November 24, 2011 | Mountains to Durban, South Africa
Day #23 – Ok, so here is the deal; I am TERRIBLE at keeping a journal. The minute things start to get busy, writing takes a back seat, which is to bad because my memory is awful! So, I sit here on the ‘last’ truck ride to Durban and it is high time I get caught up. Well, actually, it is not so much getting caught up as it is getting it sorted. The busy days and nights of driving, setting up/ taking down camp, concerts and meetings have definitely begun to meld together. Every 3 to 4 days is a new concert, new people and some new experience.
To help you get a clearer picture of the experience I think I should explain a general day:
-We wake up very early, normally anywhere between 3am and 6am. (yup, I consider waking up a 6am sleeping in these days!)
-We have an hour to pack up our tents, eat breakfast, and get loaded onto the big trucks. (In case you don’t remember, there are 6 trucks that fit about 28 people each)
-Then we hit the road, we drive anywhere between about 8 hours to 15 hours. Most days seem to take about 12hours.
-When we finally arrive at camp, we set-up our tents and meet with our groups to do the daily chores of food prep, getting water, cleaning the truck, doing dishes….
-The next step for me is usually search for power and internet in hopes of getting some work done. This usually fails, and I join my fellow caravaners in the pool/ocean/lake or play some pool (super popular here!) before going to bed and doing it all over again.
Did that help paint a picture? Good, now I can try to get us caught up on all the days I have neglected journaling about. Here we go!
November 7, 2011 | Nairobi, Kenya to Arusha, Tanzania
Day #6 – FINALLY, we are hitting the road! Our first travel of day was a long one, about 13 hours with a border crossing at Tanzania. We have met our official new truck family, made up of wonderful people from Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa, Uganda, Nigeria, Norway, Canada, and the United States. As you can imagine, with this many nationalities crammed into one, small space there has some occasional culture clashing. It is taking some adjusting to get used to each others ‘way of doing things’. Perhaps the most noticeable amount of tension is in the morning when half the people are pumped and ready to sing and dance, and then there is the other half who would much rather catch up on the sleep they lost while former half kept them up all night talking, singing and dancing! I will let you guess which nationalities belonged to each half. Haha, yup…. but honestly everyone is getting along so great. I just love learning about all the different cultures. But, moving along, we arrived out our campsite (called Snake Park) after dark and set-up our tents in the rain….. supper, then bed.
November 8, 2011 | Arusha, Tanzania to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Day #7- It’s time to wake up and pack-up at 4am this morning. It is still raining and we are grumpy! Today our truck travels about 15 hours through the gorgeous and diverse Tanzania. Ok, and when I say gorgeous and diverse know that am NOT doing it justice! Sadly, some of our poor caravaners weren’t in the mood to admire the gorgeous landscape; they were really, really sick. For one of the trucks, this turned their 13 hour drive into a 17 hours one, YIKES! I won’t get into the details, but let’s just say it wasn’t pretty… did I mention there are no bathrooms on the truck. I guess that’s one way to get up close and personal with Africa, well Africa’s roadsides anyways.
Fortunately though, everyone did make it to the gorgeous Kipepeo Beach Campsite on the Indian Ocean. We set-up, eat and fall asleep to the sound of the ocean.
Here are some shots I snagged out the window of the truck as we were driving! Did mention that Tanzania is soo gorgeous?? ENJOY!!
That cloud covered mountain back on the right hand-side is Mount Kilimanjaro!!!
Sorry about the lack of photos, it was a bit of frustrating task to get any good shot out of the window of a bouncing truck. But I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse of Tanzania!