Few days Usambara Mountains

Trip Start May 03, 2011
Trip End Jan 31, 2013

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

After a final night in Moshi with friends I was off for the real adventure starting in Lushoto. In the bus there was only 1 other Mzungu girl. Her name is Kia from Denmark, same age, worked at a orphanage near Arusha for 6 months and is also going to Lushoto for a couple of days so we talked about hanging out together. In the 5 hour bus ride children were screaming and vomiting but apart from that it was not too bad.

Once in Lushoto we asked some guys to bring us to a hotel. We booked a double room for 5.000 Tsh (2.500 each which is about 1,10 EUR for a night!) which is not bad at all. From Franzi I heard that we had to go to Irente Viewpoint which was really nice. Second day we booked a tour through Magamba forest and to the Msuki waterfall. A nice combination of walking through forest, seeing some Chameleons, a waterfall, taking a dalla-dalla, a bus, and a boda-boda on the way back. Along the way the kids were screaming "Mzungu 'pick' a picture!" which we couldn't refuse ofcourse. By the way, Lushoto is a very small simple town where we met only 4 Mzungu's in 3 days.There is no bank and no internet cafe. Our room was simple and during the evening when there was no power only candle light showed us the way. Especially taking a shower in a dark room with only one candle and a bucket of warm water is really living the African dream. The ladies (dada's) at the hostel were very nice (since we were the only guests) and did everything for us and as a reward they could join us in the evening when watching movies like 'Couples Retreat' and ' The Hangover'.
The third day was quite relax and we arranged our bus tickets and took a walk to Irente Farm. This is known for the excellent lunch with real cheese, crème fraiche, self made bread and fresh juice which is hard to get in Africa. In the night we went for 'Chipsi Majay' which is french fries on which an egg is emptied together with onions and paprika. I didn't know about this dish but Kia made me aware and that is a good thing since it is really tasteful and cheap!

Next day we both went our own way, Kia went via Tanga to Mombasa for a couple of days after she will return to Denmark after being 6 months in East-Africa. I'm going to Dar es Salaam and was about to take the bus at 7.30 but it left at 10.00 so I had time to type this story (TIA).
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