• Africa,  Malawi

    Taking over the World in Livingstonia – Malawi

    Three, two, one, hold your breath! We curled in our chins into our chests, closed our mouths and covered our eyes. The dust lifted by the truck driving in the opposite direction swallowed us for a few seconds. When the air cleared, I straighten myself back up. Standing at the back of the open van, hands firmly holding onto the metal bar, the dry hot breeze that gently sways the scarf tied on my hair is enough to make me feel like I can take on the World. Well, at least Malawi… And by this I mean: we managed to get a “taxi” the way locals do! Some people might…

  • Africa,  Malawi

    The biggest sun rises above Malawi

    Sunrise, I have been fortunate to witness it in almost every country I have been to. And all sunrises have this one thing in common: hope. It is the light after the darkness, the promise of another chance at life, the reminder that there is still hope. And yet, to me, Malawi holds the prize for the ‘most beautiful sunrise’ I have ever seen! Well, the sun was the biggest and the hope found in every Malawian smile was the brightest! My time in Malawi was rather short: we spent 2 nights in a campsite by the beach in Chitimba and 2 nights in Kande before we headed to Zambia.…

  • Africa,  Malawi

    Horse Riding in Lake Malawi

    Meet Alfie, he lives in a horse farm that is also a yoga retreat in Kande, a small village located by the lake Malawi. Before the sun was in full swing, we went for a ride through the outskirts of Kande village.Now I have to admit that I don’t know how to horseride, but I had a volunteer from Kande Horse Farm leading Alfie the majority of the time and giving me tips to bound with Alfie. Alfie was such a sweetheart but he also gave me a “kick of adrenaline”… when me and Alfie were posing alone for a photo in the forest, he decided to switch to a…

  • Africa,  Tanzania

    Is this paradise? – Nungwi, Zanzibar

    Disclaimer: the following article is full of clichés and might make you want to quit your job and move here. I do not take responsibility for your actions. A cliché of a paradise beach: the bedroom’s windows open to an ocean breeze, the pristine blue water is warm and yet refreshing.  The sunrise shadows the beach with coconut trees silhouettes and the sun sets slowly in the water while you sip on cocktails. Even the name of this beach is exotic, Nungwi [nung-gwee]. Tucked up in the north of Zanzibar, Nungwi is the perfect beach for a hotel resort kind of life.

  • Africa,  Tanzania

    Paje, Zanzibar – not an ordinary beach!

    I had been walking into the sea for 15 minutes, and the water level was still just under my knees! The tide of Paje’s beach, in the east coast of Zanzibar island, was at it’s lowest. The flowing water goes back so far away, I wondered where did it go?! It looked like a children’s infinite pool within the actual sea. But my walk so far had not been short on interesting discoveries. It was like a theatrical play. The characters: the locals, the sea life revealed by the shallow water, the tide, the wind, the sun and me. All brought together to unravel a story, the story of Paje’s…

  • Africa,  Tanzania

    A DAY HUNTING WITH THE HADZA TRIBE

    During my time in Tanzania, I was lucky to be able to spend a day following one of the last remaining active hunter-gatherers indigenous tribe, the Hadzabe. They did put life, as I know it, into perspective. Evolution has always been what we, human beings, aim for. But this tribe has proven that despite living a primitive lifestyle, unchanged for thousands of years, they still have what we lost along the way for the so-called modernization. The basics, beyond the everyday fight for survival, it is all about the long-term balance with nature and within ourselves.  And as it turns out, their diet makes them one of the healthiest people…

  • Estonia,  Europe

    Tallinn – Estonia

    To awaken alone in a foreign city can be the worst nightmare for some people. But for me it feels like a tingling sensation under my skin. It’s a pleasant feeling. The day waiting to unfold is a mystery… What am I going to see?, What am I going to do?, What am I going to eat?! It is like a little adventure waiting to be lived. I am open to the unknown instead of being scared by it. This time, the city that woke me up was Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, one of the Baltic countries. And oh yes, it felt like what I imagined Baltic would feel!…

  • Africa,  Tanzania

    Datoga Tribe – Beliefs about Marriage

    “If I like you, I will wait for you to be alone, maybe when you are herding the cattle. I will come for you, I will pick you up on my shoulders and take you with me, so you will marry me!” This was the answer from our Datoga guide to my question on how do the Datoga arrange a marriage. I think I must have frozen for a few seconds, terrified with the idea! It sounds like… well like kidnapping to me! However, it is a normal practice among this tribe in the north of Tanzania. Once I picked up my chin from the floor, I continue with my…

  • Africa,  Tanzania

    Culture Shock – Driving in Africa Advice

    CULTURE SHOCK I never knew exactly what was it. I thought it would only happen to people who aren’t open-minded or don’t like travelling to remote areas. When I travel, it is the different ways of thinking and the unusual ways of living that excites me. But this one late evening, 3 weeks into my time in Tanzania, I found myself speechless, with my stomach turning when I found out that our other guide and driver hit a pedestrian and ran away. Our guide said he had to do it, “everybody does it”. I knew he wasn’t a bad guy but at first I couldn’t understand why this crimewas okay…

  • Africa,  Tanzania

    9 Things to do in Stone Town

    Stone Town is the port of entry to the paradisiac island of Zanzibar, perhaps overshadowed by the idyllic palm trees on the beach of the east and north coast, most people tends to avoid it. However, with so many things to do in Stone Town, I would say stop here for a spoonful of cultural history embedded in spices, better appreciated sitting barefoot on a pillow of a rooftop with a sunset view. You certainly won’t regret it. You will want to spend at least one to two days exploring this charming old town, eat your way around and sail to a nearby island to feed giant turtles. ~ TO…

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    Africa,  Tanzania

    Watching the World go by…

    In the early warm hours of the day, the call-to-prayer wakes up the whole town. Once the so said prayers are over, the population of Stone Town occupy the labyrinth alleyways and carry on with their daily tasks: to sell, to buy, to sit chatting with the neighbours, to stand on the streets greeting tourists, to stand on the streets watching the world go by… A few times I wondered what these last ones were thinking. On one of my wandering hours, I noticed this old man was doing just that. Seated barefoot on

  • Africa,  Tanzania

    A Dance with a Maasai Tribe

    The Dance They knew we were coming. On our arrival, they rushed to make us feel welcomed by placing a Shuka cloth over our shoulders and a flat large beaded necklace on our necks. They live waiting, existing underneath a tree or in the shadow of their mud house. If we didn’t come, probably someone else would, if not today, tomorrow or after. This is what the Maasai tribe in this village does; they open themselves to the tourism, allowing visitors to enter their houses and share their way of living in exchange, of course, for money. It is their business after all. The men were the first stepping out…

  • Woman selling Bananas Africa
    Africa,  Tanzania

    Bananas’ Town

    8 hours on African roads and I was lightly swaying in and out of sleep when the frenetic rush at the back door of the truck made me turn around on my seat. We had stopped at the side of the road. Women were fighting their way to the truck, holding their goods high up in their hands, as if selling them to God. Sam, our guide stood firmly at the half-open door inside the truck, gesturing numbers to the women. They were really insistent. Still half dreaming, I didn’t quite understand straight away what was going on. I thought the women were going to get the best out of…

  • Africa,  Tanzania

    SAFARI, IS IT SAFE? – Part 2

    1 – How safe is it to camp without fence protection on a Safari? I am not going to lie, I was nervous. In a I’m-about-to-sleep-in-the-middle-of-lions kind of nervous. You know? As it turns out, I slept like a rock. In fact on my first night camping, I fell asleep to the sound of giggling hyenas, happily scrutinizing through our dinner’s left overs. I entered dreamland completely oblivious that about an hour later, lion’s roars were heard nearby the campsite. Probably trying to shush the hyenas away and claim back territory. But, no seriously, it is VERY SAFE! On my first day I bombed my guide with questions, questions, questions.…

  • Africa,  Tanzania

    SAFARI, HOW TO PLAY THE GAME – Part 1

    Lions, 3 o’clock!!! It’s not a date. But orientation coordinates. The hunt has started and I don’t mean the predators kind of hunt. But us, a bunch of curious eyes, standing at the back of the jeep, feet on top of the seats, heads popping out of the lifted roof, camera in one hand, binoculars in the other, looking for wildlife in it’s purest forms, in Africa. During the 3 months I spent in Africa, I was lucky to go on different types of Safaris. My first one was