When I left Tanzania in February, I wrote a summary of the 2 months I had spent in the country. The last thing I wrote was I’ll miss Tanzania but I’m not worried, I know I’ll be back…Well 9 months later, here we are again in what feels like our second home!
The best thing about my lifestyle is that I’m completely nomadic and can earn a living on the road. After a busy summer of expeditions and barely spending any time with the hubby, it was time for a break. A chance for us to see each other, be in one place so we can catch up with our work and to step away from adventuring for a bit….ideally in a hot and idyllic setting!
I’d been toying with the idea of returning to Mafia – a neighbouring and little-known island next to Zanzibar – as there was an opportunity to initiate a conservation project (more on that in the next blog!). When we received an invite to join a celebration in Arise primary school, it seemed like it was meant to be. Especially when I checked the flights and they showed up as only £300 return from the UK!!
Celebrations in Wiri
Arise is a primary school sat in a poor village called Wiri near the base of Kilimanjaro. We have been fundraising for them for the last 2 years through ACE Charity (we’ve raised over £5000 to date – very proud of that!). We spent a month volunteering there in February and also sponsor a lovely boy at the school, Junior, through his education.
They have recently been officially recognised as a school so to celebrate that, and 5 years since opening, they put on a massive party.
It was good to be back. Staying with Anna and her son Jovi, who we had spent a month with when we were here volunteering, and in amongst the warm smiles and laughs of the locals, the beautiful views of Kilimanjaro and Anna’s tasty cooking.
Arise and the community here really do own a bit of my heart!
I feel like a different person
This summer has been a bit crazy and it has taken its toll. I’ve never worked so hard in my life and am not exaggerating when I say I haven’t taken a single day off since May. But it has been worth it. Seeing my hard work pay off and the many benefits brought to the women in the Love Her Wild community.
I’ve got a lot to celebrate….
- reaching over 2500 Love Her Wild members
- putting together 2 epic expeditions; Paddle Pickup and the Everest Adventure
- doubling my blog traffic
- talking at some amazing events including RGS, WAExpo and Yestival
- setting up Patreon for Love Her Wild and getting my first supporters!
I felt like a different person when I landed in Tanzania with all the stress of the summer melting away. It’s time to step back just a tad so that I can take in my successes. And think clearly about 2018 and what is next both for me – my blog, my expeditions – but also for the Love Her Wild community.
Time for a giveaway!
I wanted to celebrate what feels like a massive milestone in my life and to thank all my loyal followers who have been with me this summer. So I will be selecting someone to win a VSSL Supplies worth £89.95. This really is the ultimate adventure gadget.
You just need to be signed up to my free newsletter to be in with a chance of winning: https://www.theordinaryadventurer.com/sign-up/
A winner will be announced at the end of November.