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THE FIRST MONTH

THE FIRST MONTH BY PHILIP | 3 FEBRUARY 2018 03 February 2018 night after full moon,…

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UNA VEGETARISCH

UNA VEGETARISCH BY REGINA | 28 JANUARY 2018 "Mama, ist das gewachsen oder von einer Kuh?" In Natures Valley haben…

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6 MONTH ON THE ROAD

I By:   I 1 year ago I   HOME SCHOOLING, KIDS + TRAVEL, MALAWI, Month by month, MOZAMBIQUE, New friends, TANZANIA 6 MONTH ON THE ROAD By PHILIP | 16 July 2018 It is Malawi, the so called warm heart of Africa, that transformed our perception of the African continent and helped us to gain a different perspective as to how things actually matter in our lives that we were living back home. After spending several weeks in Zimbabwe (see our last blog entry) we embarked further north east through the TETE corridor in Mozambique into Malawi – Chembe village , Cape McClear, on the southern tip of the so called lake of stars. David Livingstone, the big explorer, who’s heritage lives on in many entities in this part of the world has called it the lake of stars referring to the many fisher boats that light their lanterns at night while out on the lake fishing. It has been almost 3 month since we left St... READ MORE
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THE FORTH MONTH

I By:   I 1 year ago I   BOTSWANA, CULTURE, KIDS + TRAVEL, Month by month, ZIMBABWE THE FORTH MONTH By Philip | 10 May 2018 After a rather negative and skeptical blog entry last month I must confess that things have changed and I am happy to announce that things are back on track with regards to the spirit of exploring southern Africa. We have crossed borders twice and are currently (8th of may 2018) in Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe after a rather eventful and fulfilling 3,5 weeks spend in Kufunda (learning) village near Harare. Traversing through southern parts of Botswana has healed our wounded souls dramatically and infused a new spirit of humility and humbleness for us to continue. We visited the Goo Moremi Sacred Gorge Reserve near Palapaye, Khama Rhino Sanctuary and were leaving Botswana in the west near Francistown at Pontdrift Border post. The Goo Moremi Gorge is a sac... READ MORE
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THE SECOND MONTH

I By:   I 1 year ago I   KIDS + TRAVEL, LESOTHO, Month by month, New friends, SOUTH AFRICA THE SECOND MONTH By Philip | 5 March 2018 In the last past month we have settled in differently. It feels like long ago that we started our journey trough southern Africa and it has been a good time overall. We based our camp at Jacob’s place – a good friend of a good friend – and came to explore deeper Kwa Zulu Natal. Travelled through the southern Drakensberg (Khotso Lodge) via the Middleberg area (Inkosana Lodge) and the northern part (Glen Reenen Rest Camp San Park | Clarens | Golden Gate Park) always trying to take those back roads an dirt tracks that made us feel like locals on a mission. Traversing through Lesotho left us in awe for this forgotten country with it’s beautiful people and authentic mountain Kingdom landscape. Traveling ... READ MORE
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THE RAIN IS WITH US

I By:   I 2 years ago I   Camping, KIDS + TRAVEL, SOUTH AFRICA THE RAIN IS WITH US BY REGINA | 20 FEBRUARY 2018 We have left Durban for a trip just with the 4x4 to explore the Drakensberg, Sani Pass and Lesotho and spend 2 nights at the Khotso Horse Ranch! What an amazing farm – lot’s of mountains to hike with waterfalls on the way, 100 of horses around grazing on the Teletabbie hills, lovely people - but the rain followed us again and we ended up help filling water bottles for Cape Town with the spring water of the farm! At least the feeling of sending some of the water back to our dear home town friends which we are exposed to. We had to skip Sani Pass for now because of heavy rain but had a beautiful trip trough the midlands and spending some time now in the Drakensberg. READ MORE
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LIFE WITH KIDS ON THE ROAD

I By:   I 2 years ago I   Camping, Experience, HOME SCHOOLING, KIDS + TRAVEL, SOUTH AFRICA LIFE WITH KIDS ON THE ROAD BY PHILIP | 14 FEBRUARY 2018 PART 1: It is an atmosphere of constant learning - both for Regina and me and Rudy and Una. Being thrown into this entire new reality can be scary at times where you see no escape and no me time on the horizon. Especially that inner voice that serves as a obedient constant reminder of your old value systems … back then. It seems ages ago. Our days with our children are filled with the fireworks of emotions that 4 strong characters in a total readjustment phase are able to express. The days of travel are exhaustively beautiful and Regina is the master of distraction. We established a sort of routine in our home schooling efforts with an ever changing model adapt to our current environment. Rather an unschooling approach. Rudy suddenly bec... READ MORE
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KAFFEE GEHT SO

I By:   I 2 years ago I   HOME SCHOOLING, KIDS + TRAVEL, SOUTH AFRICA KAFFEE GEHT SO BY REGINA | 12 FEBRUARY 2018   Schon auf dem Weg nach Port Edward wurde uns die Beaver Creek Kaffee Rösterei empfohlen. Da mussten wir als Kaffe-Liebende natürlich hin. Was ein toller Ausflug – für alle von uns. Der Besitzer erklärt leidenschaftlich die Kaffee Herstellung vom Setzling über Busch und Beeren, Ernteprozess, Weiterverarbeitung bis hin zur gerösteten Bohne. Wahnsinns guter Kaffee, schönes Design und alle wieder was gelernt. READ MORE
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KHOLISWA’S RONDEVAL

I By:   I 2 years ago I   CULTURE, KIDS + TRAVEL, Skills, SOUTH AFRICA KHOLISWA'S RONDEVAL By Regina | 2 February 2018   Und schon wieder sind Kühe im Spiel. Wir haben unsere Nannie Kholiswa in ihrem richtigen zu Hause besucht. In Cathcar bei Queenestown. In jedem Urlaub fährt Sie dorthin. Zu einem relativ grossen Grundstück mit Haus und extra Klohäuschen mit Wasseranschluss. Um ihrer Famile, ihren Wurzeln zu begegnen. Und seit 2 Jahren baut Sie an einem Rondeval. Ein rundes Haus mit Wänden aus einer Mischung von Modder und Kuhdung und einem Reetdach. Es gibt nur 2 kleine Fenster. Dort ist es kühl bei Hitze und es hält die Wärme, wenn’s kalt ist. Kholiswa ist eine Sangoma und Sie kreiert sich ihren heiligen Raum, um mit Ihren Ahnen in Verbindung zu treten. Da mussten wir unbedingt helfen. Und auch ein bisschen Zeit verbringen. Die Verhältnisse umkehren. Auch für die Kids ... READ MORE
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THE FIRST MONTH

I By:   I 2 years ago I   Camping, HOME SCHOOLING, KIDS + TRAVEL, SOUTH AFRICA THE FIRST MONTH BY PHILIP | 3 FEBRUARY 2018 03 February 2018 night after full moon, new cycle begins. This is it, my first blog entry ever. Proudly Wildstyler 2018. I mean I have thought about this moment for month and now we are here. Arrived in a different setting, our first month of traveling has passed and we have passed. With bravour I would say. I am entirely grateful and lacking the words to express the gratitude I feel towards Regina, Rudy and Una who took this challenge on like masters and thrive and fail and live this gypsy life in a pure form of togetherness. They are truly amazing beings that have traveled with me and through me in this first month. We are sitting next to the Umzimvubu River Mouth in Port St. Johns and even though it seems not too far from home, we have r... READ MORE
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UNA VEGETARISCH

I By:   I 2 years ago I   Food, KIDS + TRAVEL, SOUTH AFRICA UNA VEGETARISCH BY REGINA | 28 JANUARY 2018 "Mama, ist das gewachsen oder von einer Kuh?" In Natures Valley haben wir des öfteren den tollen Natures Valley Farmstall besucht. Mit Hasen, Ziegen, einem riesen Schwein, dass sich sehr gerne mit einem Besen streicheln lässt und vielen Kühen. Hier kann man sich angucken, wie die Kühe gemolken werden. Aber auch - an einem Tag - wie der Tierarzt kommt und bei den Damen von hinten mit einem langem Gummihandschuh testet, ob denn wohl eine schwanger ist. Das hat Una tief beeindruckt. Oder abgeschreckt. Und angeekelt. Seitdem ist alles von der Kuh ein absolutes No Go! Weder Milch noch Joghurt, Aufschnitt oder Fleisch, Butter oder Käse - NIX! Wir müssen uns umstellen, sind aber auch sehr beeindruckt und inspiriert von dieser Spontan-Konsequenz. Plötzlich ganz egal, ... READ MORE
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