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Monday, July 24, 2000
Arusha, Tanzania
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Arusha, Tanzania:
Latitude: 3° 21' 28" South
Longitude: 36° 41' 52" East
Altitude: 6987 feet
From Seattle: 10861 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Arusha Center Inn

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Today's Travel:
Country: Tanzania
Region: Arusha
Weather: Rain / Overcast

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1201
Linear Dist: 234140
Countries Visited: 70
Regions Visited: 264
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Hotels: 419
Friends / Family: 302
Camping: 129
Hostels: 261
Transit: 76
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4145
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Journal Entry:
Amy had a rough time last night and I was up with her. When the drugs (antibiotics and painkillers) took effect we finally got to sleep. Luckily it was a rainy morning, perfect to sleep in. Got up and spent the morning doing some small tasks I'd been putting off (shaving, doing some laundry by hand, etc.). Amy felt much better and decided to risk a late breakfast of fruit juice. After breakfast we walked into town, hit an internet cafe, and then walked up to the International Conference Center (where all the safari companies have their offices). Once again the office staff treated us very well. We'd just come by to drop off a tip for our drivers, but they ended up letting us use the phone to make phone calls to Dar es Salaam to try to make train reservations (Dar to Mbeya). We managed to make reservations, but the catch is we can only pay for them in Dar and the payment has to be made five days before departure - and we don't want to hang out around Dar for five days.

After leaving the safari company's office we had a small lunch (Amy graduated to yogurt and a bread roll). Dropped by the Air Tanzania office to check on flying to Mbeya or even Lillongwe (way too much money) and walked back to the hotel. Went over the guide books and talked out a new plan - no train, no night busses, and we should even end up getting to Malawi earlier! We're thinking a bus to Dar tomorrow (Tuesday) morning; Wednesday morning try to deal with our immigration hassels then catch a bus to Iringa via Morogoro; then then either Thursday or Friday catch a bus to Mbeya. That means Friday or Saturday we get to Malawi!

Spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out and working on my computer. Went back to our favorite Indian restauraunt and had an early dinner. Even with the unlikly name of "Big Bite" it really does have fantastic food. Spent the rest of the night packing and preparing for an early departure.


Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Tanzania
CIA World Fact Book: Tanzania

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