Tanzania: A Trip of a Lifetime

I cannot believe this trip was over a year ago. I’ve traveled to quite a few places in my life and seen quite a few things, but Tanzania will forever remain in the top trips.

How could it not?

I climbed Kilimanjaro, I explored the Serengeti and Ngorongoro and I got to wander along the beautiful beaches in Zanzibar.

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It all started about 3 months before the trip when my husband announced he was headed to Rwanda and Tanzania for work. I immediately decided I would be joining him too.

At this point we had been trying to get pregnant for almost 2 years and had just started doing some tests at our doctor’s office which would likely lead to assisted fertility, so we decided it would be a good time to take a break and just enjoy life.

Traveling for me is the ultimate enjoyment and I had always has my eye on both the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro, so I started to research guide companies. Since my fitness leveled had decreased since my ironman year, I wasn’t sure I could make it up Kilimanjaro, but as faith would have it (or maybe it was some Facebook algorithm), I logged onto Facebook and a picture of a college friend at the Kili summit popped up. I immediately messaged him and ended up talking to him on the phone for over an hour about his trip. My other friend who had also climbed Kili had just moved to DC, so a couple of conversations with her and I had made up my mind. This was happening!

I briefly considered also heading to Rwanda, but with an expanding business, I decided 2 weeks was the max vacation I could handle and that would be just enough to see what Tanzania had to offer.

My husband, also limited on time, decided he preferred the safari over climbing, so that was set…I’d be climbing Kilimanjaro solo (and by solo I mean with a group of sherpas, so not quite solo) and then we’d meet up and head on a safari followed by a few days on the beach.

We’d also be traveling to Africa solo, as he’d be off to Rwanda for work while I headed down to Kilimanjaro. I’m personally a fan of traveling solo, although I am always concerned about safety, so I knew I’d have to plan things out and be well-prepared.

I ended up booking my flight with Qatar Airways, because…well if you have a chance to visit an extra country, wouldn’t you? I only overnighted in Qatar and stayed in the airport, BUT Qatar Airways offers a 2-hour city tour to its passengers with a long layover, so that’s exactly what I did.QatarMontageAnd I even got in a quick swim in the Qatar Airport pool.

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Then it was off to Tanzania where I would be met by Popote Adventures, the company I chose for both my Kilimanjaro climb and our Serengeti/Ngorongoro safari. They do tours on Zanzibar too, but we decided that in Zanzibar we’d do nothing more than wander the beach.

Check out the details of each leg of my trip:
Climbing Kilimanjaro – Kilimanjaro Summit – Safari – Zanzibar
(links coming soon as I write the posts!)
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When things that aren’t broken, don’t work…

I feel completely overwhelmed by the love and support you have shown me. If you know me, you know I believe that everything happens for a reason, but I am not going to lie, it has been a tough two years…

dsc02747Remember my Kilimanjaro trip in February? Seemed like a fun adventurous trip, right? What I didn’t tell anyone is that it was my it’s-been-12-months-of-trying-and-I-had-a-mental-breakdown-and-decided-to-go-on-a-crazy-adventure-where-I-live-in-a-tent-by-myself-for-a-week trip.

Turned out to be a fantastic trip, but I could’ve probably lived without the rollercoaster of emotions I experienced in the preceding year.

We’re only a few months into assisted fertility treatments, so I really shouldn’t complain and I have every reason to believe things will work out, but when you’re dealing with unexplained infertility, it can be frustrating, because nothing’s broken, it just won’t work….

pregnancyannouncements Most days I can handle things okay, but it has been hard watching people announce pregnancies, have babies, and sometimes even announce a second pregnancy, all the while you’re peeing on ovulation strips, timing intercourse, getting your blood taken, popping pills, getting shots and cycling between eating and drinking the healthiest things possible, to chugging coffee, inhaling wine, consuming raw seafood and ingesting large amounts of comfort (junk) food.

Don’t get me wrong, I am very very happy for all those people and share their excitement…it’s just hard.

It has also been hard to watch my triathlete friends plan and execute their race seasons, all the while you have to sit back and adjust to a life where planning ahead, or even running more than 2 miles, is just not an option.

Not going home to Curacao for over 2 years (thanks Zika) and being limited in where I can travel has been another obstacle I haven’t been too happy about. I miss my little island. I miss the beach. I miss our food. I miss my family.

hotflashesThe worst though have been the hormonal rages (clomid crazies), unexplained weight gain, explained weight gain (I’m definitely not working out enough and it’s kinda hard not to stress eat), and….the hot flashes!

It got so bad at one point, I had to tell my staff about it, because hanging out in a tank top when the rest of the office is wearing thick sweaters, and being a bubbly happy person one day, feisty and grumpy the next and then so monotone your voice creeps them out…well, let’s just say it’s better to explain that the emotional rollercoaster has nothing to do with their work performance and everything to do with hormones.

All in all, I cannot tell you how lucky I feel to have such a supportive group of staff, friends and family. I don’t think I’ll share the details of each of our procedures with you, but know that your support is appreciated and…please keep your fingers crossed that things work out for us. And maybe while we wait I’ll finally post about that crazy Kilimanjaro trip!

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