Salaam Dar es Salaam

Trip Start May 30, 2005
Trip End Sep 30, 2006

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Right, that's it, I've had it with African buses, I'm going on strike.

'Insert more tales of woes on African buses here'..... In short, the bus broke down twice and after 6 hours we'd only gone half way on our '6 hour journey'. I ditched the bus at a large town and took a far better bus with a far better company to complete my journey to Dar es Salaam. And I arrived just after it got dark, which peeved me off again.

A lot of people don't like Dar, but I found it pretty nice. Maybe that's just because I was comparing it with Masaka, Mwanza and Dodoma...... There was lots of interesting things on the streets, great nik nak stalls, some great places to eat and just a general ambiance that I really enjoyed. I even found some other tourist to hang around with. Wow! but what's more amazing was that they were Germans, and each of them had a great sense of humour, it does happen!

I stayed at the YWCA (Young Woman's Christian Association), my long blonde wig and makeup came in really useful here! One thing i've noticed about people in the service industry in Tanzania is that they're all as miserable as sin, including the cafeteria staff at the YWCA. I think smiling would crack their faces and even the slightest hint of joy would be beyond them. It made me realise just how nice it was in the UK when someone smiles when they serve you. Americans take note: You guys just go over the top.

Again, Dar was just a stop over, I'm now determined to get to the beach and forget about all those horrid buses and trains that I've been on, here comes Zanzibar....
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