KILIMANJARO LEADERSHIP PROJECT

Rotterdam school of management

Erasmus University.





4
Nov

Little things

Posted by in Kilimanjaro 2014

Despite the Dutch rainy weather, and having spent all day in an office again, I am writing this blog with my head still in the Tanzanian clouds.
Maybe also because I just saw some of the pictures again. And maybe the fact that I still don’t have a smartphone (the lucky thing is probably still somewhere in Africa) at the moment, which makes social life back home a bit unfamiliar, as having no Whatsapp almost feels like social isolation. Or maybe because it was an incredible experience, and my head still cannot fully comprehend what it meant; climbing the mountain with these wonderful women, guides and porters. Any of these reasons, or perhaps a combination of all, still keeps my mind wander off to that mountain.

I was lucky enough to celebrate my 23rd birthday on the Kilimanjaro; with the greatest treat (despite it sometimes  felt more like threat) of all at the end of my birthday; the summit. But what made it even more spectacular was the place to be and the people I could celebrate with. The hand-made toiletpaper-candlestick and birthday-cake by the cooks is one of the most appreciated gifts I have ever received on my birthday. It’s the one tangible thing I took from the mountain; and it has received a special place in my room and still makes me smile when I look at it.

Being on the mountain taught me it’s the little things that count; whether it’s  a nice word, a gesture, an energybar, a shower, or a toiletpaper-candlestick. The little things make you go on and on, and will make the journey pleasurable and worthwhile upto the moment when you have reached your summit.

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About Strijks Nienke

Hi! I'm Nienke, a 22 year old Dutch student of MSc BA Management at RSM University. I'm very exited to climb the Kilimanjaro, as it combines my passion for a physical as well as a mental challenge. This is a one of lifetime experience that RSM offers and I'm thrilled that I can seize this opportunity to climb the mountain with some wonderful women.


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