Kili and Jambo 31 on Zanzibar!

Trip Start Nov 06, 2009
Trip End Mar 26, 2010

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Flag of Tanzania  , Zanzibar Archipelago,
Thursday, December 3, 2009

Well it is December the 6th and I am alive, just! I spent most of yesterday unsure of whether I would make it! I got properly
ruined for my birthday and paid the price for going at it like it was my 21st not 31st! I was handed and duely drank just about
every drink imaginable at a full moon party on Zanzibar Friday night and on saturday I had the worst hangover I have had for at
about 10 years!!

Anyway, before we got to Zanzibar we stayed in Kilimanjaro at the foot of the mountain, where we went to visit  a couple of
educational and orphanage projects. Luc and I sponsored an orphans schooling for a year after we realised that it cost less
than what we were spending a night on beers! After a hot and sweaty morning tour of the school we got to cool off in one of
the waterfalls on Kilimanjaro before heading off to an Orphanage in Moshi a short drive away. The Amani home seemed to be a very
well run and funded organisation, and all the kids wanted to do was play us at football, so we got a team of 8 together
and made our way to the pitch. The kids, some in football boots, some flip flops and some barefoot were wearing any football
shirt they could get their hands on, so we had, France, Chelsea, Canada and Barcelona as well as an Orlando Pirates I think!
To my horror, grown ups weren't allowed to wear any footwear and the pitch was no soft wembley turf, it was rock hard and
 covered in stones! So tip toe football it was and we duely lost 6-5 to an under 10 orphan team!

Back to our campsite at Kili, I was now over an hour late for the hair appointment I had booked in the bar across the road
the night before! Once there though I realised that the "yes" I got when I had asked if they could cut Mzungu hair was an
African yes and they had no idea what they were going to do with me. I was sent next door to "The best hair cutting saloon"
where they cut mens hair. I went in and there was a boy who had just had a 0.5 all over and was getting a Nike tick cut into
the front. The barber looked at me and welcomed me with a big smile and said that he could cut my hair. I tried to explain
what I wanted and got lots af nods and yes's and off he went with the clippers! Half way through I asked him if had ever cut
 a Mzungus hair before and he grinned and said "no!" Anyway, after stopping him when he was about to take the clippers to the top
of my head after he had done the sides and reiterating that I wanted it done with scissors, he managed to find a pair in
 a drawer and proceeded to randomly cut freestyle with no comb or fingers! Somehow he managed to do a reasonable job and I
left happy!

- for those of you who are yet to experience the african yes, let me explain...if you ask an african if he or she can do
something for you, and they have no idea what you are saying, their response will always be "yeees", followed by a blank stare
and a big grin!! crazy people! an example we recently had with a waitress....
dave: "what sauce comes with the chicken?"
waitress "yeeess" (big smile blank stare)

anyway, back to dave..

Early start the next morning for a long drive to Dar es Salam, the old capital of Tanzania wear we stayed at a nice campsite
on a peninsula just out of town with a nice beach but bath water warm Indian Ocean. It may sound good but when you have been
 on a truck in 30+ degree heat all day, the north sea would have been much nicer, even in December!
Another early start the following day to get to the 7am Zanzibar ferry to Stone town where we had the afternoon to wander round
and explore and bargain with the locals for a few items before sundowners at Africa house, -- a devine deck overlooking the stunning sunset with the dhow boats sailing
past - amazing!!

and then dinner at the night market (spicy Lobster skewers for 1.50!) and a bed at
Coco de Mer hotel! A dump, but a bed none the less and no tent to put up, down or put away!
Thursday morning was a tour of Stone town to learn about the slave trade as Zanzibar was the hub of the east African business.
- i was a bit hesitant to learn more about the slave trade after feeling all the guilt of what happened in rwanda, but was
found out it was actually the arabs that introduced the slave trade and that mr. doctor david livingstone himself who
helped to put an end to it, yay!

It was then up to the spice plantations for which Zanzibar is famous, were we learnt about and sampled all sorts of spices
 and fruits, including the delights of the custard apple!! Delicious! - omg guys, its devine, you HAVE to try it!!
Thursday afternoon was free to relax at our new base for 2 days on the north of the Island at Nungwi which was basically
 paradise! We had nice cottages and the beach was stunning and the water much cooler than in Dar so you could refresh but
it was still warm enough to laze in for ages! It ws perfect and I can't think of many nicer places to spend a birthday!
-- aqua aqua blue water, white sand, dhow boats, thatched restaurants and bars all along the beach, heaven!

I woke up on my birthday to find Luc with a very pleased with herself smile waiting for me to wake up. It was about 6.30
 and she had already been out to buy me breakfast muffins as a birthday cake with candles and covered the bed in balloons!
I was allowed back to sleep for half an hour or so before we went for a pre breakfast swim. It was then off to the dive boat
as we were off to the Mnemba Atol to do 2 dives which Luc got me for my birthday. The plan was for Luc to snorkell but
 unfortunatley the wind had been up making the ocean a little choppy and Lucy doesn't do choppy sea! We had only been going
 for about 10 minutes before she was over the side of the boat feeding the fish! This was about a good as it got for her in
the next 6 hours! Sorry Luc! The rest of the boat were ok and had a good snorkell, and I had 2 very nice dives.
Once back, Luc was very pleased to be on terra cota! (For Justin and Chamonix crew) She was like a new girl and was soon
excited about my birthday again.-- guys seriously, like worst sea sickness ever!! i was tickets!! luckily there was a friendly
canadian girl on the boat who was handing me sleeping pills which worked like a charm! gotta love the canadians:) i did manage
manage about 5 mins snorkelling time in which i saw a school of angel fish (!!) parrot fish, and lots of other pretty ones
which i couldnt be arsed to look at at the time as i was feeling so crap:( from what i did see from the one eye i had open
the atol looked absolutely stunning! but yes def the most expensive snooze ive ever had! 

The whole group went off to dinner in a nice restaurant where our table was sticking out
into the sea on some nice decking. It was a BYO place so we all took booze and started to get lightly oiled. A birthday
 cake had been organised for me too with happy birthday icing and stuff which was nice!
The night then started to get a little messy. 12 of us went to a full moon party about 20 minutes walk down the beach.
It was a bit wierd as there was pumping music a lights etc... but Masaai men in all their gear on the dance floor!
Anyway, basically everyone messed me up properly and "made" me drink all sorts of horrible drinks including tequila
and baileys mixed!

- sorry but i just have to add a few comments, it took dave about 6 or 7 drinks and shots before he started the infamous
michael flatley sure those of you who know him well have seen this dance...its like he thinks he's break dancing...
but is in fact going back to his irish roots and doing the river dance!! too funny! at this point i knew i was going to be
carrying (or attempting to carry) him home! and it was only after he had emptied his stomach on the beach that he said to me..
"luc i think ive had enough now" ha ha ha ha!!! such a cool evening though:)

Fully recovered now, we are on our way to Malawi, but it is very sad as we have left half of the group including all our
favourites. There are now only 8 of us and the Serengeti 6 of Me, Luc, James and Rach, Anja and Tanja are now just me and Luc!
We had no new joiners in Dar so it is just us 8 until we finish in Livingstone on the 15th. The other 6 left are Tracey,
 James B (BBJ), Margaret and Pete (who is still doing very much as he is told!), Tia and Sherelle. Olly has left us and Craig
is now leading and we have a new crew member, Hannah, and it is her first trip so she is Craigs trainee. I don't think we
 actually told you about Olly before. He replaced the useless Peter as tour leader after the Gorila leg of the trip. He is 26
and from England. Nice guy and was a really good leader so it is a shame to lose him. He is the one that Anja was tucking into!
We only met Hannah last night so don't really know anyhing about her yet other than that she did 8 years in the army before leaving
and joining Dragoman.

--so far our trip has been really really good though, dave and i were chatting in the truck today discussing what weve enjoyed
most etc. Dave then asks what i have missed most on this trip, so i thought about it and decided on "being clean" as it is
close to impossible to keep clean in this place!! so then i ask dave what he's missed most and he though for a while, and replied....
"a nice glass of cold milk" (????!!!!!) yes, i think he's lost the plot.

favourite bits of africa:
cold coke in a bottle (you appreciate so much more!)

the variety of local beers (for los - tusker, kili, safari, serengeti)

samoosas (dave says theyre called samosas but i disagree), theyre everywhere!! so yummy and much more preferable that the bloody
cheese sandwiches we have everyday!

the blue cake our cook baked us by mistake!! (he put in blue food colouring instead of vanilla essence! luckily it was
st andrews day!)

local vendors that follow you around a market offering to sell you stuff at "very good price" and after the 10th time they

dave being offered to swap his oakley sunnies for an animal painting, like you gonna say "ya what a great deal!!"

oh my gosh, the loos!! GROOOOOOOSSSSSSS!!!! they those squat loos and they stink of unimaginable human waste filled with
flies,mozzies, and who knows what else, not a pleasant experience at all! (althoug marg lends us her lavender air freshner
which we know hold breath, enter,spray spray spray, leave, take another breath, re-enter. so far so good:)

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Gina on

Hello darlings! Happy birthday Davie doo, sounds like you had a blast, good to see that you are preparing your liver for when you are reunited with Pete and Christie, amen to that...Have a great time in Malawi, my all time favourite place - if you see Mount Malanje, I climbed it!! Have a drink for me at Club Makakola on the lake and they make a very special babana cake if you are brave enough to try! Lots love to you both and cant believe we will be seeing you next week! Cheers, Gina

Lauren on

General comments:
1. So jealous
2. I recognise all the places, including the camp in Dar, the dive site in Zanzibar, Africa house, the spice tour... ooohhhh I wish I could go again!
3.Can't wait to see you in 3 weeks!

Robin, Mum on

Hi Dave and Luc
So enjoyed reading about the adventure!
Your Birthday Dave sounded like a real blast, cant wait for a preview of the River Dance at the wedding!
See you soon!
Lots of love Mum Robinx

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