Day 6 - Down down down and out

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
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Trip End Jun 12, 2006


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Meru House Inn

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Saturday, March 4, 2006

Woke up to rain - we had certainly seen our fair share of rain on this trip! Poor Freidel didn't like the rain at all and she was having a tough time of things. Freidel and Markus were nice people but on the way down after hearing ya, ya, ya and the same story from her for a third time I was definitely looking forward to meeting some new people to socialize with! I was definitely looking forward to getting the video from Markus.

The trip down was back through the rainforest. I have to say I'm never a bit fan of the trip out - it usually spells the end of an adventure and some great experience. I usually want things to continue for a while longer.

We gave Julius our tip to share out amongst the porters, assistant guides, cook, assistant cook (10 people all together - some high end tours have 11 porters per person!). This was probably a good idea as there seemed to be a substantial amount of arguing and bitterness between who got what amounts.

The 60 mile trip back went through a lot of coffee plantations and was pretty uneventful apart from a near miss with a donkey. I don't think the brakes on our minibus were top notch and I'm glad there was no traffic coming the other way. Our driver ended up having to swerve to the other side of the road to avoid hitting this beast of burden. Not too sure what they all do but there seems to be donkeys all over the place in this part of the world.

Back to the Meru House Inn and before been there long the familiar power cuts came. It was certainly nice to get a warm shower though and pass on some of the wet cloths for the laundry folk to take care of.

Went to the Noble Restaurant for a nice Indian meal, probably one of the best meals we'd had since leaving England. I was surprised to see they charged 10% extra for take-out. Thinking about it though it does make sense, due to all the extra packaging that gets used. It doesn't seem to work this way in the West though!
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arintoul
arintoul on

leeds
looks like your boys might be back up top next season :)

Paul Deakin on

Sounds like you had a great trip to hike Kilimanjaro. Now you have done an expedition to climb Mount Kilimanjarowhy not trek to base camp at Everest?

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