Learning All the Things
18
Dec
Checking Out a Spice Tour in Zanzibar!
Travel

Zanzibar is world-renowned as “the spice island” and as such, spice tours are one of the highlight activities for many travelers who make their way here. I *love* flavorful food, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go on a spice tour myself! I was picked up punctually at 9am and at around 9:10, […]

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12
Dec
My City Tour in Stone Town Experience
Travel

My first day in Zanzibar started with a very exciting Ferry ride from Dar Es Salaam, which you can read about here. After debarking from the ferry, I was scooped up by a desk attendant from The Pyramid Hotel, where I had pre-booked for two nights. He whisked me off on a short but dizzying […]

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9
Dec
Taking the Ferry from Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar
Travel

Before we get started, in case you’re looking for some trip context, I touched on this briefly in two previous posts, so check out: One Day in Dar Es Salaam Taking a Long-Haul Bus from Arusha to Dar Es Salaam Now that that’s settled, let’s talk about the ferry! When I was in my hotel in […]

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8
Dec
Traveling & Working Out – The Reality
Travel, Workout

For those of you who know me in my regular life, you know that I’m always doing something active. Whether it’s derby at least twice per week, lifting 2-3 days a week, or some other yoga or Zumba type class… one of my favorite pastimes is moving. When I was thinking about this trip, one […]

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8
Dec
One Day in Dar Es Salaam
Travel

For some reason, I have always been fascinated with Dar Es Salaam – I can’t even recall how far back the fascination reaches! I’m not 100% clear on how it all began, but I do know that what has always stuck in my mind about the city is that the name, Dar Es Salaam, or […]

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7
Dec
Pop-Culture Swahili — What’s the Deal?
Travel

Before coming to Tanzania, I’d never really been immersed in any country where Swahili is the dominant language. People *do* speak English here, but more often than not, you’re going to hear Tanzanians chatting with one another in Swahili over English. That said, it *also* never occured to me that several popular movies actually *used* […]

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6
Dec
Taking a Long-Haul Bus from Arusha to Dar Es Salaam
Travel

If you need to travel from Arusha to Dar Es Salaam, there are two main options. You can either fly or you can take a long-haul bus. Flights run, on average, $150 USD for a one way flight. You’ll also need cab fare to the airport, which, depending on your negotiation skills, can run you […]

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5
Dec
Sometimes, Things Go to Hell in a Handbasket
Real Life, Travel

Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely LOVE traveling, and I adore traveling solo because I can do what I want, when I want it, and it’s challenging and rewarding and wonderful. Sometimes, though, being a single, female traveler and having to deal with everything that comes along with that really, REALLY grinds my gears. I […]

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5
Dec
Visiting Chemka Hot Springs from Arusha
Travel

Chemka Natural Springs…what is there to say except that it is absolute paradise? While it’s much easier to get to Chemka from Moshi, going from Arusha after a safari is totally doable! You can either charter a taxi/guide privately (or with a small group of course) or take the bus. I ended up chartering the […]

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3
Dec
Safari in Serengeti & Ngorogoro Crater w/ 7Wonders
Travel

Even though I arrived in Arusha, the literal FIRST order of business was to immediately go on Safari to Serengeti & Ngorogoro. I had pre-arranged everything through one of my friends from the Girls Who Travel Facebook group, so I was all set and ready to go! That said, the Serengeti/Ngorogoro Safari was nothing if […]

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