Golden Tulip Dar Es Salaam
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Hi guys! Here's a long awaited update. It's pretty long and I started each of them the night of that day, but always fell asleep before finishing and then finished them in a different order. Anyhow here ya go :)
7/5 Today was great! Our itinerary was to go to the beach, so that's always a good day in my opinion. First we ate some breakfast of eggs on toast and an avocado smoothie which was really tasty. We hung out on the balcony after getting packed and ready ...
... me to forget about any physical limitations I might have had, and I was able to swim alongside, under and over one specific whale shark that must have been 15-20ft long for a good 45 minutes. I watched her follow a trail of plankton, mouth wide open, gills filtering out the water. I watched her surface and subsequently dive back down, gills filtering out the air. There were pockets of fish that followed her too, and it was easy to ...
... apologising worked and they let me through. Phew.
The house I am staying in is owned by Work the World, who run these placements. It is a large place, surrounded by an even larger fence. We have a 24/7 security guard, with panic buttons in each room…not sure if I feel safer or more nervous, lol. The power and water often cuts out, and we rarely have wifi. We do however have an amazing cook, to keep us well fed, and a lovely pool, to cool off after a long day. ...
... to describe the scene - the dust clouds sweeping over, the tension and fear that you can actually feel, the panic-sticken cries of the mothers looking for their babies left behind, the smell of dead, rotting carcasses. The chaos lasts for only a few minutes, and then it's over. A few hundred have crossed, but many thousands have got cold feet and remain on the southern bank, to pluck up the courage. It ...
... telling me about the baby in his arms. It was the cutest baby I've ever seen!! Ahli was his name. I called him Prince Ahli (for those Aladdin fans out there!). I could not have been better timing - here I am sitting there wondering how I'm going to get through this and ready to cry; then out of nowhere this father and his adorable son sit down to cheer me up. Each day had it's ups and downs, and that was the ultimate up.