Sunday, December 31, 2006

Long Ferry from Zanzibar

After a grueling trip, Megan and I have arrived at the Peacock Hotel in Dar es Salaam. The internet here is marginal, so we're attempting to post via email. Due to the religious holiday, everything in the city is closed, so this will really be out only option for posting today . . . hopefully it works!

Last night was glorious. After a fascinating tour of a spice plantation that included tastings of delicious and unusual fruits and teas as well as a great "guess that spice" game, we headed back to Stone Town for some shopping. Later, we headed to the rooftop bar of the Africa House Hotel to watch the sunset. Over a couple of Kili's, we watched the sun set over the Indian ocean while chatting with some Belgian guys about their recent climb of Kilimanjaro. The evening was beautiful. We then headed to Mercury's, a restaurant on the water named for Freddie Mercury, who was born on Zanzibar. Then we retired to our nicest hotel of the trip . . . still no hot water, but, by gosh, we had some nice air-conditioning.

This morning was not glorious. Our 7 AM ferry left at 10. Then the air conditioning went out twenty minutes into the three-hour trip, and we started sweating profusely . . . and so did everyone else, especially people who haven't bathed in a really long time. Then roaches started crawling around, and then a woman in the seat behind us vomited all over the floor. We're happy to be off that boat.

By the way, we now know that you can fly from Zanzibar to Dar in twenty minutes . . . for ten dollars more than we paid for the ferry.

Tonight should be a fun New Year's Eve. The hotel has a big party with fire breathers and dancers and bands and "yoga" (we have no idea what this means).

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