(Tanzania) Going to Dar es Salaam, the biggest city in Tanzania

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I am going to Dar es Salaam, largest and richest city, serving as a regionally important economic centre.

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18th ~ 23rd July 2013
I’ve stayed at two European houses in Morogoro. One of them wants to make Kimchi. I’ve never made it before, because kimchi is mother’s stuff. My host has some recipe which she got from other Korean long time ago. I also research some other recipe on the internet.
Actually it is not the same way my mom made. But here is Africa! So, just we make Kimchi easiest way.
http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/yangbaechu-kimchi
(This site will help you! This is run by Korean who has lived in the U.S for long time that she speaks English.)

 

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Taste… is… oh…
This Kimchi is the hottest Kimchi ever I’ve eaten. Even it is too hot to eat for Korean! We didn’t have Korean hot pepper flakes that we just put some spicy pepper ground.  I guess after a few weeks, it will less hotter. Anyway it is my first time to make Kimchi. My mom will be proud of me. She might say like this “Now, you can get married!”

 

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24th July 2013
My body is not good today although I was off for a week, but anyway I am again on a bike. There are usually two jobs, to write journal or to cycle a bike.
After 20 km (13 mi), there is some Korean word! I am so curious that what this is? I guess it would be KOICA (Korea International Cooperate Agency). I just cycle a bit to village, but it is too dirty road that I give up going into village.

 

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I try to set up my tent at local people house. But people are too conservative that it is complicating. I have to get permit from chief of the town. Later they let me set up tent. But they ask to show my passport. I’ve slept hundreds of people’s house in Americas. But people never asked my passport. But in Africa, although they are too poor, sometimes they want to check my passport. I am wondering that what they are afraid of?
Police come to me as well. I have been asked and written my name and more things on paper.

 

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25th July 2013
I love cloud when it is too hot. Today the weather is perfect that there is cloud all over the sky!

 

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It is my lunch which is made of fried chips and eggs for 2000 Tsh (1.3$.). I feel so hard today. Many of Tanzanian Street men are too rude at the way to Dar (Too much hassle and harass).

 

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I always do my best to stop one or two hours before the sunset. But I couldn’t find a hotel I want that I just keep cycling until 7 pm. I only cycle on the main road that I am sure that I won’t kidnapped.
Finally I find a cheap and nice hotel. It is 20,000 Tsh (13$), but there is fan and air conditional! What a nice!

 

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26th July 2013
Here Dar es Salaam is! Though Dar es Salaam lost its official status as capital city to Dodoma in 1974 (a move not completed until 1996), it remains the locus of the permanent central government bureaucracy, continuing to serve as the capital of the surrounding eponymous region.

 

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There are too many touts. I checked information on internet before that Flying horse is the cheapest. But every tout tells me that they are selling it. When I go there, the price is more expensive than what I expect. Later I find the office of Flying horse. It is located at the last and yellow building.

 

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I buy ferry ticket to Zanzibar for 34,000 Tsh (20$). It will take over three hours. I didn’t know that I buy VIP ticket. They only sell foreigner VIP ticket. But actually I don’t feel I am VIP customer. VIP room has air conditional, but I stay at a deck to watch my luggage.

 

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Finally after a few hours, I am close to Zanzibar Island. It is so surprising that the style of architecture is totally different from any other place I’ve been in Africa.

 

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I am wondering what kind of the secret the island keeps?

 

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Information
In Dar es salaam
Cyprus Hotel.
It is the left site on the main road // It is tall building// It is 6 km (4 mi) before port. //Air conditional, fan, clean but noise 20,000 Tsh (13$)

Ticket to Zanzibar
Every day 12 pm, 20$ (34,000 Tsh), It takes over 3 hs to Zanzibar.
Office, yellow color, is at the front of port (The last office at the right)
From Zanzibar to Dar
Departure 10 pm. Arriving 6am at the next day.

There are more expensive tickets 35$. It is nicer and takes less times. It has many different schedules for departure.


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  • I remember I flew to Zanzibar with Coastal Airlines four years ago. It took 35 minutes and 70$ from Dar es Salaam. There was no security check at the airport and you could sit next to the pilot in the plane.

    • Hello Stef,
      The price doesn’t look expensive! I think from Dar es Salaam to Arusha is cheap as well.
      Thanks for sharing your experience! :)
      Jin

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