Finally I arrived to Dar es Salaam to receive someone; guess who came to visit me: Mom!
So my mother came to visit me, we met in Dar es Salaam which is not such a touristic city and then we took a bus to Moshi the next day. On the bus we saw how people get on the sides of the bus to sell food every time it stops on a town. They showed a movie about two siblings living with their uncle in a typical Swahili village; the plot is that the uncle is paying for study tuition fees for the boy but not for the girl because he thinks it’s a waste of time and money to send a girl to school, so she starts making his life impossible until he agrees on sending her to study (the movie is called Uncle JJ).
Moshi is the closest town to Mount Kilimanjaro, but unfortunately we could not see it because the weather didn’t allow it. To climb it takes several days. So we went around Moshi area. The highlight was the Hot Spring about two hours away from the city. It’s kind of an oasis with warm water and fishes that exfoliate the skin off your feet; it tickles!
As I get to know Tanzania I get disappointed on the way some people almost harass you on the streets to sell you things. Some times they follow you for up to 10 minutes even if you politely tell them you don’t want to buy anything. Once, when we were taking a bus to Arusha, a guy was insisting we took the one from the company he was working for and even stood up in front of us, not letting us get to the bus we wanted to take. Another guy argued with him until the first one moved away. Also, we always need to check with other people what they pay for transport, entrances, etc.; many times they tell you a higher price because they see you are a tourist. I do not know what kind of tourists they’ve had here so far but apparently most of them just throw money away.
However, we never felt there was danger or somebody wanted to steal from us even though I walked alone at night many times, which is more important. Even more, my mother was not bothered and very happy.
So after two days we moved on to Arusha to start a Safari the next day. Stay tuned for more!