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A Safari In The Serengeti

Lion (Panthera Leo), Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa

Lion (Panthera Leo), Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa

To do a Safari through some of the most known National Parks in the world is the experience of a life time! After arriving in Arusha, near the Kilimanjaro, we toured the northern national parks of Tanzania for one week: Lake Manyara, the Serengeti, the N´gorongoro Crater and Tarangire. Continue Reading →

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Saint Louis & North Senegal

Streets of St. Louis ... Where else would you see a banged up Renault 18 or Peugeot 505?

Streets of St. Louis … Where else would you see a banged up Renault 18 or Peugeot 505?

Since our first trip to Senegal left such a strong impression on us, we decided to discover more of this country, this time heading north for 12 days over Easter in April 2004. We only stayed one night in Dakar, at the Hotel Al Afifa, in our opinion the best deal in town. Then we immediately headed for St. Louis, the old colonial center of the very first French administration, with a Taxi Brousse. There we treated ourselves to the Hotel Cap St. Louis, a very pleasant place and a heaven of quietness on the Langue de Barbarie for an absolutely acceptable price. Continue Reading →

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17 Days Through West Cuba

Landscape in the Vinales region in the west of Cuba - The famous Mogates, bumps 20-30 Meters high, rise around the lush valley, Vinales, Cuba

Landscape in the Vinales region in the west of Cuba – The famous Mogates, bumps 20-30 Meters high, rise around the lush valley, Vinales, Cuba

We spent 17 days in Cuba starting December, 20th 2003. Of course our travel started in magic Havana. We did not understand the hype about Vedado but definitely enjoyed Havana Viejo & Centro. Continue Reading →

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One Month Discovering Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam

We traveled through Vietnam from July 18th to August 18th 2003. First we stayed a few days in Ho Chi Minh City at a friend’s place, visiting the city and discovering the Vietnamese cuisine, which we found extremely delicious. From Ho Chi Minh, we explored the famous and really spectacular Cu Chi Tunnels dug by the Vietcong during the American War as it is called in Vietnam.

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Dakar & La Casamance

Fishers painting one of the traditional pyrogues ... Next to it a pile of oyster shelves mixed into concrete for building houses

Fishers painting one of the traditional pyrogues … Next to it a pile of oyster shelves mixed into concrete for building houses

We first spent a few days discovering Dakar, a vibrant African metropolis with a world known music scene. This was the hard way to start discovering the “Black Continent”. Immediately after leaving the airport anybody who seems to have the resources to buy the smallest item, becomes the target of all street vendors in town, and a polite “no thanks” will never make them go away. If the very one lets go of you after 15 minutes, the games starts with the next enterprising seller. Quite a nerve-racking game! Though, on another trip we stayed in Yoff, a part of the city located near the airport, and nobody ever bothered us. Continue Reading →

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