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After getting my first passport in 2006 and traveling to climb Kilimanjaro in Tanzania my life changed. I began the process of getting rid of all my possessions and traveling the world. Traveling to over 110 countries and all 7 continents, hostels have been my home. This "new life" has taught me what is important and it was NOT accumulating money or possessions. Traveling is the best education. I hope my blog will encourage others to travel. My World Tattoo was a way for me to express my PASSION FOR TRAVEL.

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TANZANIA, Moshi, Kilimanjaro

March 8th and March 9th

Arrived at Kilimanjaro Airport at 10 pm and realized that my large climbing bag was still in Amsterdam. I was told it would be brought to the hotel tomorrow. Good thing I came one day early. I had to hire a taxi for the 50 kilometer drive because the bus left without me. Not a great way to start my first overseas trip in my life. lol I got to the hotel at 12:30 am. The hotel was beautiful but no air conditioning and electricity cuts off at 6am, so no fan after that. I got up the next day and met other climbers at lunch. People from Germany, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherland, England and every other country imaginable. Also talked with a group who had just been on Kilimanjaro. Some made it, some did not. I was told about 30% make it to summit. Some companies boast a 90% success ration but the guides say that never happens. You just don't know how altitude will affect you.

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