April 14, 2003


I arrived in Tanga saturday around 1PM and found my way to where Wies and Saskia were staying. We went on the beach on the afternoon (sorry guys, no pictures ) and spent the evening at the local swimming club restaurant (good and cheap food !). Overall, Tanzania is cheaper than Kenya for many things (for the records, roughly 1KSh = 13Tsh or $1 = 1000TSh).

Wies and Saskia have been VERY nice and took care of me the whole week-end and they have only been there for a week. On Sunday morning we have been to the Church (I was not really THAT motivated but well...what women want... and that was great especially the choral in swahili). In the afternoon, we have been to Amboni caves with rented bikes (150TSh/hour). Some passages in the caves are claimed to go all the way through Mombasa, and Kilimanjaro and there is total darkness so you'd better go with a guide !

To quote:
These are natural limestone underground caves formed during the natural Jurassic age around 150 millions ago. There are 10 caves, with fascinating chambers, the longest is about 900m long. One of the caves is used for guided tours, some are up to 13 meters high. They form the most extensive cave system in East Africa.

The caves have religious significance to the local people who pray and make offerings in one of the shrines. The caves are very dark inside and potentially lethal. There have been reports of fatalities incidents when people made the tour unguided.

Several stories about the cave are told on the cave tours. There is for example the story of two European ex-army officers. After World War II they tried to explore the caves, with heavy equipment and accompanied by a dog. They never returned, but their dog was found a few months later outside another cave. The dog was identified by its ID tag. What makes the story a spooky legend is the place where the dog was found: 400km away at the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro

On the evening Wies demonstrated her ability to cook and excellent chicken in the oven ! Wonderful dinner considering the lack of equipment/food in our place !

Note that I failed miserably at lunch trying to make pancakes (I'm blaming the equipment of course, mainly flour which looks like sand and I'm VERY frustrated !)

I'm trying right now to sort out the possibilities out there. I can fly from Tanga to Pemba for $55 via Coastal(albeit a weight surcharge due to my diving equipment as only 15kg is allowed) but I will be stuck in Pemba (No way to get cash from VISA either in Tanga and Pemba, see next article).

Posted by stephane at April 14, 2003 10:09 AM

on se demande bien pourquoi il y a un VERY devant nice et devant wies and saskia... mais enfin, si on pouvait avoir des images nous comprendrions surement mieux

et quand on ne sais pas faire des crepes on s'abstient ! - ah ! les hommes Ó la cuisine !!!


Posted by: sophie on April 14, 2003 05:55 PM

T'essayeras de faire des crepes avec de la farine de mais qui ressemble a du sable et on en reparle comique. Une fois trouvee la bonne farine ca va tout de suite mieux, confirmation de moi meme et des interessees vu ce qu'on s'est empifre hier soir et ce matin.

Posted by: stephane on April 15, 2003 09:28 AM

je suis sure qu'il n'y avait meme pas de nutella pour tartiner les crepes ! pffff....


Posted by: sophie on April 15, 2003 04:42 PM

De toute fašon, y'a qu'les bretonnes de vrai !!!

Ber, qui s'en est fait une orgie

Posted by: Ber on April 22, 2003 03:04 PM

Je n'ai pas vu de bretonnes dans le coin pour l'instant

Posted by: stephane on April 25, 2003 06:29 PM

Thank for info.

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