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Boys weekend in Jozie: Football and Party

Football was calling us to Johannesburg once again – after the magnificient World Cup 2010 the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) was celebrated with the magic players from across the African continent. As we managed to get tickets for the AFCON three guys went to Jozie for the AFCON final – and managed to see…

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My adventures in FU university newsletter

It´s been already two years since I finally handed my diploma-thesis and managed to get my exam – 24 months of great work and life experiences abroad in Asia and now in Southern Africa. And during this time I realised how much I owe my motivation and experiences from non-formal education but especially how much…

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SADC water-management and its impact

As I am working already nine months in the GTZ Transboundary Water Management programm supporting the SADC Water Division with monitoring activities, donor-harmonisation and diverse public relation activities I wanted to share some results and impacts of our work for better understanding. Often regional integration is not easy to explain and benefits are indirect and…

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Family-trip to South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique

Southern Africa is a great place for holidays – especially, when the grey November-days starting in Europe and Germany. That why my father and my brother and his girl-friend decided to visit the region for a two-weeks roundtrip to South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique and Botswana in the beginning of November and I joined them for…

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Breakfast with elephants in the Okavango delta

The Okavango-delta in Botswana is famous all round the world as one of the pristine areas with an overflow of birds, mamals, trees and flowers – also it is one of the rare areas, where a strong river simply silt up with an enourmous delta in the middle of the Kalahari desert. As I am…

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Smooth mixture between sea and mountains: Cape Town

We made it to the “Mother City” – Cape Town and its beautiness. Last time when I was there – four years ago – she was hidden in clouds and rain but this time the capricious city showed herselfs from her best side. We had an amazing week caught between the majestic table mountain and…

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Finally Dolphins!

As my probation period ends I am now officially allowed taking holidays again and so the next months are packed with diverse get-aways and proper leaves to all the exotic countries around us to dive deeper in the African adventure. As I liked the amazing Namibian country-side in March so much we started end of…

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FIFA World Cup: magic vuvuzela-times

FIFA World Cup in South Africa: So many words have been written and so many stories told but these were some extra-ordinary weeks over here in Southern Africa with great games & people, freaky vuvuzelas, amazing hospitality and most of all a great team-spirit. Before the games started everybody was nervous and also a bit…

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Between work, lions and once-in-lifetime experiences

Now it´s almost three months that I arrived back to Southern Africa – to this amazing continent full of extrems: amazing people and hospitality – chaotic and ineffective organisation … incredible landscapes – poverty and health problems … lots of work – but also great short-time holidays. Even if my pictures speak different languages and…

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Rain in Mapungubwe

Rain, rain, rain – these were the first impressions that Jona got, when he finally arrived on 22nd April from Germany in Johannesburg. As this time of the year in Southern Africa the short autumn starts and will be followed by winter in June and July – it is getting pretty cold in the morning…

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Namibia: Stunning Desert and Mountains

Shortly before Easter my car, Toyota RAV4, arrived and so I therefore decided to spend these days with friends in Namibia. That was mainly an adventure for the car and me, as we didn´t know each others at all before we departed for this 3.000km journey from Gaborone to Windhoek, from there to Sossusvlei and…

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New York – my love!

I was finally back to the “city that never sleeps” and what should I say? There are some days in your life, that take your breath away – and we had almost a whole week of them in this amazing world-capital: a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience. It was great seeing Susi finally back after two month of…

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Botswana (almost) in football-fever

It is very exiting to realise once again, that the world is very small and that also Botswana makes no exception. That why I wasn´t very surprised receiving Jonas visit for this weekend, as we were working together in European youthmedia – he for Sweden, me for Germany. Together we used the weekend for an…

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Happy to be back in Botswana

After a very long flight taking me from Berlin to Munich – over the white Alpes, through whole African continent to Johannesburg in South Africa and I finally arrived on Tuesday after almost a day of travelling to beautiful Gaborone in Botswana. It was great flying in over a totally green Kalahari-desert, as it was…

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Between Carnival and Northsea

Before I join my new job on 1st of March in Botswana I am currently on preparation-courses in Eschborn (near Frankfurt/Main) with around 30 other GTZ co-workers, who will join projects all over the world. For the first time in my professional job I receive professional preparation with management-skills, financial-explainations and of course strategic elements…

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