Kibo Palace Hotel
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Back to Kibo palace, stopped for paintings on the way. Lots of wifi at Kibo and my mom came over for Valentines Day dinner.
We woke up to loud thunder and a solid rain storm in the early hours of the morning.
Breakfast at the hotel and packed up only to get an email saying our flight was delayed 2 hours, our first delay of the trip. We still got to the airport early and our flight ended up leaving earlier than they said.
The airport was pretty funny, when …
... on tribes above all else, but that multiple Tanzanian leaders have said to stop asking about someone's tribe, just look at them as people. Very cool.
We eventually get through Arusha, into the "suburbs", and then we are into the wide open countryside. It's really beautiful, and has a unique mix of vegetation, animals, and even people. And there are the obligatory kids walking with groups of cows and goats and sheep along the side of the road.
... today. We met Andrea, an American volunteer who is the Director at the school. She is only 25 years old, but she is so mature and dedicated to this school and cause. I am excited to be climbing with her!
Tonight we are going back to Kia Lodge and the rest of the group arrives around 9pm! Can't wait to see the O'Briens. We are loving our time here in Africa!
... sup>th highest mountain in Tanzania with a summit of 3419m. It was a 5.45am start with breakfast of chapatti and chai and then a 4.5 hour trek to the summit. The weather in the morning was misty, spitting and bit cold but the sun broke through for an awesome climb. There was no wildlife but the nature was spectacular and the terrain kept changing from dense forest, to shrub land, boulders and pebble rocks. Downhill was another 4 hours and really tough on the knees ...