Chilling and climbing

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

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Where I stayed
Eden Motel

Flag of Tanzania  , Mbeya,
Saturday, June 25, 2011

After arriving I was guided by a guy to the Eden Motel near the main bus station. Briefly met with and English guy Charly with whioch I had dinner and exchanged stories since he came from Malawi and was heading to Tanzania and for me the other way around. Since I was not feeling to good and had throat ache I went to bed early.

Sunday morning looked around in the city center but there was not much to do. Got some money and was looking for an internet shop when I heard some music coming out of the 'Winning Faith' church. I was not properly dressed but guided insight by the guy standing at the door. It was a very nice church and I for more than 1 hour I enjoyed the session and talked to a woman who could speak English. She gave me a lot of information which is worthwhile to devote a blog to it! Later that day searched for someone who could tell me more about the hiking possibilities in the region since there are plenty. But nobody can speak English in this place and luckily I met Oshea (26 year Tanzania guy from Dar) who would go with me the next day to the Ngosi crater lake. In the evening met two Dutch girls with which I went for dinner and exchanged some stories. First time in 3 weeks that I was speaking Dutch again, strange but good!

Monday went to the Ngosi crater lake by Dalla-Dalla (1,5 hours) which was very cool. A 3 hour walk (from the main road) to the top. A narrow footpath winded uphill through a dense tropical jungle with lush surroundings wild banana plants and bamboo. Together with Oshea we reached the top but the lake didn't show itself due to the abundance of clouds. We saw a small foothpath heading further but after 15 minutes realized that this was too dangerous and leading to nowhere. Once back at the viewpoint met with a German family (mom, dad, son and girlfriend) and on our way down they told us that we could ride along to the main road. This path took us more than an hour on the way up so that was a pleasant surprise. 

Once back went to get a haircut at a Tanzanian barbershop, what an experience. He never cut a Mzungu before and I had to show him how you cut my hair. For the rest had a quiet evening and met with an American guy Mike. It was his birthday so we drank some bears and again I got some tips about Malawi and where to go. By the way I really have a cold now and am sneezing all day. Think I am getting used to the African climate and cannot handle temperatures below 20
degrees anymore :)
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