Kilimanjaro Diaries: Or, How I Spent a Week Dreaming of Toilets, Drinking Crappy Water, and Making Bad Jokes While Having the Time of My Life (2020)

Kilimanjaro Diaries: Or, How I Spent a Week Dreaming of Toilets, Drinking Crappy Water, and Making Bad Jokes While Having the Time of My Life Eva Melusine Thieme Kilimanjaro Diaries Or How I Spent a Week Dreaming of Toilets Drinking Crappy Water and Making Bad Jokes While Having the Time of My Life When expat blogger and mother of four Eva Melusine Thieme first harbors the idea of ringing out her three years in Africa on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro it sounds easy In fact it has all the tra
  • Title: Kilimanjaro Diaries: Or, How I Spent a Week Dreaming of Toilets, Drinking Crappy Water, and Making Bad Jokes While Having the Time of My Life
  • Author: Eva Melusine Thieme
  • ISBN: 9781497599383
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Paperback
Kilimanjaro Diaries: Or, How I Spent a Week Dreaming of Toilets, Drinking Crappy Water, and Making Bad Jokes While Having the Time of My Life Eva Melusine Thieme When expat blogger and mother of four Eva Melusine Thieme first harbors the idea of ringing out her three years in Africa on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, it sounds easy In fact, it has all the trappings of a dream vacation no cooking, no fighting kids, and an army of porters to lug everything up the mountain What can go wrong Tag along as Eva takes you on her journeWhen expat blogger and mother of four Eva Melusine Thieme first harbors the idea of ringing out her three years in Africa on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, it sounds easy In fact, it has all the trappings of a dream vacation no cooking, no fighting kids, and an army of porters to lug everything up the mountain What can go wrong Tag along as Eva takes you on her journey up the slopes of Kilimanjaro together with her teenage son and a group of hilarious South African friends From planning the trip to shopping for supplies to trudging uphill wishing with all her heart for an ice cold sip of water untainted by chlorination tablets, you will follow her step by step on her quest to scale the world s highest free standing mountain But the list of challenges is long sub zero temperatures, blistered feet, long drop toilets of which, you may learn, the drops are not nearly as long as they have once been, if you get the drift , and the ever threatening altitude sickness no one can quite escape from Eva s climb turns into the most difficult test she has ever faced, and ultimately she must make a fateful decision on that mountain.Thieme s debut travel memoir is equally poignant and laugh out loud funny Part guide book, part travel memoir, and part history lesson, her story will keep you hooked until the last page whether you re a seasoned hiker nodding your head in recognition, an aspiring Kilimanjaro trekker searching for tips, or an armchair traveler reveling in adventure stories from the comfort of your home.
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  1. Kirsty Louise

    Im not sure how to rate this book On one hand I was thankful for such a down to earth guide to the Kilimanjaro experience no detailed slog of information or being made to feel like an inferior traveller as some travel books do It was quite like reading a diary which helped immerse me into the everyday, insignificant details of the climb which you wouldn t get in a typical travel guide On the other hand I generally felt a little irritated by the author Sorry Eva But I guess that is just my gut fe [...]

  2. JC

    When I saw the toilet on the cover art I thought it was weird, but after reading this humorous, frank, and entertaining account of one regular mom s experience climbing Kilimanjaro I get it Thieme recounts a lot of the nitty gritty and poopy details about making such a guided trek sort of like everything you wanted to know about climbing a mountain but were afraid to ask Aside from the trials and obstacles to basic bodily functions, she paints such a gorgeous picture of the mountain, and a conve [...]

  3. Dominique

    That title is quite a mouthful, but it cleverly lets you know that this book is not a clinical account of what climbing Kilimanjaro entails Instead, the title tells you that everything pertaining to climbing Kilimanjaro is going to be relayed with humour and candidness, making it a book that anyone considering scaling Africa s magnificent peak should read I m not one of those types who go out looking for the ultimate adrenalin rush, and climbing the world s highest mountains has not always been [...]

  4. Mark

    I never thought of climbing the Kilimanjaro, but after reading this funny, entertaining and thought provoking book, it doesn t look as such a far fetched possibility to do it.It starts off with a perfectly normal family, none of whom you would immediately link to a mountain climbing expert But that is also, why you feel so connected, as if you are living it through the preparations Once the climb starts, you can almost feel the physical exhaustion, but also the natural beauty of the ever changin [...]

  5. Jennifer Dziekan

    I loved this book The writing is really good, she s funny, and honest I had no idea what hiking Kili entailed and henceforth, I will be very impressed with whomever attempts thiswhich is all well and good but this book isn t just about hiking.Lots of life lessons and realizations, some about being a mom and a wife, and how those roles can sometimes come in conflict with your own dreams and desires The bottom line for me we all need our own dreams and guess what it s okay to follow your passion o [...]

  6. Kate Klement

    While I appreciated how down to earth she was when telling her story, I didn t feel like she conveyed how magnificent this journey was Climbing this mountain must have been incredibly inspiring and momentous, and I felt that she could have elaborated on this experience There wss too much toilet talk for my taste, and the history lessons distracted me from the main topic It wasn t the most painful read, but I was longing for substance, inspiration, etc She accomplished something most would onl [...]

  7. Judy Gaffney

    hilarious and heart lighteningEva must have been in my head She puts to words he thoughts I ve been having about why I want to undertake this journey Her experiences on the mountain encourage me to continue toward this goal Fun read

  8. Elizabeth

    Probably my second favorite Kilimanjaro memoire to date my only complaint is that it was a bit whiney and absolutely obsessive about the whole toilet thing, but other than that, it was a funny book and worth the read if you are planning on, or are presently, climbing Kilimanjaro.

  9. James Field

    Amusing in places, moderately informative, and mildly inspirational And that is the extent of my positive appraisal.Ms Thieme strikes me as a fickle woman who is easily distracted Her Kili diary is filled with ramblings about what happened one Christmas, or during holidays somewhere else, or her many moves from country to country, or her laborious role as an overworked mother I admit I had to skip through these sections in search of Kilimanjaro material Her motive and attitude for climbing the m [...]

  10. Priscilla

    As someone who also never envisioned herself wanting to climb a mountain ever , I can t say enough how much I related to this story My fianc and I have decided to go to Tanzania for our honeymoon in 2018, and attempt to climb Kili while we are there He has already climbed Kili once before, a decade ago, and he speaks of it with such incredible emotion and intensity that he managed to convince me I could too experience this and hopefully reach the summit I came across Kilimanjaro Diaries and abso [...]

  11. Shirley Tharp

    I absolutely LOVED this book Funny, informative, well written, and real I laughed out loud at the potty images I will be going to Kili myself in less than a month July 2017 , and I will be sure to pack wet wipes, toilet paper and a beanie Thanks for the great read, and I m sure you re experience will help make my trek, at least the packing part, a bit easier.

  12. Susan Holman

    Enjoyed reading this, both humorous and informative However, even if I was physically capable, it didn t inspire me to climb that mountain, quite the opposite in fact Far too many people going up and down, waiting in line to go up a route, literally bumping into othersowded at times.

  13. John Fish

    This is the second book I am reviewing in connection with Mount Kilimanjaro I came across this book while searching some travel books and I loved the cover design of the author holding not only a backpack but a loo in the other hand and that sums up some people s fear of taking on this beast of a mountain.The book begins with planning and what she believes you need to take with you as well as the usual fears and trepidation of such a climb What you soon realise is that the fears are real as peop [...]

  14. Thelastwordreview

    This is the second book I am reviewing in connection with Mount Kilimanjaro I came across this book while searching some travel books and I loved the cover design of the author holding not only a backpack but a loo in the other hand and that sums up some people s fear of taking on this beast of a mountain.The book begins with planning and what she believes you need to take with you as well as the usual fears and trepidation of such a climb What you soon realise is that the fears are real as peop [...]

  15. Courtney Mroch

    I was not expecting to like this book I ve never aspired to climb any mountain, such as Everest or Kilimanjaro Not even to say I have It s just not my thing.However, another friend who is friends with the author lent me the book She thought I d really enjoy it I read it to be nice to her butThen I found myself enchanted Sine I ve since met the author and even played tennis with her and that s the name she goes by writes so much like one of my other all time favorite authors Sarah Ban Breathnach [...]

  16. Charles O'Donnell

    In the normal course of existence I do not think about the things I do not think about What should I have for lunch Where did I leave my shoes How many days until retirement That s what I think about If I were removed from my routine and thrust into an alien experience, where would my thoughts turn I would probably think a lot about bathrooms and drinking water But I would also think about what it really means to be human.Kilimanjaro Diaries chronicles just such a displacement An average mother [...]

  17. Ian Hamilton

    A fairly engaging account of one woman s trek up Mt Kilimanjaro, with few details of her travails spared Got this, along with seemingly a zillion other Kili, Tanzania, Africa, etc books, via a gracious care package from my aunt since I decided I was going ape shit, smashing my piggy bank, and doing a 16 day Africa adventure this summer before starting my new job Mt Kilimanjaro is first on my itinerary, so I m making it a priority over the next month to do a fair amount of reading on the topic an [...]

  18. Pat Ellis

    I enjoyed reading this Memoir it made a change of type for me and I found it encouraging How to climb a huge mountain Kilimanjaro no less Wow I take my hat off to the Author all the other folk who have done this to the Guides To do it with little preparation in a pair of hiking boots that you ve not even worn in yet you get the picture But, climb it summit the Author did It s a good read written in a no nonsense way which I like I did find myself gasping on occasions and laughing on others I lov [...]

  19. Caryl Williams

    I m a bit of a fan of adventure treks and mountain climb memoirs to put it very mildly, so this book appealed on many levels The author decides, almost on the spur of the moment to climb Mount Kilamanjaro along with her teenage son plus a few friends and is happy to leave most of the trip pre planning to them, but does prepare sensibly by buying a good pair of walking boots and wears them in prior to the climb The feminine issue of using the toilet up a mountain and the contemplated purchase of [...]

  20. Cathryn Wellner

    Aside from the potty obsession, which reviewers here and on have pointed out, Thieme s account of preparing for and then climbing Kilimanjaro was both funny and informative In addition to her own experiences, she fills out the account with a bit of history and some advice on planning and preparation I liked the book s organization, through the planning period and then the day by day trek While her humour shone throughout the book, she also gave a vivid account of the difficulties of undertaking [...]

  21. Michella Epps

    I feel like I now need to climb Kilimanjaro Yes, they hiked with porters Yes, it wasn t as roughing it as some would prefer But she still hiked Kilimanjaro She got to share the trip with her son and her friends, and she tells the story as if you are having a face to face conversation I like that She has a great sense of humour and brought the hike alive I feel like I could hike Kili myself A great read all around

  22. Helen

    Loved reading this especially as I love books about hiking or mountain climbing This made me laugh and at times feel sad, a very enjoyable read It s very inspiring and makes you want to go there and attempt To climb Kilimanjaro too There s some history thrown in with her description of her climb which I found interesting Well done to the author, her friends and especially the guides and porters who helped make her trek the adventure it was.

  23. Robert Fear

    7 months leads to a 7 day climaxWhat a wonderful memoir.We follow Eva through her preparations for this daunting challenge before involving ourselves in the nitty gritty of the actual climb.I felt everything of that climb and descent with her and 16 year old son Max, along with the other members of her group, the fantastic guides, the incredible porters and a lot of other adventurers on Kilimanjaro during those 7 days.An inspiration and an eye opener.

  24. Peggy

    This was a quick, quirky and fun read about a mother of four climbing Kilimanjaro w her 16yo son.As we re headed for nearly a month in Africa this August, this especially hit the spot, tho we ll be a bazillion miles away from the mountain We ll be in Botswanal, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, plus Joburg, where the author lives for 3 4 years.Oddly, she s now living just a few miles from where I went to elementary school in eastern Kansas.Lifedipity

  25. Sandra Willson

    I felt like I had climbed Kilimanjaro in the comfort of my own home For anyone thinking of climbing Kilimanjaro then this is a must read Eva takes you on a exciting and thrilling adventure describing day by day first hand experience of reaching the summit An enjoyable and easy to read book that will have you experience every emotion endured by Eva and her fellow group hikers climbing Kilimanjaro.

  26. Patti Wilson

    A garden trowel takes on new meaningI love travel memoirs I love being able to visit places vicariously But, I especially love it when the author makes the trip funny, inspiring, and can write in a way the reader feels every ache, every joy, feel the atmosphere, and remember this trip as if it was their own Well done

  27. Kathleen

    I enjoyed reading this Memoir of preparing for and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro I was gifted this book from BookBub and would recommend it for anyone considering climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or looking for something different to read The story has humour, adventure and some helpful suggestions about preparing to climb a mountain 3.5

  28. stephanie magid

    What a wonderful experience I loved the way Eva writes Feeling like I climbed with her and adventured up the mountain brought life into focus Most of us will never have an experience like that to help clarify the world and reduce life to its lowest and best common denominator Thank you for Sharing your wonderful journey with us.

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