. He is reallly funny! We were skyping our dad and he told us to send the message, "Achmed has captured us and says you need to send him 58 cows for our release!" We did send that message, but our dad knew we were joking. You know what ginger ale tastes like, right? Well, Achmed suggested that we try some real ginger ale called a Stoney. It was very strong. When I just sniffed it, I start coughing! Anyways, now I'm totally addicted to them! Stoneys are so delicious! When we were done with dinner, we went to bed in this nice little room made of mud and sticks and rocks. I know it sounds like the room is crappy, but it is super cozy and nice! It actually has a shower and a toilet and toilet paper, which no one has in Tanzania. There are wonderful decorations all over the wall, and we actually have a wifi connection! I love L'Oasis Lodge!
Our second day was great! l. After eating breakfast, we went on a hike at Arusha National Park. We had a ranger with a rifle in case the animals got feisty. The hike was so amazing! We saw zebras, warthogs, water buffalo, flamingos, water buck, bush buck, black & white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, and lots of giraffes! We got very close to the giraffes. Seriously, we were like, 5 feet away from them! We also passed by a water fall. Our ranger was very nice throughout the whole hike. The rangers at Arusha Park were usually boys, and they had just started appointing girls, so she was the only girl
. When we got back to the lodge, Fitiael told us some bad news. His brother in law was dieing, so Fitiael was going away to be with him. We said goodbye to Fitiael, and the next day had a new guide named Mosses.
Major Languages: Kiswahili (they called it Kee) and Swahili
Currency: Tanzanian Shilling
Life expectancy: 51.45
Literacy rate: 78%
Religions: Christian 30%, Muslim 35%, Indigenous beliefs 35% (Zanzibar is almost all Muslim)
New foods I tried in Tanzania: Almost all the meals were new to me
On the first day, our guide Fitiael picked us up from the airport. He was really easy going and nice. I liked him right away! I was staring out the window the whole time we were driving to L'Oasis Lodge, because there were so many different and new things! There were banana trees, and coffee bean trees everywhere, and there were lots of African people walking along the road carrying buckets on their heads! All the girls wear beautiful scarfs and skirts. Here, it is a manly thing to wear pants, so we are weird when we wear pants (as Fitiael said). The towns are very poor looking. There is trash everywhere, and everything is very dirty. All the town people were staring at us as we drove by, probably because we are white and they don't see many white people, because they are all black! As soon as we got to the lodge, we napped for about 5 hours. Then we got up, and had dinner. A lot of people in Tanzania don't have much food, and the food they do have is not very good. The place we are staying at is really luxurious for Tanzania. They have great food! We ate part of dinner with Achmed, who runs Base Camp Tanzania, the company we are touring with