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Tuesday, June 8, 1999
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania:
Latitude: 6° 49' 18" South
Longitude: 39° 16' 58" East
Altitude: 3902 feet
From Seattle: 11228 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Safari Inn

Today's Travel:
Country: Tanzania
Region: Dar es Salaam
Weather: Partial Sun

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 789
Linear Dist: 145541
Countries Visited: 57
Regions Visited: 226
More stats...
Hotels: 236
Friends / Family: 160
Camping: 114
Hostels: 217
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 3020

Journal Entry:
Frustrating morning. Got up early had breakfast, then called a recommended tour operator in Arusha. Booked a four day safari of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater parks starting tomorrow morning. Checked out of the hotel, and went to post a small parcel home.

At the post office bought a box and tape, packed everything carefully. Waited in the very slow line at the parcel desk (one person "working", two people watching) and got sent to the customs desk. Waited in line there and got told I had to go to the customs cashier first. At the customs cashier (no line!) got asked what I was doing there and told to go to the customs desk - waited in line again. Got told to go to the customs cashier - explained that he had told me to go here. Unpacked my box so that everything could be inspected - carefully. Filled out forms, repacked the box, then back to the parcel desk. Waited in line again - still slow - filled out more forms, paid, box is sent: elapsed time nearly four hours!

Went to the bus station to find that the last bus for Arusha leaves at 11:30 (it's now just after noon). Now I've got to get to Arusha by 9:30 tomorrow morning and the next bus leaves for the eight hour trip at six tomorrow morning - it's not going to work. I'm going to have to fly. Find a travel agent, but their flights person is out so they send me to another agent, which is closed. Get driected to a third agency which also turns out to be closed and finally find one that's open on my own. Book a ticket for 6:30 tomorrow morning (check in at 5:30).

Have a nice (and very cheap - ~US$.60) sit down luch with two Americans, Ken and Justin (met Ken and his girl friend at the internet cafe a couple days ago). Aranged to meet them later for a beer. Re-checked in to the Safari Inn, then relaxed for an hour.

Spent the afternoon working on email and walking around. Met up with Ken and Justin for a beer at a locals bar. They had to catch a ferry over to their campsite so they were only around for twenty minutes. On their way out we figured out that Ken and I had a good friend in common - very small world. Back at the hotel I verified that I had a wake up call and a taxi coming at five and then packed - again.

Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Dar es Salaam
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Tanzania
CIA World Fact Book: Tanzania

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