A Gator in Dar Es Salaam

"Ex Africa semper aliquid novi - Out of Africa always something new" -Pliny the Elder

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Saturday

I had a History of Globalization final on Tuesday. Wrote for 2 1/2 hours. The exams here are 3 hour blocks and most people seem to take that whole time. I have my last exam today at 11 and then I am done with this University.

I went to the beach on Wednesday and stayed the night there. It was another Islamic holiday so the beach was packed with non-Muslims. It was really cool and basically a huge party with people walking up and down the beach. Spent the night there on Wednesday and a good portion of the day there on Thursday. I saw a guy almost get runover by slow moving cattle, hard to explain I guess.

Yesterday I went in to town, got some money and then went to the train station. Me, Mercer, and Tony are booked on next Friday's Express train to Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia. The trip takes about 40 hours and we are in second class. I will be back in Dar on or around the 17th of February and cannot wait to travel. Mercer has to ride in a different car than me and Tony because men and wome do not ride together. It is supposed to be a beautiful train ride and we got half off for being students, so that was nice.

We will be going to Zambia for a week or 10 days, maybe Namibia, on the Atlantic Coast and then we are meeting are friend AmEric in Kigali Rwanda. We are planning to take a boat up Lake Tanganyika(the world's deepest lake) to Kigoma in Tanzania and then a bus from there to Kigali. After that some time in Uganda and probably Kenya and maybe a boat across Lake Victoria to Uganda. It is going to be an amazing trip I think and we will be gone just under 1 month. I will try to update my blog along the way with great travel stories.

I thought I had malaria again, but apparently I do not. I felt worse yesterday than when I had malaria, but it is a bacterial infection. The medicine they gave me helped a lot. Take care and enjoy the weekend.

Weekendi Njema,
Matt