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Ngorongoro crater rim.

If only to see the stars

After a 14h journey in total (including an 11h bus drive with only one stop to buy food and go to the washroom) I finally made it back to my home away from home, the intern house in Dar es Salaam.

How do I best describe the past week? So much has happened, so many memories were made.

I will write separate posts about each stop we made and each location we visited, but for now let me just sum it up:

I slept in a tent in the middle of the Serengeti, surrounded by Hyenas and other wildlife animals. I watched the stars at night, in completely in awe of how close, how big and how many they were. I drove a land rover in the Serengeti. I slept in a tent, wrapped up in 10 layers of clothes and two sleeping bags at the rim of Ngorongoro Crater and later discovered that there was a Buffalo standing right next to us. I hiked 8km up to Kilimanjaro and then back down. I had super interesting conversations with local people and Maasai, soaking up every information I could get my hands on.

All the early mornings, the countless hours spent on buses or in cars, everything was worth it in the end.

Everyone should go to Africa at least once in his life, if only to see the stars.

Roadside Chapati

Our chapati making session went great!

I could not be happier. When we got to the restaurant – souvenirs and chocolate from our home countries in hand – the cook launched into an explanation of how to make these pancakes. He told us the ingredients, showed us how to make it and when we asked if we can buy these now he told us “No, not these, I want you to make them yourselves!”

And so we did.

We had so much fun and such a good time. Lots of people started to gather around the restaurant to see what these three “Mzungus” were doing there.

We went back to have dinner tonight, asked about the ingredients of the tea they’re serving every night (spiced black tea with lots of ginger and cardamom). It is pure and utter perfection. To the point where I have to put the cup down, take a deep breath and sigh from happiness because my heart is just so full.

We also asked about the porridge they serve and our new friend agreed to show us how to make it after he comes back from his stay at home. So much goodness. So much happiness.

I’m leaving for the north of Tanzania tomorrow. Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater planned. Sleeping in tents, early morning sunrise in the Serengeti and Banana Beer were things mentioned in regards to this trip. I could not be more excited.

I will not take my netbook with me, so the next update will follow when I get back from this trip, around the 28th, maybe even a day or so later :)