Spices of Zanzibar

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Did you know that your passport gets stamped when you arrive on the Zanzibar archipelago, even if you’ve travelled there from mainland Tanzania? We didn’t either, until we took the ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar City.

After landing in Zanzibar City, we hired a van to take us across the main island Unguja to the eastern town of Jambiani. On the way, we drove through the Jozani Chwaka National Park and Forest.

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Bears and bison in Yellowstone

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The wide open space of the Yellowstone National Park might come as a shock to city kids, when there is not much else but big blue skies and the Rocky Mountains.

We’d entered Yellowstone via the Grand Tetons in the south, travelling through Wyoming. On a tour across the northern United States – aptly named the Northern Trail – we tried to take in a few national parks on the way, and the world’s oldest national park was very high on the list.

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Ave Caesar in Xanten

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Xanten, the only city in Germany to start with an X, looks back on over 2,000 years of history. The Romans called it Colonia Ulpia Traiana and after Claudia Ara Agrippinensium (today known as Köln / Cologne) it was the second-most important city and trading post in Germania inferior.

Today, the main city is medieval in architecture, but the Archäologische Park Xanten is bringing the Roman Empire back to life.

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Weekly Goals – Vol. 9

Monday sees me with a shiny, new list of goals I have set myself for this week. Once again, assignments and completion of modules are my main focus, plus the remainder of the A to Z Challenge.

I hereby give fair warning: I need to study this weekend. No outside distractions. Friday is a national holiday here in Germany (Labour Day) and I’m off work, so I really want to dedicate the time to my degree and try and get ahead a little in my reading and writing.

I’m starting a new course today for my M.A. Cross-Cultural Communication. It’s called MA500 Persuasion and consists of 7 modules and 16 assignments in total (mainly forum contributions of varying lengths), so the amount of work I need to hand in per week will increase.

Among the things I hope to achieve this week are the following:

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Wellington, the windy city

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The first time I visited New Zealand’s capital Wellington, I didn’t get a chance to really see the city. We arrived at dusk and only stayed because we had to catch the first Inter-Islander ferry to Picton on the South Island the next morning. My main impression was of a windy place, but that might have been because I only really saw the train station and harbour.

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ROW80 – Crossing off lists

It’s already Sunday night, which means it’s time for another ROW80 check-in.

While I wrote a lot this week and got a lot done, I didn’t get as much done as I had hoped.

I only just finished one assignment and didn’t get a chance to do both I had set out to finish this week. The binder will have to wait a little, as the outline for course MA500 Persuasion isn’t as straight forward as expected, so I’m still trying to figure out how best to sort it all. I did make a start on the binder, though.

The supplement courses are going ok, though again, due to time limits, I haven’t completed as many modules as I would have liked.

But here’s what I managed to do:

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