January 07, 2007
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
HABARI FROM TANZANIA!
Current Location: New Africa Hotel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania!!
Not too much time to write….. so this maybe a quick one. First, the flight into Tanzania was just like we like it — uneventful! Although there were a few interesting characters. The best way to explain Tanzania is to compare it to Costa Rica. Which isn’t surprising since I think they’re both about on the same latitudinal line. It’s really nice weather, if not a bit humid. Got in yesterday and met up with my friends with no problem. We have people in from travels everywhere and Martin (the local) here as well. Jamie & Heidi have been here for a few days and sounds like had an amazing experience thus far. I completely didn’t know what to expect but can say that so far I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how nice Tanz actually is. Went to dinner last night in a restaurant that seemed like it was in the middle of no where, however, when you walked up the stairs, through all the plants we were greeted by this awesome place that looks like it belongs in a five star hotel on the beach in Maui. No, not kidding and that’s not what I expected. People are really friendly too. So I’m off today to fly to Arusha in Northern Tanz and then first thing tomorrow morning we start our safari. Plan is for Ngorongoro (staying at the wildlife lodge there) then Lake Manyara (staying at a different lodge there) and a few other places. Everyone is really excited.
I wish I had more time to write about the Desert Safari we went on because it was definitely a trip – actually the pictures and movie clips I took would do more justice anyway. Essentially, we took a Toyota Land Cruiser (I was in the way back – 3rd row seat) into the desert and tour of the sand dunes. Or I should say “tour.” You’re seriously on a roller coaster speeding up and down the dunes, sliding sideways at a 45 degree angle down the side of the dunes, twisting up and down and around. For the entire tour you feel like the Land Cruiser is going to roll but no… I have a whole new appreciation for Toyota. Was fun but definitely brings a whole new meaning to “living in the moment.” We saw a great sunset in the desert… had dinner outside in the desert, was freezing (Dubai apparently is unseasonably cold right now). Actually, I have a really funny story about the sunset – or it’s funny now not so much then but I can’t do it justice over the blog so remind me when I get home to tell everyone.
Okay, better get going so I can meet-up with mi compadres…. Hope all is well with everyone!