Category Archives: A to Z Challenge

Reflecting on the A to Z Challenge

As usual, I was quite late to the party. It wasn’t last minute for a change, but still quite late. By the time I found out about the A to Z Challenge there was only about a month to go before it started.

Now I can say my armchair travel round-the-world trip from Auckland to Zanzibar was a success, but it took a while to get there.

“How hard can it be to write 26 posts, A to Z?” I asked myself. Well, turns out, a lot harder than I thought. What could I blog about that would give me 26 posts from A to Z? At first I tried to keep in line with the theme of this blog. Something study related, maybe? Maybe not. So, literature, then. It had to be literature. How about book reviews? Had I read books that correspond to every letter of the alphabet? I made a list and found it lacking. I could have scraped by, but some entries would have required more research than they were worth, plus the whole translation issue – it turned iffy before I had even started.

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If We Were Having Coffee… On May 2

Hello my lovelies!

It is Saturday and that means that it’s time for our Weekend Coffee Share!

If we were having coffee today we’d meet at the ice cream parlour in town for coffee and ice cream. The A to Z Challenge is over and I feel we all need a treat for completing it.

If you’ve been reading this blog then you’ll know that my theme for the A to Z Challenge was “Postcards”, but I extended it a little and it turned more into “Letters” and “Travelogues” as time went on.

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Spices of Zanzibar

This post is the last post of the April 2015 A to Z Challenge. Find the challengers via the Blog Sign-Up or on Twitter using #AtoZChallenge.

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

This post is part of the April 2015 A to Z Challenge. Find the challengers via the Blog Sign-Up or on Twitter using #AtoZChallenge.

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

This post is part of the April 2015 A to Z Challenge. Find the challengers via the Blog Sign-Up or on Twitter using #AtoZChallenge.

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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Wellington, the windy city

This post is part of the April 2015 A to Z Challenge. Find the challengers via the Blog Sign-Up or on Twitter using #AtoZChallenge.

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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