Dar is huge. And super developed. It is overwhelming. There are so many people and so much to look at. I felt awful after the 8 hour bus ride, and just went to the guesti and got some take away food, ate in my room and went to bed. Today, I have 4 goals:
1. Get a bus ticket for tomorrow–another 12 hour bus ride to look forward to; Check. Luckily there is a ticket stand right across from my hotel so this was super easy and convenient
2. Find “little america”–there is this shopping hall here which is just like America. Seeing as how my friend is coming from America to see Tanzania, I figured she probably wouldn’t be too interested in trying to find America in Tanzania. I, after staying here for the better part of 8 months (jeez! It has been a long time), am very interested in this so I wanted to go before she arrives today. After walking around aimlessly for awhile, asking a person for directions in swahili, calling another volunteer for help, asking a person for directions in english….and failing on all counts, I finally gave up. Not all was lost, however, as I found myself in front of the automatic doors of the Holiday Inn. I am currently here, basking in the air conditioning, paying a ridiculous amount to use the internet. I may even go and drink some coffee at the coffee bar in a second, and I don’t even like coffee.
3. Get Kelly–my friend is coming in in the afternoon. We are going to jump right into life in Tanzania with a dala dala ride the second she gets off the plane (the dalas here are much larger than those in other places so this shouldn’t be too bad), and a 12 hour bus ride tomorrow. Pole (sorry) Kelly.
4. Find a taxi to take me to the bus stand at 5am tomorrow. Shouldn’t be too hard as there are taxis everywhere, and I’ve got the number of a girl.
Basi (that’s all). Hope you are all doing well. Wish me luck. Hoping that my navigation skills improve in the next hour and that my next post isn’t entitled: “Sarah, lost in Dar”.