Tickets to Nowhere

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We raced to the Air Tanzania office first thing in the morning to see if there was a bus to the airport for our mid-morning flight. They told us the next flight wasn't until Saturday and it was only Wednesday. Their agent in Dar had booked us on a flight that didn't exist. Had we known, we could have taken a four day safari instead of two.


Our original plan was to travel overland on the Serengeti Plain into Kenya but we were told that seven people had died from cholera, closing that border. The British Airways office in Dar-e-Salaam had informed us that Kenya required entry from a third country and our options were either Rwanda or Uganda. With the latter still in turmoil in the wake of Idi Amin's brutal regime, we had chosen Rwanda with this stopover in Arusha.


Though our modest room at the Arusha Youth Hostel was suitable for bunking, Scott and I spent the remaining afternoons pool-side at the New Arusha Hotel. Its spacious, manicured lawns and colorful gardens provided a fine setting for basking in the tropical sun. When the rains fell, we moved to the inside bar to write post cards and sip Coca Cola.

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