Category: Tanzania 2015/16

I Fought a Dirty Cop for my Life in Tanzania

I Fought a Dirty Cop for my Life in Tanzania

I Fought a Dirty Cop for my Life in Tanzania -Live transcript of my friend Mr. P. was in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and wanted to do the Kilimanjaro climb.  Really looking forward to it, and then I saw how much money they want for it, fees and park fees and all that guide shit.  I would’ve done it on me own, cause it’s only a hike, and I’m that type of person.  I would’ve just walked it myself.  But,...

Mbeya to Lusaka: Bus Boy

Mbeya to Lusaka: Bus Boy

Mbeya to Lusaka: Bus Boy. March 1 I wanted to get on the move from Tanzania to Zambia, so I got going at about 08:00.  The hot water shower I was promised lasted for about 90 seconds.  Well, that will help save water from shower abuser like myself… 😡 I went downstairs in the hotel for the free breakfast of chapati (African pancake things) at the hotel and then packed my bags.  The guy who checked me into the hotel last...

Arusha to Mbeya: Leap Year Country Crossing

Arusha to Mbeya: Leap Year Country Crossing

Arusha to Mbeya: Leap Year Country Crossing. Feb 29 Up at 04:48, showered, checked out of my dungeon hotel room and rushed off to the bus station.  Found a ticket from Arusha to Mbeya for 56,000 ($25.50). Likely paid too much but it was too early to think. Found out the bus would not arrive and leave again until 07:00. Went back to the hotel. Checked back in at 05:38. Slept again until 06:38. Rushed off to the bus station....

Nairobi to Arusha: Blagging Immigration

Nairobi to Arusha: Blagging Immigration

Nairobi to Arusha: Blagging Immigration. Feb 28 So I realize that it is a leap year and that means tomorrow is a fancy day. I feel like I need an explanation as to why some months have 30 days and some have 31. What is the reason that February normally only has 28 for ¾ of the time?  Who came up with this nonsensical number system…and now that I think about it, why 24 hours?  Why did they not base...

East Africa Tourist Visa

East Africa Visa Battle: Tanzania to Uganda

East Africa Visa Battle: Tanzania to Uganda Jan 23 It was a crazy and stressful morning, but I really did not care that much and knew life would find a way to work itself out somehow… My friend Jasmine and I arrived at the bus terminal in Bukoba, Tanzania by 6:20 via motorcycle taxi.  She had to pay for my motorcycle because I only had $0.40 worth of Tanzanian money left in my pocket.  We climbed onto our Greyhound-sized bus...

Bukoba: Beachside on Lake Victoria

Bukoba: Beachside on Lake Victoria

Bukoba: Beachside on Lake Victoria. Jan 22 I woke up far too early, expecting to arrive between 05:00 and 06:00 in Bukoba like they had told me.  Yea, we arrived at 06:40.  Africa.  I believe too much in what people tell me here.  I read somewhere that Africans say, “Europeans have watches, but we have time.”  I got off the boat with my new friends Jasmine from China and Mike from Manchester.  Yesterday, my friend Raphael from Bukoba told me...

Ukerewe Boat Mwanza Ferry Gone: Demeanors

Ukerewe Boat Mwanza Ferry Gone: Demeanors

Ukerewe Boat Mwanza Ferry Gone: Demeanors. Jan 21 So some days are strange…You start out with a bad day and then it becomes a fantastic day.  When you are up, you are up and when you are down, you meet the right people to bring you up… I met Consolatha, the girl I had made plans with last night, as we were going to Ukara Island today.  Consolatha showed up to meet me at a juice bar an hour late. ...

Ukerewe: Making Babies Cry and Children Terrified

Ukerewe: Making Babies Cry and Children Terrified

Ukerewe: Making Babies Cry and Children Terrified. Jan 20 Dear Tanzania, Thank you for pointing to Coca-Cola and explaining to me that it is soda.  Thank you for pointing to the outlet in my room and explaining that is where I will get electricity.  And thank you for explaining to me that the wheel in the bridge of the ship is for steering. Sincerely, The dumb white guy from a different culture than yours. I decided to catch the ferry...

Inspiration, Condoms, Dental Floss, and Local Yelling.

Mwanza: Inspiration, Condoms, Dental Floss, and Local Yelling

Mwanza: Inspiration, Condoms, Dental Floss, and Local Yelling. Jan 19 Today was a maintenance day.  I need one of those from time to time. I have hired someone to help me to keep the blog tidy and to try to make it grow through marketing.  I just do not have time to write and try and learn the marketing skills to make it all grow.  Last year I read Dare to Succeed by Mark Burnett, the man who created the...

Mwanza Hooker Fight Lullabies

Mwanza Hooker Fight Lullabies

Mwanza Hooker Fight Lullabies. Jan 18 Mwanza is a very pretty town. It is gorgeous.  The rocks. The colorful lizards.  And no one really hassles me in the streets…. Actually, it’s not entirely true that no one hassles me in the streets.  This town is nothing like Arusha or Moshi. Most people just stare at me in disbelief that there is someone in their town who is not an albino and has skin that is white.  I am not even...

Arusha to Mwanza - A Sore Ass and Overlooking the Obvious

Arusha to Mwanza – A Sore Ass and Overlooking the Obvious

Arusha to Mwanza – A Sore Ass and Overlooking the Obvious. Jan 17 Swahili loves to double up on the words language-wise.  Here are some examples.  Almost every word I know in the language is doubled. picki-picki – Motorcycle (because it makes the sound ‘picki-picki-picki-picki’) pole-pole – Slow peeli-peeli – Spicy boda-boda – Road haraka-haraka – Hurry I was up at 04:30 so that I could shower and check in for my Arusha to Mwanza bus.  I had bought a bus...

Karatu to Arusha - First World Complainers

Karatu to Arusha – First World Complainers

Karatu to Arusha – First World Complainers. Jan 16 Grace was a handful this morning. She was very provocative.  I liked the idea, but I was out of condoms and that meant that nothing was happening.  She told me that I should go out and buy more. Yea, right, I am going to leave a local woman, who I met in a bar, in my room alone with all of my most important road possessions while I go out and...

Karatu: Cleanliness is Important

Karatu: Cleanliness is Important

Karatu: Cleanliness is Important. Jan 15 It is hard to find dental floss in Tanzania.  Believe me, I have tried… I went to get my clothes washed today in Karatu, as it has been a long time since I have done my laundry.  It was difficult to explain what I needed until I started carrying my laundry bag around with me.  Eventually, someone directed me to a place that had a plywood sign painted with the words “Laundry and Dry...

Ngorongoro Crater - Safari in Africa Day 3

Ngorongoro Crater – Safari in Africa Day 3

Ngorongoro Crater – Safari in Africa Day 3. Jan 14 The food on this trip is the best food I have had in Tanzania so far!  Going from beans, rice and ugali to food with such rich flavor is amazing.  Going back to what I was eating before is going to be rough….Breakfast this morning was fruit, pancakes, eggs, toast, and sausages.  Wow! We were out of the camp by 06:30, and as we pulled out onto the road, there...

Serengeti Safari Lion Buffalo Feast - Day 2

Serengeti Safari Lion Buffalo Feast – Safari in Africa Day 2

Serengeti Safari Lion Buffalo Feast – Day 2. Jan 13 We were up at 05:20 to start our day with a fantastic sunrise.  The Serengeti is so alive. Within five minutes of us parking to watch the sun bring in the day, a jackal came walking past our Land Cruiser.  Five minutes after that, a hyena came walking along right next to our vehicle. Serenget is the Maasai word for ‘land of endless plain’.  The flat goes as far as...

Karatu: Rockstar Sadness, Feminists, and BBQ Chickens

Karatu: Rockstar Sadness, Feminists, and BBQ Chickens

For a touching article for a journalist who wrote from her heart about him, click this green line.   Karatu: Rockstar Sadness, Feminists, and BBQ Chickens. Jan 11 I spent the day running around trying to find a safari to join tomorrow.  I love Karatu because people really leave me alone here, but I am surprised that right next to the Serengeti that there are no tour agencies offering safaris here.  So, I was out meeting any and every safari...

Katesh to Karatu: Markets and Albino Limb Potion

Katesh to Karatu: Markets and Albino Limb Potion

Katesh to Karatu: Markets and Albino Limb Potion. Jan 10 I was sick this morning.  Bad stomach.  It took a month for that to happen, so I am kind of okay with being sick right now. I met up with Paulo in the courtyard of the guesthouse and we went to the Katesh (Qatesh) market which takes place every 10th and the 27th of the month.  It was amazing what was there, even though every eye in the market seemed...

Katesh: Live Chickens on a Bus and People Mattering

Katesh: Live Chickens on a Bus and People Mattering

Katesh: Live Chickens on a Bus and People Mattering. Jan 9 I met with Paulo this morning, shook hands and said goodbye to all of his friends.  Then as Paulo and I were walking to the bus station, he stopped to say hello to some of his friends and they were asking him if they could try some of my Czech sniffing-tobacco.  Apparently word got around fast about what I had shared last night.  I was clearly a hit! Paulo...

Mbulu: Sharing Tobacco and Counting Wives

Mbulu: Sharing Tobacco and Counting Wives

Mbulu: Sharing Tobacco and Counting Wives Jan 8 When I went to meet Paulo today, he was wearing an old cowboy hat.  I guess he wanted to show me that he has groovy fashion too.  He looked cool.  His hat has been stitched in many different places to be held together.  He says he is a ‘cowboy-fake.’ It seems to be okay and in good humor in Tanzania to make fun of someone for their physical situation.  Yesterday on the...

Yayeda Chini Hadza Tribe: Hunter Gatherer Money Greed

Yayeda Chini Hadza Tribe: Hunter Gatherer Money Greed

Jan 7 It could have been one of the greatest days of my life in a quest to find the Hadza Tribe.  Unfortunately it was spoiled long before I arrived by money and greed….  I met Paulo this morning at 07:30 for breakfast and we caught a bus for $1 to a village called Bashay.  We were on a big bus where Paulo sat in a row of three seats with an empty between us.  Even though there were plenty...

Mbulu: Defensive Driving and Operating a Knife

Mbulu: Defensive Driving and Operating a Knife

Mbulu: Defensive Driving and Operating a Knife. Jan 6 The way they drive in Tanzania… it is truly amazing.  It is a developing country thing…  If I were to try to explain what is in each driver’s mind it would be, ‘I drive fast and I have no idea what I am doing.  I am going to honk my horn when I make any moves so that you can be prepared for whatever I am doing that I should not...

Mbulu: Out to the Countryside

Mbulu: Out to the Countryside

Mbulu: Out to the Countryside. Jan 5 I got up this morning and changed guesthouses in Mbulu. I knew where a $3 guesthouse was across town that had a room with attached shower and bathroom.  I went there to check in and when I went into the room, the water did not work their either.  So, I headed back across town to a guesthouse next to the one I stayed in last night.  I am now in the fanciest place...

Moshi to Mbulu - Local Love Proposals and Chasing Tires with Sticks

Moshi to Mbulu – Local Love Proposals and Chasing Tires with Sticks

Moshi to Mbulu – Local Love Proposals and Chasing Tires with Sticks. Jan 4 Time to get out of Moshi.  One day of a return was enough.  I said goodbye to my Danish friends at breakfast and caught a dola-dola to make a trip from Moshi to Mbulu.  The first stop was Arusha.  Arusha is a big city that I did not want to be near, yet have to use it somewhat.  There was a crowd of people waiting for...

The Danish Robbed in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

The Danish Robbed in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

The Danish Robbed in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Jan 3 I went to check my money situation this morning while on the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and realized I had about $8 in cash on me.  I could have made it work and I could have stayed another night and eaten off of that, but it would have been a very fine line and I did not want to have to deal with being $0.50 short for the dola-dola ride...

Marangu: All Business, No Pals

Marangu: All Business, No Pals

Marangu: All Business, No Pals. Jan 2 Someone was having loud sex this afternoon just outside of my room.  I had to change rooms later in the day because there was no electricity in my room, so I was moved to a different bungalow on the property, and was not within earshot of where I was before.  Late in the afternoon, someone was having loud sex again.  There seems to be no shyness about that here.  Good for the Tanzanians...

Marangu: Big Families and Exotic Expenses

Marangu: Big Families and Exotic Expenses

Marangu: Big Families and Exotic Expenses. Jan 1st 2016 I slept in until about 11:00.  It felt good to have a long lay in.  I took care of Marisa’s needs again this morning and she headed off.  I headed for the shower and decided to get out of town. One of the guys who worked at the ‘NewcastIe Hotel’ where I was staying knew of a place with cheap accommodation in a town called Marangu where I wanted to go. ...

Moshi: Happy New Year!

Moshi: Happy New Year!

Moshi: Happy New Year! Dec 31 – 2015 The circles around the sun happen faster and faster…  Here we are again… I stayed pretty close to the hotel today, aside from going to get my phone fixed by the ‘Phone Doctor’ who was really knowledgeable at what he does.  I should have gone to him right away rather than poke around in my phone myself and cause more problems that he would also have to fix.  It would be nice...

Moshi: A Piece of Meat

Moshi: A Piece of Meat

Moshi: A Piece of Meat. Dec 30 Meet Silus: – Silus is from the Massai tribe.  His village is 30 km away from Moshi, Tanzania. – There are Maasai people everywhere in Tanzania and many in Kenya.  They all speak the same language, which is amazing because there are 100’s of languages in Tanzania alone with all of the different tribes, and yet this one massive tribe across two countries speaks the same language.  – His father has five wives.  All...

Dar Es Salaam to Moshi: The Long Ride North

Dar Es Salaam to Moshi: The Long Ride North

Dar Es Salaam to Moshi: The Long Ride North. Dec 29 It can really screw you up when your phone loses track of time because it is so dead, and you allow it to set itself according to the mobile network you are using.  Then when you set your alarm for 05:20 to get to the buses early and everyone else is getting up at the same time it is really confusing.  Then you find a clock on the wall...

Stone Town to Dar Es Salaam: It's Good to Stay at the....

Stone Town to Dar Es Salaam: It’s Good to Stay at the….

Stone Town to Dar Es Salaam: It’s Good to Stay at the…. Dec 28 “Young man, are you listening to me?” I am lacking sleep because I think my Facebook and email accounts were hacked into through the internet at Sofia’s place.  That really happens?  Really?  Marc had been suspicious of it happening to him through her internet and last night things got fishy on me.  So, I was up until 02:00 changing passwords to accounts and the hassle of...

Stone Town, Zanzibar: 73 Year Old Energy

Stone Town, Zanzibar: 73 Year Old Energy

Stone Town, Zanzibar: 73 Year Old Energy. Dec 27 Derrick from Germany, 73 – “How was it at home?” German friend Marc – “Beautiful.” Derrick – “No, a woman is beautiful.  Temperatures are hot or cold.  How was it?” Marc – “It was hot.” And that is the mind of a 73 year old German man I met today named Derrick. It was the slow beginning of a day, and it took Marc, Sofia and I until 14:00 to get...

Michamvi to Stone Town, Zanzibar: Goodbye Full Package

Michamvi to Stone Town, Zanzibar: Goodbye Full Package

Michamvi to Stone Town, Zanzibar: Goodbye Full Package. Dec 26 If you want to save money when you travel, end up in a fling with an attractive woman who runs a restaurant.  That will really take care of some costs!  If she has a washing machine, you have basically achieved platinum status.  I have had a blast with this Ms. Tanzanian Pageant and she sure has taken care of me.  She did not even let me buy a single drink...

Michamvi Zanzibar: Merriment Awesomeness!

Michamvi Zanzibar: Merriment Awesomeness!

Michamvi Zanzibar: Merriment Awesomeness! Dec 25 I had a nice sleep in and went to see Ms. Tanzanian Pageant at her restaurant.  She was in a super fun mood full of Merriment.  She was about to cook us lunch, pointed to the blackness at the bottom of a large pot from a propane powered burner and said, “I look like here.”  Funny. Marc from Germany was out again today with Ms. Tanzanian Pageant’s sister.  I told Marc I will leave...

Michamvi Zanzibar: Empty Santa's Sack

Michamvi Zanzibar: Empty Santa’s Sack

Michamvi Zanzibar: Empty Santa’s Sack. Dec 24 Christmas already?  The Earth gets around the sun in a hurry! Spending Christmas day swimming in bathtub-warm turquoise blue waters is not such a bad way to spent the festive season.  In the later afternoon I went to hang around with Ms. Tanzanian Pageant at her restaurant/bar where I helped her to blow up balloons and hang Christmas decorations.  It is a white Christmas for me with perfect powder sand that makes everyone...

Michamvi Tanzania: The Good Life?

Michamvi Tanzania: The Good Life?

Michamvi Tanzania: The Good Life? Dec 23 Sometimes you do not realize you are caught up in The Good Life is until someone points it out to you.  Ms. Tanzanian Pageant’s sister’s German boyfriend was at the beach restaurant bar when I arrived today at 11:00.  He is in his 40’s and he said, “I look at your life and I think, wow.  You have it pretty good.  I am not sure if you could have gotten a better start...

Michamvi Zanzibar: Accidentally Smooth

Michamvi Zanzibar: Accidentally Smooth

Michamvi Zanzibar: Accidentally Smooth. Dec 22 People here in Zanzibar are not so tied to technology, so they are not so busy with nothing, yet, and they have time for other people.  Do you ever/always feel like there are not enough hours in the day?  There seems to be too many hours in the day here.  If you need to go somewhere to do something, and it will take you an hour to go there and back, but you do...

Michamvi Zanzibar: Beans vs Mashed

Michamvi Zanzibar: Beans vs Mashed

Michamvi Zanzibar: Beans vs Mashed. Dec 21 Ms. Tanzanian Pageant fed me lunch at her restaurant.  She came to my bungalow to get me in the afternoon to see if I wanted to meet her sister who had just arrived to see her.  Her sister was with a German man.  I guess they think outside of Tanzania…  But here is the thing: her sister was in a car accident three months ago.  She is still on crutches.  Her husband died...

Michamvi Zanzibar: Trouble with Two Women

Michamvi Zanzibar: Trouble with Two Women

Michamvi Zanzibar: Trouble with Two Women. Dec 20 Ms. Tanzanian Pageant, 25, really struggles with English in the morning.  She is good with the language during the day, but first thing in the morning is a lot of work…  What?  What?  What?  I don’t know? I went to see Ms. Tanzanian Pageant for lunch and gave her a Beatles shirt today that is too small for me and three extra pairs of socks that are taking up space in my...

Michamvi: The Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar!

Michamvi: The Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar!

Michamvi: The Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar! Dec 19 There is The Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar, close to where I am staying.  I caught a dola-dola, told the driver where I wanted to go, and he dropped me off after turning around twice on the road for some unknown reason.  This is Africa! I walked through a small village down to the beach, and there was the restaurant…  The Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar, is a massive rock close to the shore...

Michamvi Zanzibar - Sing the Moment In

Michamvi Zanzibar – Sing the Moment In

Michamvi Zanzibar – Sing the Moment In. Dec 18 Ms. Tanzanian Pageant left at 07:00 and I slept again until 09:30.  She showed up again at 10:30, and invited me for breakfast at her restaurant in Michamvi Zanzibar.  I told her that I would just head into the village to eat, but she said she had already prepared it.  She has been on me about not eating.  I eat, but I guess she is not used to someone who only...

Michamvi Zanzibar: Little Ms Tanzania Pageant

Michamvi Zanzibar: Little Ms Tanzania Pageant

Michamvi Zanzibar: Little Ms Tanzania Pageant. Dec 17 I no longer like the energy at Nungwi, as I felt my own was being sucked out of me by the beach boys hassling me, so I pulled the plug and hit the road today. I caught a dola-dola to Stone Town.  A Portuguese girl was in the front seat inside of the truck and the middle was free, so I rode down in luxury inside of the vehicle until we picked...

Nungwi to Kedwa Zanzibar: Long Walks on the Beach

Nungwi to Kedwa Zanzibar: Long Walks on the Beach

Nungwi to Kedwa Zanzibar: Long Walks on the Beach. Dec 16 It was time to see something as I feel like I am living in a beach corner of the world, so I went for about t three hour walk today.  I find walking along the beach to be very meditative.  I can iron out some things in my mind that are eating me.  I need to get out of here.  I talked to Mark in Taiwan last night and...

Nungwi Zanzibar: Chalk the White Guy

Nungwi Zanzibar: Chalk the White Guy

Nungwi Zanzibar: Chalk the White Guy. Dec 15 It rained here today.  And it rained a lot.  It rained all through the night with crazy thunder that woke me at 07:00 and then it rained all day into the afternoon.  There is a lot of water laying everywhere.  The village is nothing but puddles.  But it is hot, and it is so nice to be here.  It is no problem to handle rain in the heat! I went for a...

Nungwi Zanzibar: A Head of Exotic Follicles

Nungwi Zanzibar: A Head of Exotic Follicles

Nungwi Zanzibar: A Head of Exotic Follicles. Dec 14 As I went for a walk, I heard a local girl say hello to me from a great distance.  I could just see that she was wearing an orange dress.  I was gone for about an hour and when I came back, she was sitting with a couple of local gentlemen on a step close to where my guesthouse is located.  As I came by, she was saying hello again and...

Nungwi Zanzibar: Mr. HQP

Nungwi Zanzibar: Mr. HQP

Nungwi Zanzibar: Mr. HQP. Dec 13 I woke up at lunch and went to the beach at Nungwi Zanzibar for the afternoon.  I spent a couple of hours laying in a hammock watching the tide come in and out and then went to sit in the sand.  A local tout came and asked me if I wanted to go for a ride in a boat for the afternoon.  I told him about my night last night.  He had big eyes...

Zanzibar, Tanzania, net fishing

Local Night Net Fishing in Zanzibar

Dec 12 I was tired, but I got up in time for the guesthouse breakfast in Nungwi, Zanzibar.  It is a free meal, and I need to think about money more than sleep.  As I was eating, James, my Tanzanian friend, came to find me to tell me that he had been at the fish-market this morning and he talked with one of his friends who said that they would take me out on the fishing boat to work with...

Stone Town to Nungwi - Worlds Last Open Slave Market

Stone Town to Nungwi – Worlds Last Open Slave Market

Stone Town to Nungwi – Worlds Last Open Slave Market. Dec 11 Free guesthouse breakfast, check-out, and head to the Anglican Christ Chruch Cathedral which is the former site of the worlds last open slave market.  Legend has it that that alter of the church now sits above a tree where slaves were whipped to show their strength and hardness.  There are holding cells for the males and for the females under the church.  Slaves from central and east African...

Stone Town Zanzibar - Being Uncool

Stone Town Zanzibar – Being Uncool

Stone Town Zanzibar – Being Uncool. Dec 10 I basically worked on my website all day to get it ready to spring out.  And with technology, I had a lot of help from my friend Rob who is two continents away.  The modern world…  I am using my little hotel room as an office and I am sure that the guys running this guesthouse think that I am lame, and wonder what I am doing in my room all day...

Frankfurt to Zanzibar Tanzania - African Touchdown

Frankfurt to Zanzibar Tanzania: African Touchdown

Frankfurt to Zanzibar Tanzania: African Touchdown. Dec 9 I was lucky on my red-eye flight and I had my seat and the one beside it to myself.  Yeah!  I am flexible enough that I can sleep curled up on two seats and get a real night of rest.  I woke up somewhere over Africa and about 45 minutes before we were to land in Zanzibar we passed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Kenya.  …From the window of my plane as we flew...