Masai Mara – crossed of my list

Masai Mara National Park is probably one of the most famous in Kenya for it’s the second half of the Tanzanian Serengeti. That’s why most of my workcamp participants had been looking forward to visit  in order to see the Big Five (elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard, rhino). However, I didn’t like it as much as I expected to.

The reason: I found it quite expensive and too crowded. Besides, I had probably lost my hard to my surprising favorite Lake Nakuru National Park a couple of days before. If you expect nothing you can’t be disappointed, I guess.

The lesson: I like to explore hidden treasures (at least the not-so-famous-and-crowded-places) more than visiting super famous places. I love to watch animals. Masai Mara’s sheer endless landscape is very impressive anyways.

Two of hundreds of safari cars driving tourists through Masai Mara.

Two of hundreds of safari cars driving tourists through Masai Mara.

However, all in all, I nevertheless enjoyed our trip through Masai Mara.

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Glück ist…

Kennt ihr sie auch? Diese Momente, die perfekt zu sein scheient?

Für sich genommen mögen einzelne Erlebnisse eher unscheinbar daherkommen. Genau diese Kleinigkeiten waren es aber, die den Sonntag für mich zu einem der bisher schönsten Tage in Chiang Mai gemacht haben.

Glück ist…

  • einen Ausflug zum Wararot Market, Klein-China in Chiang Mai, zu machen.
  • danach in einem total schnuckligen Café zu sitzen, Mädchengespräche zu führen und dabei eine Tasse Milchtee zu trinken, die mich an indischen Chai und meine Zeit in Baroda erinnert.
  • mich in der Roof Top Bar der letzten Sonnenstrahlen des Tages zu erfreuen und dabei meinen Gedanken nachzuhängen.
  • bei einem kühlen Getränk den Sonnenuntergang über dem Doi Suthep zu genießen.
  • meine erste, super wohltuende Thaimassage zu erleben.
  • auf dem Heimweg stehenzubleiben, um hunderte Lampions am Himmel zu beobachten.

 

Magic Moments

Do you know those picture perfect moments when everything seems to be just right?

Each experience for itself might not seem like much. However, several of those tiny, perfect moments I experienced on Sunday made the day to be one of my favorite ones in Chiang Mai so far.

Happiness is…

  • to visit the Wararot Market, Little China in Chiang Mai.
  • to sit in a cute little café afterwards, have some girl talk and drink milk tea that reminds me of Indian Chai and my time in Baroda.
  • to enjoy the day’s last sunbeams while sitting in a roof top bar and think about life.
  • to watch the pretty sunset over Doi Suthep while having an ice cold drink.
  • to have my first original, super relaxing Thai massage.
  • to have a break while walking home to watch hundreds of lampions fly up the sky.

Meet my workcamp group

Mir ist kürzlich aufgefallen, dass ich euch meine Workcampgruppe noch gar nicht vorgestellt habe. Aber wie heißt es so schön? Besser spät als nie. Bittesehr: meine wundervolle Gruppe …und ein paar Tempel- und Busfahrimpressionen der vergangenen Woche.

I just notice that I never introduced my workcamp group to you, my dear readers and friends. I will make it up to you right away. Let me introduce you to my group …and some pretty temples we visited during the week (plus a picture of a busride – just because I kinda like it).

Friendship

Bild: Gina Reinholz
I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun. (Charles R. Swindoll)
Bild: Gina Reinholz