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All those people, all those lives, where are they now? With loves, and hates, and passions just like mine, They were born, And then they lived, And then they died. It seems so unfair. I want to cry.
--Morrissey

lisa follows:
shannon books (Read Harder 2017)
books (Read 2017)
movies (seen and rated, 2017)
Ryan family (Visits from (Dead) Loved Ones)
travel (National Parks)
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TANZANIA:

  • Arusha City-Tarangire National Park (Tarangire Sopa Lodge): LIONS, GIRAFFES, BIRDS, ANTELOPE, IMPALAS, ELEPHANTS, WILDEBEESTS, OSTRICH, CHAMELEONS, MONKEYS, BOARS, WATERBUCKS --savanah plains
  • Lake Manyara National Park (Lake Manyara Serena Lodge): GIRAFFES, BUFFALO, ZEBRAS, BABOONS, BOARS, BLUE MONKEYS, FLAMINGOS, ANTELOPE, MONITOR LIZARD, BIRDS --jungle
  • Serengeti National Park (Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp): MARABO BIRD, ZEBRA, GISELLE, WILDEBEEST, LION, OSTRICH, BOARS, LEOPARD, STORKS, BABOONS, HYREX, TOPI, CHEETAH, JACKAL, BAT EARRED FOX, HYENA, WART HOGS
  • Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area (Ngorongoro Serena Lodge) BLACK RHINO, ELEPHANT, LION, ZEBRA, WILDEBEEST, HIPPO, GISELLE
  • Arusha
      • Rivertrees Hotel (cottage 1 or something by river - spend couple days here - do property trails - do local tour + arusha city tour (kilombero market)
      • Karatu Region -- farmland
      • Cultural Tour -- Arusha
      • Cultural Heritage Center
      • Maasai Market
      • Kilimanjaro in Moshi area
      • Arusha National Park ($100)
      • Masaai bomas (villages) - do one in hills of ngorogoro area with soccer field
      • Shanga Shangaa disabilities art studio in Arusha
      • Kikuletwa Hotsprings

ZANZIBAR:

  • Zanzibar Learning for Life
  • Stone Town
  • Spice Tour
  • Walking Tour ($15 -- arrange at Emerson Spice Hotel)
  • Darajani Market
  • Prison Island -- giant tortoises
  • Forodhani Gardens (evening vendors - go at sunset to watch men jump off dock)
  • Heritage Society Music Academy (next to mizingani hotel)
  • Cheetah's Rock (T/TH/Sun 2pm-6:45 $140)
  • Old Fort
    • Food:
      • Lukmaan Restaurant -- great fun cheap
      • Passing Show Hotel
      • Tea House Restaurant (emerson hurumzi hotel rooftop - so nice)
  • Paje beach
      • Taperia
      • Stone Town Cafe
    • Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park ($10 monkeys/mangroves)

NOTES:

  • magical brown bunnies everywhere at Dublin airport. was so happy.
  • andrew helping me with tourist visa money at atm
  • slow season so I have the driver Deo all to myself
  • two young men asked me the difference between a blog and a website...after trying to use an old webster's dictionary. I also had a difficult time articulating it haha.
  • massai boys dressed in black with white painted faces (recently circumcised - if they cry during procedure it brings shame to family)
  • young children (4 years) herding cows, goats, and donkeys in the countryside. so beautiful.
  • four lions sleeping in trees together
  • seeing the coupled animals out here that mate for life
  • dreaming about safari animals when taking a nap...thinking of the lions hiding everywhere and seeing all their prey on alert.
  • lions mating 20 feet from me
  • can't escape tourist trappings (stopping at a souvenir shop on a tour, cheesy performances at hotel) but remember you're there to put money into their economy.
  • Deo and his wife taking me to jazz club
  • need full day and half to adjust
  • they use "you are welcome" in different way than in US - more literal
  • zebras locking heads for protection - looking out for each other
  • massai children sitting around teacher in beautiful countryside - and coming to wave at us
  • poaching coming to an end, and female circumcision -- gives me hope
  • hearing lions while sleeping in tented camp in Serengeti
  • animals and birds all coming to life as the sun rises
  • teetsi fly bites
  • rain downpour in serengeti at night
  • hiking in bush with armed ranger (buffalos can charge and be dangerous)
  • lost baby wildebeest separated from herd near lion territory
  • massai herders carrying cell phones and playing soccer
  • 4 feet from two lions
  • Deo my guide :) --easy travel "busy busy busy" Deo 255 784 319505
  • listening to country music in Deo's car on way to club...his car barely making it because he replaced engine (like James - so funny)
  • convincing every shop to make the holding zebras...if it happens I am responsible!
  • bargain 1/2 of price they offer
  • 3900 safari, 1400 plane ticket, 200 zanzibar plane ticket, 285 zanzibar 3 nights, 197 Rivertrees food etc, 476 arusha 4 night hotel, 1300 cash: $7700
  • considerations: touts, making sure respecting muslims with clothing (avoid Ramadan in June - restaurants closed during day), mosquitos, humidity (go in late May), carry small change for tipping
may 9 2017 ∞
jun 25 2017 +