Knit dress - Gina Tricot
Shoes - ASOS
Ear cuff - Claire's

All I'm saying for this post is go get yourself a knit dress. Or knit one. I don't care, just get one. They are amazing. Acceptable colors are grey, white, black, and beige. Burgundy if you are feeling scandalous. That's all.



The top I'm wearing is from Nelly.com! I spontaneously got it during the Cyber Monday deals on Nelly.com. I was glad to find that it was totally worth the buy! We flew to Zanzibar Island for the last four days of our 10-day trip. During those four days we mostly just enjoyed the sun and chilled by the ocean. We also went to feed turtles on a special turtle conservation site. To my dismay one ungrateful bastard bit me while I was trying to feed it a piece of seaweed. All was quickly forgiven though, because have you seen how cute those little creatures are?? After all, the bite did not turn out to be radioactive and so the teenage mutant ninja turtles did not gain a fifth member. Too bad as well since I would have totally vouched for Gigi Hadid or Hailey Baldwin to be cast as me in the movie remake (Megan Fox should watch out). 
Our hotel was located in Nungwi but we also visited Stone Town with its huge local market and narrow dusty streets. The town used to be a glorious trade centre with developed architecture for its time. Even the Romanian Sultan moved his throne to Zanzibar and ruled over Romania and Zanzibar from there. Now the city is much different due to poverty and corruption. However, the large sailboats for fishing docked on the glimmering sea, the beautifully decorated doors and the busy pace of the people still provide a glimpse to what it used to be. It was the New Year's eve and the local men where having fun by jumping from the high pear into the ocean, fully clothed and all. 
Now I am back in Finland, but will get back to Maastricht on Thursday this week. I'm still glad I got to drop in for a few days, as we finally got some snow here. 
Keep your eyes out, there is a new post coming up soon featuring my new favorite shoes, which I got from Elna for Christmas.


Tanzania, Africa

"The wild dogs cry out in the night
As they grow restless, longing for some solitary company

I know that I must do what's right
As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti
I seek to cure what's deep inside, frightened of this thing that I've become"

- Africa by Toto

Greetings from Tanzania! A place full of such beauty deserves a post of massive length. During the first six days of our trip in Tanzania we remained on the mainland and pretty much lived (notwithstanding the nights) in the safari cars. We first drove from Kilimandjaro to Arusha, then to the Ngorongoro hills from where we drove to Serengeti and then back to Ngorongoro Crater. We went on three safaris, and stayed in hotels, lodges, and at a camp site in the great Serengeti National Park. We also visited a Masai village where the Masai tribe showed us around. 

I learned various funny things. For example when the old leader of the pack of elephants gets old it gets kicked out of the pack. However, usually after some lonesome wondering it finds other elder elephants that form their own senior bachelor squad.  Or the fact that you can almost always find some Knu running because once one starts to run, everyone else follows. One time we were cut off from the road by a herd of at least a thousand knu running in what seemed like a never ending queue, an oddly relaxing sight.

The scenery possessed this unreal beauty that left me aghast on various occasions. Everything looked like it was straight out of fantasy novels and movies. I remember standing on a hill looking over the massive Ngorongoro Crater, or driving through the seemingly never-ending savannah of Serengeti, and just feeling like a tiny little particle compared to it all. To put things into perspective, one of the trees we drove by was several hundred years old, and will probably go on to live another several hundred years. I'm lucky if I last even one century. In a place like that it's hard to believe that beauty as such was not designed but came to be by chance.

Of all fancy lodges we stayed in, the camp in which we stayed for two nights in the midst of Serengeti was still my favorite. I loved the sense of adventure it brought, with the wild animals wondering outside our tents during the night and the fire, around which we sat watching the sun set beyond the horizon. 
The last lodge was great as well because it was high up and provided a view over the whole Ngorongoro Crater, although I would not suggest it to people who are afraid of heights. The sixth day marked the end of our journey on the actual continent, as we took a small propel plane to Zanzibar, an autonomous island on the southern coast of Tanzania. So we went, 'from the bush to the beach' as said by the local pilot (who hated flying). If my feelings were to be condensed in two words, I'd say the experience left me extremely humbled and grateful.