Off to Iringa

Trip Start May 02, 2010
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Trip End Jul 07, 2010


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Flag of Tanzania  , Iringa,
Monday, May 24, 2010

Its amazing how much you begin to appreciate the small things in life
when you visit this wonderful continent. Our 8 hour bus drive from
Dodoma to Iringa was a breeze simply because of one thing; reclining
seats. I don't think I've ever been so comfortable in a bus before,
even though our seats were in the back where the tiniest bumps on the
road make you feel like you're on a rollercoaster. I actually got some
sleep! The guy checking the tickets was very interested in my mp3
player so I let him listen to it. Luckily at that moment I was
listening to some reggae and not Tool or Infected Mushroom or some
other weird shit. He took off to the front of the bus and I could see
him every once in awhile with the headphones on. After a few hours I
did begin to wonder if I'll ever get it back but he returned it to me
and asked me how much I want for it. I made up some story that I forgot
the charger back in Finland so it would be useless to him once it runs
our of batteries.

The bus drove through a national park so we
actually got a little taste of safari. We saw monkeys, zebras, and
impalas. Mari says she saw giraffes but I didn't so I guess that means
that I'm... well... blind...  Nothing special in Iringa in itself, but
in the evening we met a Icelandic guy who told us that he saw a weird
car close by that said "Finland to Cape Town" on it, so we set out to
look for it and what a sight it was. After a few minutes of staring at
the car we decided to leave a message on the windshield but then the
clerk of the nearby guesthouse came out and asked what we were doing.
We asked for the owners and she said they're inside at the bar. We went
in and there, in the middle of Tanzania, in a run down bar, sat two
Finnish men having some beers. Apparently Jouni and Jarmo set out on
the 7th of April to see the world cup (one of them at least). They're
driving all the way to Cape Town and will then try to auction the car
and give the money to charity. They even have a website
(www.wcmatka.fi) and a facebook page. We ended up having a few beers
with them and they told us of their journey and got me really excited
about visiting Ethiopia some day. We'll try to hook up again in Malawi
since they're going to be there at around the same time as us.

Iringa
doesen''t seem like a place of much interest to us so we're setting out
to Mbeya tomorrow. Only this time we're thinking of hitch-hiking.
Taking the bus has become too easy (and expencive) and I think this'll
be more interesting.

Oh, I almost forgot. Mari The Mzungu
scared the living crap out of a little boy today. He took one look at
her and ran behind his mom crying non stop. I wanted to go and tell him
he should see her when she doesen't have a tan. I just wanted to
mention that, because indeed, she can be scary at times
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