterly, “Go ahead… cook me.” I thought of the braised lamb I had shoveled by the forkful to my eager mouth in Barcelona. When she turned back to her own four-course meal of mountain shrubs, I was captivated not by her meatiness, but by the trophy that hung from her rump. Hear me out. We have a lot of free time. Spotty electricity sometimes provides opportunity for ... read more
finally let the mamas braid my whole head
solar drying produce at the primary school!
I won the "Most Peace Corps" Superlative at our Close of Service Conference

Africa » Tanzania » North » Moshi August 25th 2016

Ngorongoro + Serengueti + Kilimanjaro pics... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » North » Moshi November 11th 2015

Lorsque notre agent de voyage nous a suggéré un arrêt près du Kilimanjaro au cours de la préparation de ce voyage, nous nous sommes dit que ce serait l’endroit idéal pour faire des randonnées. Lors de l’organisation de notre séjour, nous optons pour un hébergement à Moshi, ville située au pied du Kilimanjaro et desservie par l’aéroport du Kilimanjaro. Nous choisissons l’établissement Twiga Home, qui propose une navette vers l’aéroport et le centre-ville de Moshi, ainsi qu’une série d’excursions dans la région. A l’aéroport, plusieurs taxis proposent leurs services vers Moshi ou Arusha, à un tarif prohibitif. Pas d’Uber par ici, ni de wi-fi une fois à l’extérieur… Nous contactons la gérante de Twiga Home, qui nous envoie un chauffeur à un tarif plus abordable. Le logement est excentré par rapport au centre-ville et éloigné de ... read more
Plan de la ville de Moshi
Materuni Village
En route vers les Materuni Falls

Africa » Tanzania » North » Moshi September 5th 2015

5.9. nach Moshi 215 km Bei der Abfahrt um 8.00 war's noch kühl, aber das gab sich bald und ich öffnete alle Reißverschlüsse, die Durchzug bringen. Gleiche Strecke zurück nach Arusha wie 2 Tage vorher. Es gibt hier einen Stamm, bei dem sich die Männer die Gesichter weiß anmalen (mit Muster) - ein paar dieser Herren standen am Straßenrand und wirkten richtig gespenstig. Tiefschwarz und weiß im Gesicht.... Keine Fotos, sie schauten nicht so aus, als ob sie das möchten. Halbwüste: Ansiedlungen mit runden Hütten, alles umgeben von Dornenzweigen. Arusha: Cultural Center: ein modernes Gebäude, das eine Trommel, einen Schild und einen Speer darstellen soll. Wenn man das weiß, dann erkennt man das auch. Drinnen sind Holzschnitzereien und Bilder von einheimischen Künstlern, teilweise sehr kunstvolle Sachen. Gleich daneben in vielen runden Hütten eine Verkaufsausstellung von ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » North » Moshi August 13th 2015

A 13-hour flight means 6 movie attempts, 4 in full, 2 which need to be mentioned! a) The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: Maggie Smith, Judy Dench, Bill Nighy, and the dude from Slumdog Millionaire b) The 2nd Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: Same as above, but with Richard Gere this time I’d never heard of these films, and being a fan of Dame Judy Dench (ahem, M, 001), I decided to give them a go. I was pleasantly surprised. The films paired two of my favourite quotes of all time, “If not now, when. If not us, then who?” and “In the end it will be okay, and if it’s not okay, it’s not the end” with some life lessons and experiences, and I was gifted with a new perspective, something I’ve really always known, but never ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » North » Moshi March 9th 2015

A couple of weekends ago I took a little trip to Pare Mountains with our house manager, Amani and few of my roomates. Amani is from Pare mountains and organizes weekend trips to his home village which include a canoe trip in Lake Jipe, hiking to Kindoroko peak, visiting local pubs and a homestay at his hospitable Aunty’s house. It took us about 2.5 hours to get to Pare from Moshi by 2 very packed dala dala rides. Once we arrived, we hiked for about an hour up the mountain to Amani’s Aunty’s house. Although we had to hike part of the way in the dark, the view from the mountain was stunning, and the sunset was absolutely beautiful. Once we arrived, we were greeted with welcoming hugs, cold beverages and cheesy Nigerian movies, which I ... read more
Pare
Pare Village
Our home away from home

Africa » Tanzania » North » Moshi December 29th 2014

I hope that everyone is enjoying their holidays and had a very merry Christmas! I enjoyed my time on the safari, but missed you all dearly! I’m not sure where to even begin with my safari, but one thing I can say is that it was absolutely breathtaking! The feeling of being able to watch wild animals in their natural habitat is indescribable by words, but I’ll try my best! We visited three parks, Tarangire National Park, The Serengeti National Park, and Ngorogoro Conservation Area. Tarangire’s name comes from the Tarangire river that crosses through the park, and is the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. “Serengeti” is derived from the Massai word “Serenget” which means “endless plains”, and let me tell you, that is exactly what it is! Ngorogoro is a ... read more
Mama and her babies
Wildebeest Brawl
Male Ostrich

Africa » Tanzania » North » Moshi December 7th 2014

Wow…I can’t believe it is already December! My apologies for not posting lately, it has been a busy month. Our project is in full swing and we are heading in to our 3rd week of training with the youth at Pamoja Tunaweza Boys and Girls Club. They truly are an incredible group of people! The leaders and youth are equally passionate about the environment and share an entrepreneurial spirit that will be sure to drive the success of the C4C project. We are hoping to start collection by early 2015, and we are currently in the process of getting the second prototype of our collection carts made. Our first prototype didn’t work out the way we hoped it would, and it was quite the process to complete. I’ll try my best to sum it up, it ... read more
Waste Collection Activity
The Tanzanian Interns' Graduation!

Africa » Tanzania » North » Moshi November 12th 2014

Mushrooms, Onions & Chickens, Oh MY! Today, we visited the mushroom group to complete our initial business assessments and also to see the mushroom cage in construction. About 4 weeks ago, we visited the same site to get an idea of where the cage was going and today, we had walls and a roof! It's so exciting to see something that was once a faint idea, become fully tangible right before your very eyes. We carried out our first business assessments to get an idea of the group in general, to introduce ourselves and see how we can help their businesses thrive. With the help of our fellow BTC colleague, Ancy (who translated in Swahili), we now have a much better idea on how to plan and strategize as well as maximize our time here. On ... read more
Today!
Working hard!
Cant wait til its done!

Africa » Tanzania » North » Moshi November 3rd 2014

Happy belated Halloween everyone, I can't believe it's already November! I have been here for just a little over a month, 44 days to be exact and time has been flying by! I knew that it would, which is why I want to make the most of my time by seeing as much of this beautiful country as I can. We had a holiday a couple of weeks ago and decided to take a big group trip to the Materuni waterfalls. We hired a driver to take us on a hour long journey to the start of a 1.5 hour hike to the 150 m waterfall. The water was freezing, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to jump in, especially since there was a small cave that we could climb into that would lead us ... read more
Climbing behind the waterfall
Coffee beans
My Chameleon friend!




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