Serengeti Landscape

In two days i have probably saw only a pixel of mega big 14,763 sq km Serengeti. Definitely worth a bumpy ride!

Along with wildlife i just fell in love with the endless skies  that looked awesome  just in every part of the day. Hypnotic!

Joined safari with Shadows of Africa 

Serengeti Plains

Cheetah Family - Serengeti

Serengeti

serengeti silhuettes

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Lions of Serengeti

Just came back from safari in Serengeti. There are so many pictures  so i decided to break safari in Tanzania to multiple posts. We had a wonderful chance to observe this amusing lion couple just about 4 meters from the safari car. Lioness was not in the mood for love right a way, but lion was persistent, so finally…. Love is in the air.

This was my second time safari with Shadows of Africa. www.shadowsofafrica.com

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Safari Tanzania - Lion couple in Serengeti

Safari Tanzania / Serengeti

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Safari Serengeti

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safari serengeti lions

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Tanzanian Money

I just wanted to share Tanzanian bank notes. I really find some of them among more interesting and beautiful if comparing them to Euros or other currencies.  Take a look, nice money isn’t it?

Average Tanzanian Salary is between 80 000 TSH an 150 000 TSH, which is in Eur 40 and 80 Eur. Now do the math….
Tanzanian Money - 500 TSH

Tanzanian Money - 500 TSH

Tanzanian Money 1000 TSH

Tanzanian Money - 1000 TSH

Tanzanian Money - 2000 TSH

Tanzanian Money - 2000 TSH

Tanzanian Money - 5000 TSH

Tanzania Money - 5000 TSH

Tanzanian Money - 10000 TSH

Tanzania Money - 10000 TSH

Bus Station in Tanzania

I love Africa! You can buy anything just about anywhere.

Bus stations are the most photogenic places but the problem is I am afraid to pull out my better camera from my backpack:-)

Bus Station Africa

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate

One of numerous golden figurines from Museo del oro – Gold museum in Bogota that displays extraordinary selection of its pre-Hispanic gold work.

Golden Figurine

Trip To Crater Lake Chala

Another weekend, another trip. This time to Lake Chala which is located on the border Kenya. Magical place, a bit remote but this is what makes it so tranquil. Nirvana for 7 USD per night.

Lake Chala Safari Camp

Lake Chala

I Am Going To Serengeti!

Travel plans for this Christmas are special, my wish to see mighty Serengeti will come true finally. Last year I already saw Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Lake Eyasi and Lake Manyara. This year I am ready to witness wildebeest migration in full swing in Serengeti! YAY!

Safari in Tanzania sponsored by Safari Junkie. Thanks!

 

wildebeest migration

Safari in Tanzania

Tarangire national park safari

Tarangire national park safari - landscape

On the way

Tarangire National Park - Old Elephant

Ngorongoro - Lion in The Wind

Tarangire National Park - Itchy ears

Tarangire - zebras

Day Trip To Kilimanjaro National Park

I wanted to do this trip to Kilimanjaro National Park last year but there was not enough time.  One day, 24 kilometers of walking, great guide, 150 USD and here i was, Mandara hut 2720 m. There is another 350 m to Maundi Crater, so  I can say i was on 3000 meters for the first time of my life. If the entrance wasn’t so expensive I would do a two day trip up to Horombo hut…Now i have a reason come back next time, fitter of course:-)

Kilimanjaro Tour

Kilimanjaro National Park

Burnt by the sun

Landscape from Maundi Crater

Guide

Kids in Arusha

I live out of Arusha in a suburb where children are barefoot playing around with improvised toys. In the back you can see Mt. Meru volcano mountain.

Mount Meru

On the playground near Arusha

Satrurday is Wedding Day in Arusha

If you happen to be in Arusha on Saturday you will definitely have a chance to see wedding trucks full of people, playing music on trumpets and drums and singing while driving through town.

wedding

Would Love To Have This in My Garden

Sorry fellow bloggers for not following your posts as much as I would like to! Here is Internet connection really slow so I am not posting as much as i  planned from home. I have now already all settled in Arusha, in a nice quiet neighborhood under the slopes of volcano mountain Meru. As I have to work daily i haven’t manage to utilize my camera yet, just few snapshots with iphone, but since i am gonna stay here for two months i have time to catch up with photography.

I fell in love with this ornamental garden banana tree!
Banana Tree

Towards the African Sunsets

Finally the Day is here. I am a bit nervous, all packed and ready for two loooong  flights. Leaving winter, fog and cold weather behind:)  Wish me Luck!

Morning Sky Up in The Air

African Sunset

Women at Work

In Tanzania it is estimated that women especially rural women provide 80 percent of labour force in rural area and producing 60 percent of food production.

Rural Tanzania

Women at Work

Working

Looking for seashells

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

Mentality.Madaba is special place in Jordan for many reasons. To me the photo below presents foreignism. Town was full of transparents and my guide told me they are praising their King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein. I was surprised, since i come from a country where people are disappointed by politicians and the last thing would be praising them and showing the love and support with banners.

Madaba

Warm Heart of Africa

Final errands to run before i leave.Try to eliminate the  expectations, but feel like i might not come back:D Felt like at home there last year and feels like I am coming home. …. What do we need to feel happy? Western comodities didnt make me happy so far. Money? Job titles? I dont think so….

Summer on Zanzibar

Just a Little Bit …..

Still at home, departing in ten days. Bought a brand new Leica Camera, x2, yes for those who are familiar with this brand, you are right. since i don’t plan to sell my kidney X2 is sweet substitute for M9 series but i can feel it will not let me down. I decided to experiment with street photography during my stay in Africa. if you wish you can follow posted pics on my blog  specially created for black and white journal from Africa. no sunsets, just real, candid life:

visit and tell me what you think:D

http://africamoments.wordpress.com
Zanzibar

Counting Down – 4 Months in Africa

Didnt have much time off this year as i am saving all my free days at work for this trip. Although 51 days sounds incredibly a lot of time, weeks are passing by with enormous speed. So, slowly falling in the mood for Africa, reading some literature and travel stories, printing vouchers for first few days of arrival, gathering a huge pile of things and clothes that will be soon on a baggage trial – and i will probably make phd on how to pack for four months in one deuter backpack. Nevertheless, I will start my trip in Tanzania, then i fly to Rwanda  then Virunga  national park in DR Congo –  if god is merciful:), then to Uganda and finish in Kenya. Sounds easy….:D

Excited to say the least, and proud as this will be my first solo trip.

On The Road

Colombia Itinerario

Mochilero en Colombia

Después de la decisión de viajar a Colombia, lo más difícil fue decidir qué excluir de la lista de lugares de interés atractiva y activa. Ciudades coloniales, plantaciones de café ruinas arqueológicas, trekking de alta montaña, buceo, rafting, observación de la lista de ballena es casi interminable.

Había cerca de tres variaciones diferentes de itinerario – aquí es el último bucle.

colombia itinerario

Bogota

Si tu vuelo aterriza en el aeropuerto de Bogotá a Bogotá es el punto lógico de inicio y una base para hacer excursiones laterales alrededor de Bogota. Pasar unos días en la ciudad, pasear, visitar el Museo del oro, Museo de la Policía, la abundancia de todo lo que cuelgan alrededor de la Candelaria, ir a la Zona Rosa de la noche …. A medida que planeaba quedarse en Bogotá durante los primeros tres días en el tramo inicial del viaje a Colombia, hemos optado por hacer un viaje a Catedral de Sal de Zipaquirá, que le llevará un día. Además de los mochileros Zipaquira muchos optan por Villa de Leyva o Gill San. La elección es suya, una cuestión de prioridades personales y el tiempo disponible.

Bogota center

Pasto – Ipiales – Pasto

La siguiente parada fue Pasto (en realidad, Catedral de Las Lajas cerca de Ipiales) que se encuentra en la parte suroeste de Colombia. Después de una investigación a fondo en línea que decidimos tomar un avión, de lo contrario se perdería demasiado tiempo en viajar de ida y vuelta. En primer lugar, estábamos pensando en tomar un autobús y hacer una parada en Popayán y disponibles en otro lugar y luego la cabeza hacia el sur. De acuerdo con otros recursos en línea que es un largo viaje en autobús.

las lajas sanctuario

Pasto – Cali – Armenia – Salento

Un fin de semana en Pasto es suficiente si vas allí principalmente para visitar la Catedral de Las Lajas en Ipiales. Vuelo de regreso a Cali. Desde Cali tomamos un minibús que nos llevó a Armenia y luego otro a la localidad de Salento – una base para la excursión de un día al Valle de Cocora.
Finca in Valle de Cocora

Salento a través de Pereira – Medellín

Después de caminar en el lugar más magnífico que en Colombia continuó hacia Medellín. Sólo pasamos cinco días en Medellín y que definitivamente no es suficiente para ver todo. Un viaje al lado de Guatapé (El Peñol).

El Penon

Medellín – Cartagena

Pasamos un fin de semana en Cartagena.
Cartagena square

Cartagena – Santa Marta

Desde Cartagena tomamos un bus a Santa Marta, que dura unas cinco horas. Santa Marta no es una ciudad puerto de emoción, pero su boleto al Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Pasamos allí una semana, incluyendo Tayrona y Taganga. Si tienes suerte con el clima – que realmente no eran – tomar una Ciudad Perdida caminata.

tayrona  playa

Santa Marta – San Andrés

 En el momento de la visita no había vuelos directos desde Santa Marta. Primero viajó a Bogotá, luego a Cartagena y finalmente a San Andrés para finalizar el viaje con playas de arena reales.

playa san andres

San Andrés-Bogotá – Inicio.

De todos los viajes visitó los países a Colombia me dejó la impresión más profunda withe. Su tesoro más preciado y la diversidad de las joyas naturales y culturales que son simplemente impresionantes. A pesar de la mucha pobreza en las zonas rurales, el orgullo infinito, pero aún grandes, la alegría y la risa en la cara de todo el mundo, se obtiene una perspectiva diferente de la vida. ¡Qué triste e injusto que muchas personas todavía están familiarizados con este país sólo por las drogas, la delincuencia y los secuestros. Este es sin duda un país que merece una segunda oportunidad. Una vez allí, ni por un momento no se sentirá inseguro. El único pensamiento que llevas dentro de ti, es que el viaje no terminaría nunca, y como dice el eslogan organización de turismo de Colombia, el único peligro que está ahí fuera es posible que desee permanecer en Colombia para siempre.

All Day I Dream About Zanzibar

My favourite place on Zanzibar:) Nungwi beach was unforgettable place on my vaction to Tanzania. I dont even know whether to say this here on WordPress because I dont want to come there again and find crowded place because everybody will want to be there. But yes, I love solitude, and I got it there, plenty. I couldn’t understand that guests preferred swimming pool over the sea!

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Actually I stayed a few days in Luxury resort generally isn’t my way of travel, but after a weeks of dusty roads and low budget hotels Ras Nungwi really felt like heaven. You can read more aboout this hotel on my blog: Ras Nungwi Hotel

Here is one video, the rest of material on link above.

What To See in Barcelona

In November I had a opportunity to visit Barcelona for a few days. There was so much more on my to see list, but I ran out of time.

Here are some photos from Olympic park, Barrio Gothico, Gaudi park, Sagrada Familia, Casa Batillo and from Placa Espanya. If you havent been there yet you can get a picture what to see in Barcelona, this is only a fragment and will probably upload part two.

Have to come back  for more this summer 🙂

Olympic Park

Placa Espanya

Barrio Gotico

Sagrada Familia

Street Lamps

Casa Batillo

Puzzle - Gaudi

Beautiful Altar

Entrance

WHite

Almost on The Beach

Zipaquira Trip

In 2010 I was backpacking in Colombia. Zipaquira was my first day trip from Bogota. What makes Zipaquira so interesting is underground  cathedral in former salt mine.

Enjoy the pics:)

If you are interested to find out more  here is a post about Trips around Bogota.

Another good post is about Colombia itinerary i used on visit to Colombia. The beauty of this itinerary is that it can help you with planning your trip to Colombia. It could be easily modified from original four weeks to two weeks: Backpacking Colombia

Zipaquira panorama

Zipaquira square

Salt Cathedral entrance - Zipaquira

Salt Cathedral - Zipaquira

Salt Cathedral - Zipaquira

Salt Cathedral - Zipaquira