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Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha September 22nd 2013

Ride to Arusha Long day of flights was relatively uneventful. 1 hour ride to Arusha from kilamanjero notable for craziest drivers and pedestrians on narrow road for 36 km. There must be a busy trauma unit nearby.Hotel is okay except for spider that greeted Linda in the shower. Up early in am for transfer to airport for bush flight to north Serengeti at 645... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Moshi September 1st 2013

Africa has a special way of making you feel small. The size and scale and magnitude of things becomes overwhelming. Not just the natural landscape… the cities, the people, the incomprehensible statistics. Spending six weeks gazing up at Kilimanjaro is guaranteed to alter your sense of perspective. The mountain isn’t a permanent presence. Hidden in clouds much of the time, it occasionally reveals itself, silently, taking everyone surprise. Walking home, someone will suddenly shout “Kili’s out!” and we all turn and stare. As if someone had just spotted an illusive safari creature which could disappear back into the bush at any moment. In this way you never become accustomed to the mountain. It will make you stop and look, every time. After my little detour to Zanzibar I arrived in Moshi, to spent time at the ... read more
KCMC corridors

Africa » Tanzania » North » Serengeti National Park August 31st 2013

And so the loop to Uganda brought us back around to Nairobi and found me with ox testicles in my mouth. I suppose I should clarify that sentence. The first 2 weeks(previous blog)delivered many highlights which involved animals, so it seemed only fitting that we should go to a restaurant and try to eat the vast majority of them. We visited Carnivores and paid the exuberant fee of $50 for an all you could eat meat buffet, although sadly those GreenPeace hippy types have ensured that a lot of the more interesting dishes can no longer be eaten. I'm all for saving the planet but I wanted to eat some zebra dammit, if only for payback at having to see 3trillion of them during the tour and the way they act like they have better eyelashes ... read more
Victoria Falls From the helicopter
Lion with its kill
Ox testicle=yum

Africa » Tanzania » South » Songea August 30th 2013

Friday, August 30th, 2013- Saturday, August 31st, 2013 On the road again… Today we were on the road again from Iringa back to Dar Saleem airport. We stopped at an arts and crafts store on the way. I bought a lion painting, salad spoons and a jewellery box. Renata bought some jewellery. The whole Tancan 2013 team cleared out the store in one sweep. Then we were back on the road again to Dar Saleem airport. We may have missed our flight if we did not take a secret route to the airport to bypass the rush hour traffic. We were able to make our flight with time to spare. The plane ride home was fairly uneventful. From DarSaleem we headed to Zurich, from Zurich to Newark and from Newark to Buffalo and then the greyhound ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » South » Songea August 29th 2013

Thursday, August 29th, 2013 Walking tour and meeting the Maasai…. Today Renata, Viola, Leo, Joanne and I went on a walking tour early in the morning with Eddie and a Maasai through the National Reserve. We saw animals in the distance and learned about the trees and animal footprints. We saw a baobab tree that was used as a hideout for poachers to hunt for animals. The gun the Maasai warrior was carrying was not for animals but for poachers. Poachers will kill humans if they are seen in order to protect themselves. Luckily, we did not see any poachers. Eddie gave us the fruit of the baobab tree to taste. It was overripe and tasted powdery and sour. The Tanzanian people make a drink out of the fruit juices. The baobab fruit is known to ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi August 29th 2013

My arrival in Nungwei coincided with an enormous Full Moon Party. Due to misplaced nostalgia for my Thailand beach backpacker days, I decided to check it out. Mistake. The music ranged from terrible to appalling. The crowd was a weird mix of backpackers, locals and NGO types who reckoned they were too cool to be there but still came anyway. It was all confined to one resort, forcing you to buy a pre-paid plastic card to get drinks... or smuggle in your own booze. This is how I discovered Konyagi. Konyagi is like the bastard child of Gin and Vodka. You can buy it in SACHETS. I love Konyagi, but Konyagi does not love me. That night I made friends with various interesting characters, including some implausibly beautiful French Canadian girls, my ex-housemate’s little sister, and ... read more
Rasta bar
Evening meal

Africa » Tanzania » South » Songea August 27th 2013

Tuesday August 27th- Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 Ruaha National Park Safari…. Its Safari time! The Tancan 2013 group took two safari vehicles to Ruaha National Park. Seven of us traveled with tour guide Eddie while the rest of the group traveled with tour guide Jacintha. We saw numerous elephants, giraffe, zebras, impala and kudus and learned about their mating habits and way of life. The safari vehicles went up and down through the bush as we searched for hidden animals. At one point the other group’s vehicle got stuck while searching for a leopard. We missed spotting the leopard that time but later on in the day we came across it lying under a tree. It was not keen on getting its picture taken and slowly walked away. I felt like a paparazzi, taking pictures and ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » South » Songea August 26th 2013

Monday August 26th, 2013 Bus ride to Iringa….. Today was a long bus ride from Mbangamao to Iringa. We did not have the luxurious coach we had for our first road trip from Dar Saleem to Songea. However, it got us from point A to point B. We first arrived in Songea, where we met the sisters for the last time and took any of remaining luggage stored at the clinic. We also said goodbye to Shirley, Virgil, Martha, Elizabeth and Suzanna, who were leaving us. Shirley and Virgil were going to Kenya to meet other sponsor children from their parish and Martha and Elizabeth were going onward to Kenya to go back to work at the Chalice office in Kenya. Suzanna was going back to Dar Saleem, where she works in a CIDA organization. Then ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » South » Songea August 25th 2013

Sunday August 25th, 2013 Mass, school blessing, sponsor child visits and Canada vs. Tanzania basketball game…… Today was officially our last day in Mbangamao. At mass, we were greeted by the bishop and the priests in the region (Father Varghese, Father Matthew, Father Pachai, Father Simon). The church was decorated with streamers, for the bishops welcome. It looked very festive. After the mass which was spoken in Swahili, the bishop, members of the congregation, and the Canadian team headed back to the school where the bishop gave a blessing on the newly built De Paul Secondary School library and computer lab. The computer lab will not only provide educational resources to De Paul Secondary school students but also the government students in the community. It is a great tool to provide students with the education they ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » South » Songea August 24th 2013

Saturday, August 24th, 2013 Last day of Clinic …. Clinic Day 5: Today, I was in charge of the gift table. I had to make sure that there were enough gifts for the clinic children. Our supply was diminishing. It was a fairly slow day. I played card games with the student volunteers at the clinic and talked with other members of the Tancan team. At the end of the clinic I handed out candy canes to the student volunteers not expecting them to go crazy and surround me. They were normal while we played card games. I guess when it comes to free candy all civility goes out the window. It was a free for all, and chaos unfolded as the volunteers swarmed me while grabbing the candy. I was glad when all ... read more

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