Up early to catch our taxi only to find that the taxi didn't show - again. Started walking and about ten minutes in the taxi driver showed up - lucky for us, I was not looking forward o the five kilometer hike with our packs. Loading our packs on the bus the courier walked us to the other side of the bus and demanded money for the bags. Luckily we've already used the bus line a number of times and knew that luggage was included so we refused, but it just totally illustrated the fact that we were no longer in the friendlier Malawi.
The bus ride was long, but pleasantly boring after yesterday's hellish ride. I spent most of the ride working on my handheld computer. Until about an hour out of Dar it just stopped working! In Dar we quickly caught a ride to the hotel (luckily they had room). First thing I did when I got into our room was plug in my computer to recharge, but nothing happened. Tried everything, but it looks like my H/PC is dead. Bummer, that means that journal entries are going to be slow and concise until I can get it fixed (who knows when). I went down to the office and called around and found a dive shop that could take us diving tomorrow. We had a wonderful HOT shower then walked next door to a restaurant that had been recommended by Claire and Ian (met in Mbeya and Nkhata Bay). Dinner was pretty average but we were on our last Tanzanian Shillings so we were happy to be able to afford it.
Spent our last 2,000 Shillings on internet access - first time in almost three weeks! I had the rather daunting task of sorting through 180 messages - luckily most of them were junk and could be trashed. Unfortunately minutes before I ran out of time I read an email from my parents with very bad news. My grandma peacefully passed away yesterday. I think it's probably a good thing and I'm glad that it was quick and painless but it struck me very hard. I'm very thankful that Amy was there with me, otherwise I don't know how I would have handled. Even so it made me feel so far away... I couldn't even call my parents as we had less than ten cents in local currency and there is no where open to change money. Talk about powerless.