Two Nights in Mbeya

Trip Start Jan 10, 2006
Trip End Jun 02, 2006

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Tuesday, April 4, 2006

From Karonga, it was less than an hour to the border. Then it was three or four hours to Mbeya. We drove through mountains of tea. I met Mr. Paul Banda on the bus, who bought me some fruits I never knew existed with dark red-purple juice. I don't remember what they are called, but it translates to "blood fruit." They taste like watermelon candy. He also showed me all around Mbeya town, to a nice lodge, to the bus station (where he works), to where the email's at, to trade money on the black market, to find some reggae tapes, and to a great local restaurant for dinner, all for a $2 dinner and a beer. He's one of those "angels" that Frank was always talking about in his manuscript. On our way back from dinner we saw a rainbow in pink sunset. Today I had chicken and ugali (nsima, sadza, pup, all the same corn mush) with him and his sister at her home.

Internet is cheap in Tanzania, less than a dollar per hour, sometimes 50 cents. I made contact with Prosper, my Dar es Salaam contact, via phone. He said to call when the bus gets in. I was going to take the train, but the bus is faster and cheaper.

But today I missed the bus, partly because my watch was set to Malawi time and partly because my wake-up call never came. I'll take the same bus tomorrow for a small "missed the bus" fee. So, make that two nights in Mbeya.
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