Monthly Archives: April 2012

Kilimanjaro, see you on the mountain top

Today, the Swedish television showed a program about a bunch of girls on the way to he top of Kilimanjaro. Great show, great mountain, great memories. World’s highest freestanding mountain. A volcano that is 5895 meters high. Wow!

That leads me to the first post about world heritage sites we’ ve visited. In 1987 the Kilimanjaro National Park became a world heritage site. “National phenomena or beauty.”

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I visited it with two friends in January 2007. We didn’t make it all the way to the top, but just a little bit over 5000 meters.

Two friends and I just decided one day that it was time for the adventure of our lifes and planned a trip to Africa with one of the goals to reach Kilimanjaro. We strted out in a Tanzanian town called Moshi. Equipped with walking poles and trekking gear, we met our guides and porters at the Machame gate. It was a bunch of people. All the tourists were excited and ready to go. The weather was nice. And finally we started out.

In the beginning it was easy walking through the jungle. We tried to walk fast, but were reminded by our guides to go slowly: “Pole, pole!” After a while we got a bit higher and the trees were smaller and less dense. The higher we got, the less vefitation, the thinner the air, the harder walking, the easier to walk slowly. In 5 days we got higher and higher, trying adjust to the height, trying not to get sick. I felt the heighness sickness a little one or two of the days, just like huge hangover. Walking and sometimes almost climbing was challenging and really difficult.

The last day before trying to reach the summit we walked and walked for 8 hiurs straight from 3800 meters to 4200, down to 3900 and up to 4600 to rest some and then try to reach the top. Well, maybe it was badly planned, but we didn’t make it all the way to the top. I realized that I maybe would come up, but I would never make it down in one piece. Do I regret it? Yep, I do. Do I want to try it again? Yep, I do.

We have to do it again. Yes we will.

The world heritage site is visited anyways. Few more to go.

On a scale one to five, the Kilimanjaro gets five globes.

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See you on the mountain top.

The Kilimanjaro National Park on UNESCO’s list

//Monika

Welcome to our world of adventure and travel

Welcome!

The other day my boyfriend and I bought a book that describes all of the UNESCO world’s heritage sites. It’s a great and inspiring book and it just makes you want to travel. More and more. There are so many amazing things in this world that have to be seen.

I looked quickly in this book and realized that I’ve already seen some of the sites. Not many, but it’s a great start. And then the idea was born: “Let’s start a blog and write about all the sites that we’ve visited.” Sure, why not.

Since the sites are quite many we’ll just write about the ones we’ve visited already. Is that cheating? Not really. We have pictures, we have memories, I have paper diaries from most of my travels. We’ll just write them down in this blog in a post or two every week. Maybe we’ll write about travel preparations. Maybe we’ll write new posts about the sites that we visit again. We’ll see. Maybe we should sometimes post the entire list with all the sites already visited and those that are still left to visit.

The list is at the UNESCO’s page. You can find it here (link to UNESCO’s world heritage list).

Maybe this is an unrealistic and too big project to grasp at once? Well, how about starting with three years and aiming at as many sites as possible. Ley’s try to make it 100 to begin with. The rest is bonus. If it works well we’ll continue with 100 more.

And a gew words about us:

  • I’m Monika, I live in Stockholm, Sweden and work as consultant for a great IT-company, HiQ. I love travelling, photogrphy and just being happy.
  • Jany is my boyfriend and he loves this idea as well. He does also love travelling, photography and my crazy ideas.
  • Maybe there will also be one more friend blogging with us, maybe not. We’ll see. That’s a little secret for now.

That’s about it for a start. Let’s have fun!