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Sunday 5 Aug
Zanzibar, Tanzania

Jambo! Mambo?

Hi everyone. It's me April. I'm coming out of my laziness to try and write a decent summary of what we've been up to. Michelle last wrote in Nairobi. We heard a couple of stories about it being a horrible city, but it wasn't too bad. We didn't get mugged, although the prices in the city center are pretty much highway robbery. But we were smart and didn't buy anything. :) Some guy tried to sell Michelle a patch for 23 USD! There wasn't too much to do there but shop, so we just chilled out for 5 days. I actually spent the time recuperating from my incident, which I hope never happens ever again. At the end of the 5 days, we met out tour group at a hotel. All in all, there are 23 of us, 20 of which are girls - it's pretty funny. So far, no big cat fights have occurred. :)

On the first day we headed out of Kenya into Arusha, Tanzania. It's a city that has easy access to the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti Park. We camped there that night. It was Michelle's first time camping and I guess my real first time too. We set up our tents which was actually pretty easy. It was a bit hard sleeping at night though because we're not used to sleeping on the ground. (We have a thin foam pad as a mattress). So far so good.

The next day we took a Masaai tour. The Masaai people live in Kenya and Tanzania and build their houses out of sticks and cow dung. One man can have 8 or more wives. We even heard of one guy having 50 kids (I think I heard that right)! It was quite interesting. The kids there would go up to us and just hold our hands. It was quite strange but nice.

We've also been on a couple of safaris. One in Ngorongoro Crater, which was totally awesome! We saw tons of animals and a few lions. We even got to see them mating, which was a bit funny... I guess we were lucky. The other animals we got to see were: Pink Flamingos, Zebras, Gazelles, Wart Hogs, Buffalo, Wildebeasts, Hippos, Ostriches, and I'm probably forgetting a few more. The other safari was in Serengeti. We didn't get to see too much more - Hyenas, Giraffes, and Elephants, but we ended up spending the night within the park. It was cool because there weren't any fences. A couple of girls heard hyenas right outside our tents, but Michelle and I were in a deep sleep and didn't get to hear them laughing.

Our toilets here were pretty disgusting - people saw rats, bats, and other creepy crawlies. We would just get in, do our dirty work (while flapping the air behind our rear to avoid mosquito bites on our bum), and get out as quickly as possible. It was loads of fun I must say.

Since then, we've been doing a lot of traveling on the truck (which is almost like a bus, but we're all sitting around facing each other). We've met loads of new people and everyone is quite interesting in their own ways. Most of them are from England, so Michelle was saying how I'm starting to turn English. Hahah. I've picked up a few words here and there.

We're now in Zanzibar which is an island. The beaches here are beautiful, although we're a bit spoiled now and think Phuket's beaches were much nicer. :P

Today is our free day to relax and do nothing. I should be out and about on the beach but decided to use the computer since I haven't kept in touch w/ everyone lately. Tomorrow I'm going to go snorkeling w/ other people and the day after we're taking a city spice tour. Michelle and I are having a blast so far on this tour. It's more relaxing having people tell you what you're going to be doing than planning it out for yourselves.

Time's almost up, so I'll be leaving now. Until next time.

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