We’ll the time has come for me to pack my bags, dust off my shoes and hit the road again! I met two girls on Lonely planet who happen to be in Moshi and surprise surprise, not only from California but from Santa Cruz. A wonderful beach town, an hour from my house! We’re heading to Gombe National Stream in Western Tanzania (borders Burundi) tomorrow and I’m very happy.
Gombe is where Jane Goodall spent 40 years studying the chimpanzees and I owe it to her for planting the seed of curiousity in me for Africa. So for all of you who can’t quite understand my desire for Africa… it stems from childhood. You never know what books or toys may inspire you’re child! I’m intrigued to see where she’s spent so much of her life. But the best part is, it’s very isolated and quite the journey to get there.
If you’re curious, get a map or google one of Tanzania.
Find Moshi. Find Dodoma, kigoma and Gombe.
I’ll take a 10 hr bus ride from Moshi to Dodoma (the capital of Tanzania), then hope luck is on my side and hop on a train that night. Trains only operate 4 days a week and my understanding tickets sell out quickly and yet you can’t buy them over the phone or online. Hurray! Once on the train I’ll ride for 24 hrs and arrive in the small lakeside town of Kigoma. From there, a 3hr lake taxi/lake dala dala to Kibarizi (2km from Gombe).
Sound like fun? I’m happy to be with two other woman, my age! It’s the journey not the destination! It could take anywhere from 3 -6 days to get there. will see what happens!
Thanks to those of you who have sent cards/postcards. I’ve only received 3 so far and keep asking about mail. It seems like everything comes in bunches. Hopefully, once I return from Gombe, all mail will have arrived! If all goes well, I shall be in kenya by the end of January!
So I post more photos and somehow my memory card has gotten a virus or at least on half the pictures i want to post… hmmm. And someone was just telling me how their memory card got infected with too many viruses and now mine seems to have one, great!
DOnt’ know why the photos aren’t all upright like I edited them. Oh well. don’t strain your necks too much!