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Aegean trip part 2: historical tours from Kuşadası

A week in Kuşadası right at the Ladies Beach is over. I actually spent most of my time visiting the surrounding natural and historical attractions, but I still had some time to chill out at the beach in the afternoon. I was lucky that a friend I met in Ireland moved back there and offered to host me. Since there weren’t many tourists yet some of the tours I wanted to do weren’t available for booking, so I did some tours on my own in public transport. 

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Aegean+Mediterranean Coast trip part 1: From Çanakkale to Izmir

Now I’m off to visit Turkey’s Aegean and Mediterranean coastline with its many historical monuments and – some of this will probably be in one of the next posts – its beautiful beaches. To make things easier for me I’m simply following the route suggested by Lonely Planet for four weeks, all the way to Antalya and then Cappadocia. Here is the first part from Çanakkale to Izmir, including some tips on how to get around, since the information I found in the Lonely Planet or online didn’t always completely correspond to what I experienced.

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4 weeks in Istanbul – For risks and side effects read this article

In bad travel blogger style I kept putting off writing about Istanbul, with the good excuse that I was sooo busy. Busy learning Turkish in private classes and in a school, busy playing tourist, busy not playing tourist, and so on. Now after having spent 4 weeks there I’m heading off. There is no way to summarize Istanbul in one sentence, so if you want to know you’ll have to read the full article (evil laugh).

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My last two weeks in Tanzania part two: 5-day safari

As always time passed by way too quickly and I had to leave Tanzania. It feels weird that I won’t be coming back before a while. Here are the accounts of my last week in Tanzania that I spent on a safari in the following parks: Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro crater, Serengeti, Tarangire. It was so much more than my friend Anja and I had expected.
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My last two weeks in Tanzania part 1: Zanzibar

I spent a week of, let’s call it hard core chilling, in Zanzibar before heading on to the mainland for a 5 day safari (the post about the safari will follow). My friend Anja joined me for these two weeks. We chose to spend the first days on a beach far from Stonetown because foreigners were given the advice to avoid it during the re-elections (20th of March) out of fear of possible tensions. Luckily, there were no issues at all – we only saw a group of people near Matemwe who turned out to be celebrating, not demonstrating –  but it was a good excuse to go to the beach.

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One German more in the Usambara Mountains

I was wondering where I could spend 10 days before heading back to Zanzibar to meet my friend Anja, so I checked the Lonely Planet map for highlights in the Northeast of Tanzania (since that’s kind of on the way). I figured I’ll start out with Lushoto to see the Usambara mountains and then continue to the coast. However, the rumours that there is not much to do in the Usambara mountains proved to be wrong and I became one of those Germans who are struck by the mountains’ charm. It’s nice and cool (in both its meanings), the views are great, and I got thrown back into my childhood when you greeted everyone you met on your way through the village. So I rather lingered for a few days more.

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Kilimanjaro – if you don’t climb it drink it

I had 3 great weeks in Moshi with Adelina and her wonderful family, who were my host family during my stay there. Time passed so quickly and it was hard to say goodbye to take a bus to Lushoto (in the Usambara mountains in the northeast of Tanzania). Besides keeping myself busy with Swahili lessons I explored places in and around Moshi. I changed my mind and did not climb Kilimanjaro, but I did drink it, and I ran the Kilimanjaro 5k fun run, which is kind of the same…

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Lost in Stonetown

Four weeks on Zanzibar of being smoothly introduced to Africa are over and I’m heading to Moshi on the mainland, figuring that I should check what it looks like elsewhere. Somehow I actually want to stay and just continue in this bubble where it doesn’t matter if I do a little or a lot, the destinations beach or rooftop bar are always an option. The summary of my impression of Zanzibar is: put some elements of the Middle East and Africa in a cocktail shaker, then add the ingredient relaxing lethargy that kicks in shortly after arrival.

I proudly present some of these moments, captured with the camera I recently acquired from Mr. Frank (ah, it feels good to finally be able to take reasonable pictures).

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10 days with my friends, 24h to reach Zanzibar

So much stuff happened that I wasn’t even sure anymore where I finished last time. In any case I’m alive and in Zanzibar now, with one more hour of battery on my computer to write down this dramatic story. I reached Ireland 10 days ago upon the flight attendant’s words “It is a pleasant day in Cork”, so I believed her and spent most of my time out and about with friends on treacherous roads doing unnecessary journeys that were so much fun that they just had to be done. My dear friends were lucky that in this exceptional case I brought sun instead of rain. I left Cork to breathe out my last energy in Brussels on the Lovkiz Kizomba festival and somehow I managed to zombie walk to the airport for my flight to Tanzania, where I’ll soon fall into my bed.

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