2013
12.22

Its been 5 months since we FINALLY crossed into East Africa. So this blog is WAY overdue (much like the theme for our worldcupandup trip).

Getting into Tanzania is a big milestone for us as far as geography goes. We’ve almost made it to the equator. In terms of time taken to “almost” get to the equator – its not impressive.

We’ve had mixed emotions about entering East Africa and mainly because we would be leaving behind the familiarity of Southern Africa, our home for the last 3 years. But saying goodbye and hello in the same breath has become the norm for us. So as quickly as we bid adieu to the bottom half of Africa we were warmly welcomed into the East – in Swahili of course: “Karibu”.

Tanzania has managed to overwhelm us so much, that after 5 months it is only now that we have managed to stop and look back on our time here.

We spent the first 2 months of Tanzania travelling through the beautiful Southern highlands and the wild west. Travelling on dirt roads for hours and escaping Tanzanias tourism.

In our third month in Tanzania we travelled with 3 young excitable cousins on a roundtrip from North to South. Showing them a mix of what Tanzania had to offer and introducing them to the worldcupandup lifestyle – camping, 2 minute noodles and squat toilets.

After a quick visa run into Malawi we were back in Tanzania tour guide mode attempting to impress Nicks parents with all the joys of Africa. Lucky for us (and for them), we spared them the worldcupandup hospitality, spending most nights in beds and eating meals in four walled restaurants.

And then, after driving 14000km through one VERY large African country and entertaining 5 visiting guests, we slept for three days.

Soooo….over the last month Nick and I have found a place to settle down and unpack the backpacks. For now.

We’ve pulled together some form of normality, leasing an apartment, grocery shopping once a week and working.

It’s a novelty for us. And we’re enjoying having a fridge that doesn’t need to be filled with frozen ice blocks and a stove that doesn’t have to be taken off the roof of our car to be cooked on.

It’s a strange life but we’re enjoying it.

And of course, we wouldn’t be doing this unless we were.

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  1. asante sana tanzania!
    marvelous chocolate in the frigdge, good job :D