Day 2: Arrive in Dar es Salaam

Friday 3/14/08

The flight to Dar es Salaam was less comfortable but we all were very excited about our final destination. Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam is small and it was clear the luggage facilities were not quite well equipped to handle the increasing traffic (no A/C and perhaps too many luggage porters). Rumit from Safari Ventures was already waiting to take us to the New Africa Hotel. It’s a western hotel with all necessities – electricity, hot water and clean rooms – as well as luxuries – pool, gym, casino, bars and restaurants. We got a room with a view of the pool. After a quick shower my roommate Anna, Alex and I went for a short (a very short) walk around the hotel. We tried to find the rest of our team who left earlier but instead found ourselves at the entrance of Hotel Kilimanjaro where President Bush stayed a few weeks ago. People on the streets were curious where we’re from, praised Bush and talked about Obama and Kenya’s Senator beer. I felt a bit disoriented not carrying a map and later in the evening studied the sites of the city. (See my notes on the map of Dar es Salaam). Tonight, we all dined at the hotel in the Bandari Grill Restaurant. The menu had continental dishes (as well as prices) from Italian to Indian. I had shrimp with shitakee mushroom rice, was OK. I wanted to taste local cuisine.

Lutheran Church across from the hotel, Pool view from our room and our First Dinner.

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