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Trip Start May 19, 2011
Trip End Jun 19, 2011

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Where I stayed
Springlands Hotel Moshi
Read my review - 3/5 stars

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

My feet hurt, my ass hurts, my legs hurt, my hips hurt... and it's not only mine by the looks of things when I step out of the room to meet the others... we are all walking around looking like we've been through 10 rounds each with Mike Tyson. At least we know there's someone else out there who can feel our pain. Nicki has a blister the size of a five rand coin on her heel. Heaven alone knows where she found the strength to continue marching down the mountain yesterday. That must've been hell!!

The boys stack up their breakfast plates like it's their last meal... or even their first for that matter. Yesterday we were knackered by the time we walked into the hotel, today we all feel like it's been worth it. We've woken up in a bed, when WE wanted to, and the best thing about it is that we don't have to go anywhere we don't want to. 

We look at all the "newbies" in a different light now. Previously we were excited!! We were excited to climb the mountain, we were excited to share it with the others that were doing it... asking what route they were doing, how many people in the group etc. Today we're grateful!! We're grateful that we've all successfully completed the hike, grateful that we are not those newbies, that it's not us who will be setting out the following morning to start climbing Kili all over again... We have been enlightened, the hard way of course, but it means we won't be doing THAT again, or at least, not any time in the near future. Shaun vows that even if anyone offers to pay for his trip again, there is no way he'll ever climb the mountain again. Kili has been ticked off his bucket list, and most like ours for that matter.

We head out to Moshi town again, this time we catch a bus from the hotel. However, this time we also have a guide with us, Elijah. We didn't ask him to accompany us, and initially I was annoyed that he had appointed himself to join us as it feels like everyone's in for a quick buck, but he was great. And after a while I warmed to him and really enjoyed having him lead the way. We visited some of the curio shops we'd seen before and some shops we hadn't. He took us to quite a few places that we wouldn't have found otherwise. Henny was keen for a pair of sandals made out of tyres. Shaun wanted his Conyagi (only to drop one and smash one of the bottles on the street - at least he had the empathy of all the onlookers). Henny and I had a few dollars to spare so did a fair bit of shopping of our own. The Tanzanian people are incredibly talented with their hands. The artwork is fantastic! Their sculptures are amazing. The cloth that they sell is also so beautiful. I just wish I had a creative mind and could see the possibilities of what I could use or make with that wish I could buy and I'd have bought a fair amount more of what was at hand. There's quite a creative leather industry around the area and there are wonderful leather creations available to be bought. One shop had the most amazing lamps. I would love to describe them, but like I say... a creative void over here. 

For lunch we stopped at a restaurant called Deli Chez (delicious) which had the largest selection of items on a menu I've ever seen. I wasn't disappointed though, my lamb curry was definitely deli-chez!

Being our last night together, back at the hotel we felt the need to celebrate our achievements and the Conyagi started flowing. A little too much I realised the next morning...

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