04.01.08

Back from Africa

Posted in africa 2008, personal, photos, travel at 12:24 am by wingerz

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off a dhow, into the indian ocean
(samarth)

We arrived at home late yesterday evening, relieved to be home but missing our twenty wonderful MIT Sloan traveling companions and reliving our favorite memories from the past two weeks. The trip was amazing – it was a visit to an entirely new and fascinating world. I’m hoping to make my way through my travel journal and thousands of pictures to generate a series of blog posts.

To summarize: We spent one day in London, four days on safari in northeast Tanzania, three days in Rwanda, one day in Dar es Salaam (on the east coast of mainland Tanzania), two and a half days in Zanzibar (off the coast of mainland Tanzania), and several days in between traveling by jeep, ferry, and small airplane.

It was not a very relaxing vacation. Never slept past 8am. Applied multiple layers of sunscreen and DEET every single day. Sweat constantly. Never really felt clean. Worried about getting malaria. Got doused by pouring rain and beaten down by the unrelenting sun. Repacked our huge backpacks every day or two because we were on the move (Zanzibar was the only place where we stayed in one place for three nights, and that required a modification to the itinerary). But it was all a small price to pay to see such a wide variety of natural environments and cities. We covered a lot of ground, met a lot of welcoming hosts, and shared a lot of great experiences.

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at our resort in zanzibar

Our fellow travelers were great. We looked out for each other in crowded markets, gave each other wake-up calls, backed up each other’s photos, shared food and medication, entertained each other with card games and conversation, borrowed each other’s phones and laptops. This is a trip that I wouldn’t have felt comfortable taking on our own, so I’m thankful for having a good-natured group to go along with.

Jetlag and 22 hours of traveling are catching up to me. More to come…

2 Comments »

  1. Cy said,

    April 2, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Sounds awesome! Glad you had a great trip and that you’re back safely.

  2. ~wingerz » Africa 2008: The complete journal said,

    November 29, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    […] Day 0 & 1: Prelude Day 2: We have arrived Day 3: We’re on safari! Day 4: View from above Day 4: Lion tracking Day 4: Eulogy for a goat Day 4: Fun with Maasai Day 5: Detour to Lake Manyara Day 5: Luxury camping Day 6: Descent into the crater Day 7: Waiting for school Day 7: End of safari Day 7: Off to Rwanda Day 8: Remembering the genocide Day 9: Gorillas in the mist Day 10: Shoping in Rwanda Day 10: Leaving Rwanda Day 10: Travel arrangements, Africa-style Day 11: Dar, home away from home Day 12: Paradise Day 13: Snorkeling Mnemba Day 13: Sunset dhow cruise Day 14: Zanzibar for tourists Day 15: Seeing sealife (and eating it) Day 16: Going home Back from Africa […]

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