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I really have learned so much on this trip. Ive learned how to cram into a minivan with 30 smelly, sweating people, bargain each and every little thing Ive had to buy, tolerate people I honestly really cannot stand, be stared at each and every moment I was in public, learned to be okay with being seriously comfortable for 9 weeks, communicate with locals who knew zero english, but most importantly I have learned some amazing life skills. ...
... is that the shower water is salty (probably sea water) and there is a bucket with fresh water to rinse oneself with. They have flush toilets and the rate is also reasonable at USD 10 pp. They have an arrangement whereby you can leave your vehicle at USD 5.00 per day when going with the ferry to Zanzibar. We are planning to visit Zanzibar for 2 or 3 days and arrange for a Tuk-Tuk to take us to the ferry for Zanzibar. The rate ...
... of cashew nuts.
Our bus is the Commonwealth bus full of Canadians, Brits and Australians and we’re having a bit of fun. Pull up alongside ze German bus and zey are very serious looking.
Fed up of sitting in traffic a few of us jump out to stretch our legs and walk with the intention that the bus will pick us up when it reaches us. Walked about 20m when the traffic clears and the bus drives off into the ...
Went to the bank early and got involved with the card retrieval process. An hour, 2 max, would be how long it took, I thought. Tanzanian bureaucracy is known for its efficiency, right? So I go first to the headquarters - CRDB Bank in case you ever need to know a bank to send your enemies to. At headquarters I was directed to the branch where it happened. Fair enough. I walk 20mins over to the scene of the crime. There a large lady tells me ...
... with it which makes it much better though.
We hug Leah goodbye and it's the closest I've come to crying when saying goodbye to someone. Goodbyes are getting harder as more time goes on and as I get closer to people. Leah's goodbye was especially hard as she's been in our room for a month and we also went on safari together.
After lunch Emilie's panicking about the HIV seminar she's doing this afternoon. She did them with Toby before as he's more confident and ...
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