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Kilimanjaro Diaries: Or, How I Spent a Week Dreaming of Toilets, Drinking Crappy Water, and Making Bad Jokes While Having the Time of My Life (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Eva Melusine Thieme
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Nowhere else but Africa can you expect to be completely pampered when embarking on a week of hardship! 

This realization convinces housewife, mother of four, and expat blogger Eva Melusine Thieme that her idea to climb Mount Kilimanjaro as the crowning achievement of her three years in Africa isn't as crazy as it sounds. In fact, it has all the trappings of a dream vacation: no cooking, no fighting kids, no class parties to be organized, and an army of porters to lug everything up the mountain.

But she soon finds out that the list of challenges and discomforts associated with scaling Kilimanjaro is long: sub-zero temperatures, blistered feet, long drop toilets (of which, you may learn, the drops are not nearly as long as they have once been, if you get the drift!), and the ever-threatening altitude sickness no one can quite escape from. Her climb turns into the greatest challenge she has ever faced, and ultimately she must make a fateful decision on that mountain, one that will have her question the meaning of life, identity, and family.

Part guide book, part travel memoir, part history lesson, this story has something for everyone - the seasoned hiker, the aspiring Kilimanjaro trekker, the armchair traveler, the housewife and mother. You will find yourself smile and at times laugh out loud as Thieme takes you on her journey up the slopes of Kilimanjaro together with her teenage son and a group of hilarious and opinionated South African friends. From planning the trip to shopping for supplies to trudging uphill wishing with all her heart for an ice cold sip of water untainted by chlorination tablets, you will follow the author step by step on her quest to stand on the summit of Kilimanjaro or at least have a memorable time trying.

Warning: You might be determined to climb Mount Kilimanjaro yourself after reading this book!

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Eva Melusine Thieme is the author of the popular blog Joburg Expat, where she has been chronicling her family’s adventures while living in Johannesburg. Before that, she was a freelance writer for Kansas City Parent Magazine. She was born in Germany and has lived in North America, Asia, and Africa. She currently resides in Brentwood, Tennessee, with her husband and four children, where she is working on her next book about a road trip through Namibia with six people in a five-person car.

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1705 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 265 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00JAGJ7T0
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #232.433 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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EVA MELUSINE THIEME wurde in Tübingen geboren, hat an der Berufsakademie in Stuttgart studiert und nach einigen Jahren Berufsleben bei Mercedes-Benz ihren Traum verwirklicht, in den USA zu studieren. Es folgten ein MBA an der University of North Carolina, vier Kinder und sechs Umzüge zwischen drei Kontinenten, und heute lebt sie mit ihrer Familie in Brentwood, Tennessee. Dort schreibt sie über ihre jüngsten Abenteuer in Afrika und arbeitet an ihrem nächsten Buch, wenn sie nicht gerade mit Kochen, der Maulwurfjagd oder der Planung von Grundschul-Klassenpartys beschäftigt ist.

Besuchen Sie ihre Autorenseite bei http://evamelusinethieme.com/.

"Kilimandscharo-Tagebuch: Chlorwasser, kein WC, eiskalte Nächte - kurzum, ein Traumurlaub!" ist die deutsche Übersetzung der amerikanischen Originalausgabe, "Kilimanjaro Diaries". Leserrezensionen zur Originalausgabe:

"I have never felt so strongly that I was on a journey I wasn't actually on. I felt the exhaustion and camaraderie along the way, sharing each day's challenges and pleasures. I saw the rainforest at the lowest elevation and the "bleak but sunlit alpine desert" as they climbed higher; I always felt the terrain beneath my feet... A funny, wry, and moving account..." - Bacon on the Bookshelf

"I love [the author's] no-nonsense style of writing. She doesn't mince words and she's not concerned about political correctness. She's not afraid to call herself a housewife, for example, and she's not afraid to discuss the existence of "toilet apartheid" on Kilimanjaro... She simply tells the story in an interesting, engaging, funny way." - 2Summers

"Over the past year of preparing for my trip, I've read countless Kilimanjaro articles, blog posts, books, etc. And by far, yours has been the best." - Bryan Alsop, prospective Kili trekker

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Drama, humor, history, inspirational, and a true story. 25. November 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
What a joy to read! I loved this book. But it's only for those who like an adventure story, don't mind crying a little, and your credit card can take the hit when you feel the sudden urge to book the next flight to Africa . It's well written, inspiring, and she sneaks in a few history lessons along the way. Beware, it's not just about hiking. You might just find yourself questioning what it is you want to accomplish.

You might also find yourself completely enamored with a man called Godlisten (the name alone, right?).

Look, the dude tells stories as you lie in your tent and sings at night and while you hike. Who could resist that?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great read! 7. Mai 2014
Von JCD
Format:Kindle Edition
When I saw the toilet on the cover art I thought it was weird, but after reading this humorous, frank, and entertaining account of one "regular" mom's experience climbing Kilimanjaro - I get it! Thieme recounts a lot of the nitty gritty (and poopy!) details about making such a guided trek - sort of like "everything you wanted to know about climbing a mountain but were afraid to ask". Aside from the trials and obstacles to basic bodily functions, she paints such a gorgeous picture of the mountain, and a conveys the sense of accomplishment one gains from such a journey. I enjoyed that it was a good story about real people - not super-human mountaineers - with plenty of humor throughout. Her no nonsense approach to the whole trip and the re-telling of it will keep you entertained and leave you contemplating your own climb of Kilimanajaro! (The bathroom situation would need some serious overhauling before I, myself, could consider it...)
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Even if you have never aspired to climbing Kilmanjaro, this book is well worth the read. Well written, funny and insightful, I feel like I went along in the writer's backpack for this journey! The parent perspective (and not some navel gazing single person off on some life adventure AGAIN) is what makes this story real and relevant!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Charming Travelogue 17. November 2014
Von CHARLES O'DONNELL - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
In the normal course of existence I do not think about the things I do not think about. What should I have for lunch? Where did I leave my shoes? How many days until retirement? That's what I think about. If I were removed from my routine and thrust into an alien experience, where would my thoughts turn?
I would probably think a lot about bathrooms and drinking water. But I would also think about what it really means to be human.
Kilimanjaro Diaries chronicles just such a displacement. An average mother and homekeeper (if you can call a family of six who, in the course of their lives, had been transplanted from Singapore to North Carolina to Kansas to South Africa "average") takes on the challenge of scaling the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. And she does it in the company of her sixteen-year-old son. Thieme details her preparations leading up to the expedition, providing a handy guide to anyone considering an attempt on Kili. But she also paints an endearing portrait of a friendship and family bonding as she describes the day-by-day trek up the mountainside.
You'll enjoy Kilimanjaro Diaries at several levels, as I did. The pacing is good, and the author's use of language to describe the scenery, events, and personal interactions is memorable. If I had one criticism, it would be this: the book isn't sure if it's a travel guide or a personal journal. It can be both, of course, but I would like to have heard more about the bonding experience between the author and her son Max. I found those parts to be the most charming but too infrequent.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen On my bad days, it kept me motivated and helped me ... 29. Oktober 2014
Von Samantha Reid - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Eva - I downloaded your book 1 day before my trip to Kili. I read it every night as a treat while I was trying to fall asleep in my tent. It was my companion on my whole trip. On my bad days, it kept me motivated and helped me feel less afraid of the summit.I did the Lemosho route which was quite different from yours, but my experiences were the same. I kept giggling every time I went into our Tee tee after I read your descriptions :)

Thanks for sharing your experiences! I really enjoyed reading about them. I too summited and feel so proud. Each day I have a song in my heart. Jambo, Jambo Bwana! Habari gani, msuri sana :)
4.0 von 5 Sternen You're going to love this book 25. Mai 2015
Von K. Stumpf - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
First of all, I need to write a bit of a "disclaimer" here. I gave four stars instead of five and some would say that I'm crazy. But for ME, I like to read about people and culture and the action of it all. I am not a big history fan. There was, again for ME, a lot of history included in this book and I found myself skipping over that bit after a while to get to the actual mountain climb. Now THAT part for me was a very solid five stars. The author wrote so that I felt like I could see it, and even feel the experience. I could feel her tiredness, her cold, her joy, her feelings about her son, all of it. That was so well done, that it got into my head and I found myself thinking about the book even when I wasn't reading it. And as for her experience to do the Kili climb I can only say WOW. Such an incredible experience and I wished I could do something like this myself. Unfortunately my physical limitations wouldn't allow that so I lived it through her. I'm not spoiling one detail for you, but I would say, history buff or not, this is one that you're going to enjoy. I did not want it to end, and actually had to take a little break before the ending, just to prolong it. It really was that good.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Must-read book for Kilimanjaro enthusiasts 27. August 2014
Von Bryan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I'm a month away from embarking on my own Kilimanjaro climb, and in my preparation, I've read countless articles, blog posts and books by authors chronicling the story of their Kilimanjaro excursions. This book is by far the best of them that I've read. There are numerous passages from the book that I've been compelled to share with family and friends, as they so aptly describe what I'm feeling and/or looking forward to as I prepare for my own expedition to the top of Africa -- especially the camaraderie felt among the team of climbers and porters. On many pages I was chuckling. And on many others I was welling with tears, especially about the events that transpire during the night of the summit attempt. Eva is a talented writer who "tells it like it is" about all aspects of the experience, from the practical to the emotional, and I look forward to reading more of her writing. If you're preparing for your own climb, read the latest edition of Henry Stedman's Kilimanjaro book, and also read this one. And then you'll be all set with everything you need to know.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Drama, some history, it's inspirational, and it's a true story. 25. November 2014
Von Kindle Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
What a joy to read! But...only if you like an adventure story, don't mind crying a little, and your credit card can take the hit when you feel the sudden urge to book the next flight to Africa . It's well written, inspiring, and she sneaks in a few history lessons along the way. Beware, it's not just about hiking. You might just find yourself questioning what it is you want to accomplish.

You might also find yourself completely enamored with a man called Godlisten (the name alone, right?).

Look, the dude tells stories as you lie in your tent and sings at night and while you hike. Who could resist that?

For those who like author trivia, Sine was born in Germany, been a serial expat, was a tar heel (once a tar heel, always a tar heel?), and has been on loads of other adventures. More please!
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