Tanzania

From Cape Town I started to plan my next destination, but where to go? To be honest, I was a little intimidated by the rest of the Africa. Not taking anything away from Cape Town, I love that city, but South Africa is a country that's much more developed and westernized compared to the rest of continent. South Africa was taking the easy way out, the path most traveled. I mean, come on, I just did a video of a wine tour.

I knew I had to explore another African country or I'd be cheating myself. I started my typical process of google imaging destinations/events for inspiration, balancing cost & safety, and asking myself if I knew anyone in the area in case things got hairy. After a couple days of wrestling with options, I kept replaying a "hand-shake" agreement I had with Caroline, a former employee at JackThreads. It wasn't a contractual agreement, probably just two people trying to be polite. You see, after her summer of 15' graduation, she was moving back to her home in Dar es Salaam and I was traveling the world. It was set, I would have to stop by and say hello (thinking to myself that this would never happen).

As I began to research Tanzania, I realized just how impressive the country is. I was sold on TZ and had to go see it, and say hello to Caroline of course. 

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From the moment I arrived in Dar es Salaam, Caroline and her father looked after me. They treated me like family, genuinely cared about my wellbeing and happiness. They pretty much guaranteed that I would leave Tanzania wanting to come back, and I do. My experiences in TZ were so much more rich because of their friendship and the level of access they afforded me. This mzungu will be forever grateful. 

Caroline (middle), her father Mr.  Kyabukoba and his wife. 

Caroline (middle), her father Mr. Kyabukoba and his wife. 

A view from my hotel in Dar. 

A view from my hotel in Dar. 

A Massai man taking in the views. There are more than 120 tribes in Tanzania. The first president of Tanzania "ended" tribalism, a policy that is said to be working. That doesn't mean you stop being who you are, it just means that it shouldn't impact the unity of the country. 

A Massai man taking in the views. There are more than 120 tribes in Tanzania. The first president of Tanzania "ended" tribalism, a policy that is said to be working. That doesn't mean you stop being who you are, it just means that it shouldn't impact the unity of the country. 

Goat with veggies, beans, greens + ugali (maze = carbs) 

Goat with veggies, beans, greens + ugali (maze = carbs) 

My new favorite drink. It taste a lot like vodka. 

My new favorite drink. It taste a lot like vodka. 

My friend Danny from California by way of Soul. He and I had some great dinner time discussions.  

My friend Danny from California by way of Soul. He and I had some great dinner time discussions.