Liebe auf den zweiten Blick

Nach unserem Reinfall in Moshi mit dem schlechtesten Guide aller Zeiten, wollten wir uns nicht entmutigen lassen und unser Bergglück an unserem nächsten Ziel versuchen. Wir hatten über die Usambara-Berge im Nordosten Tansanias viel Gutes gelesen. Dieser Teil des Landes ist im Vergleich zu den Regionen um Arusha, Kilimanjaro und Serengeti noch nicht so stark vom Massentourismus „verdorben“, auch wenn die Besucherzahlen wachsen. Wir fanden heraus, dass es dort Kulturprogramme […]

 

Tanzanian friendliness

While planning our trip to Tanzania, we regularly came across the reputation that Tanzanians were one of the nicest people on the African continent. Warm, welcoming and friendly were the adjectives attributed to them. Unfortunately the other information that we found everywhere was that the country was very expensive compared to its neighbours and that most higher costs had to be paid for in US dollars. We therefore spent quite […]

 

 
 

Madagascar final

  Five and a half weeks Madagascar wrapped in five and a half minutes: We had a great time and now on to Tanzania…

 

Did you know? - Madagascar

Certain things in countries tend to surprise the first-time visitor. I would like to share some facts I found most interesting or surprising during our journey. 1. Rice I don’t think I have seen as many rice terraces as in Madagascar in any country I have been to. I always thought countries in Asia were the biggest producers and consumers of rice. Apparently 150 to 200g of rice per person […]

 

The difference between Germans and Madagascans

Everybody knows Germans love their cars. They save their last pennies or take up a huge credit to be able to drive this pretty, shiny big car, preferably made in Germany. They spend their Sundays washing, polishing and massaging their treasure. And should any one dare brush by their most valued possession….you better watch out! A few days ago we jumped into an old, beat up taxi in Tana to […]

 

Über kleine Geschenke und ein bezauberndes Fleckchen Erde

Wir gelangten mit einem vollbeladenen LKW, der zu einem Personenbus umfunktioniert wurde, von Tulear nach Mangily, einen Strandort an der Südwestküste Madagaskars. Wie alle Küstenstraßen, die wir bisher auf der Insel kennenlernen durften, war auch diese von sandig-steinigen Schlaglöchern zerklüftet und nach 1 ½ Stunden Holperfahrt schnauften wir erst einmal tief durch, als wir am Strand ankamen und das türkisblaue Meer sahen. Mein Geburtstag stand kurz bevor. Wir wollten es […]

 

Why a bus ride of 490 km takes twelve and a half hours

Travelling in Madagascar is not easy. First of all the roads are really bad at times. If not pierced by huge potholes, the streets are often just plain,  bumpy dirt roads that my German mind would normally imagine only 4x4s capable of conquering, hence prohibiting the vehicles going faster than 20 km/h in those areas. Secondly the road system does not connect most towns with each other. Say for instance, […]

 

Bizarre Felslandschaften, glitzernde Wasserfälle und wandernde Lemurenfamilien

Unsere Wanderung im Isalo-Nationalpark hat uns sehr begeistert. Wir kamen im nahegelegenen Dorf Ranohira in einer sehr gemütlichen Bungalow–Anlage unter. Vor uns lag die Gebirgskette in voller Pracht und wir freuten uns auf unsere Tour am nächsten Tag. Wie überall in Madagaskar mussten wir auch in diesem Nationalpark einen Guide organisieren. Dolphin, ein Madagasse aus dem Dorf, sprach uns schon bei Ankunft an und wir entschieden uns für ihn. Wir […]

 

Sleep

I am not an envious person. I am quite happy and satisfied with what I have and can do. But there is this one thing I wish I could do: V can sleep through earthquakes. Ok, I am exaggerating a bit.  But while I wake from a fly buzzing down the street, there is not much that could shake V’s sleep. V sleeps through church bells ringing right next to […]