By Thilo Thielke, VERA Files
Kilimanjaro, Tanzania--It is one of those mornings that one only finds in Kilimanjaro. The snow-covered peaks of the mountain rise majestically over the tropical rainforest. The crystal-clear waters of the Weruweru river rush down the valley. And over the Kaliwa Lodge, an eagle circles alone.
Bernadette Padua-Kirsch begins her day as usual with yoga on the terrace. She loves the African feel, the same attraction that pulled Ernest Hemingway to write about the glimmer of the green hills with their lush vegetation and eternal spring at 1,300 meters altitude.
Padua-Kirsch is a Filipina. The Kaliwa Lodge (kaliwa means “to sit on top of something” in Swahili) at the foot of the Kilimanjaro mountain—the highest free-standing mountain in the world—is what she calls home now.
Padua-Kirsch is the manager of the lodge, one of the most modern of East African Lodges. She will soon be a partner in the first Philippine-Thailand restaurant in Moshi in the lower slopes ofRead More »from A Filipina captivates Africa with adobo