joejlitz wrote: Nfl Fan wrote: biju wrote:
Anyone ever been to Tanzania or Zanzibar? I'm heading there in two days and extremely excited. We've booked a safari already for Tanzania, but I haven't really seen anything on Zanzibar yet and I'm wondering if there's going to be something I'll miss and regret.
No, but it sounds pretty exciting. Send pics!
Biju - how was it?
Me and the fam are in Myrtle Beach for the week. Got in last night and had a great time today at the beach. The kids had a blast building sand castles and then playing with the Ben 10 action figures in and around the castles and castle walls. Throw in a moat and the kids were in heaven. Saw some very large and dead jelly fish on the beach last night, but didn't really have to worry about them today, thank goodness.
I had to tell my son it was like Dory from Nemo and he could bounce off the top if he wanted. I then stepped on it as I chased my 2 year old and kidded with my wife and told her she had to pee on my foot. My 4-year old wanted to know why?
Sorry folks, I've been super busy with everything and have only had enough time to check Leftovers.
Tanzania and our safari was amazing. It sounds funny, but it's really different seeing the animals in their habitat instead of a zoo. We had a couple of close encounters as well, including an elephant that came within inches of the jeep--the guide was quite worried which made us nervous for sure. And for the record, if you ever get a chance to go to the Ngorongoro Crater you should do it
. It was something we will never forget for sure.
Zanzibar was a different story however. There were a couple of things that made it tough on us we weren't counting on. First, there was an African music festival that brings people from all around the world (Sauti Za Busara). Really cool but that meant our lack of planning hotels (we like to travel loose just in case something strikes our fancy) equated to us changing hotels 4 times in 7 days. Not awesome. Another piece of it was during their summer it gets so hot that the mainland transformer blew and that means the entire island is either dark or runs on generators. That means our peaceful island getaway had the buzzing sound of generators, the smell of gasoline every time we were in a restaurant, and the price of everything was up accordingly.
Not as peaceful as we expected.
Regardless we soldiered through it and we had a great time, although if we had to do it again we would make sure they had fixed their power problems. I'll make sure to keep that in mind the next time we head to a 3rd world country. But that's the fun of these types of trips: you learn things.
Here's the picture set from the trip:http://www.flickr.com/photos/mharjo/sets/72157623359881429/
For those of you who are camera geeks, please note that this was my first attempt to use a DSLR (Nikon D90) so the pictures at the beginning aren't nearly as good as the ones where I started to figure out how to use it. Now after a few months of reading Scott Kelby and Bryan Peterson's books I know what I was doing wrong with the rest of them.
We're now planning our next trip in September: Oktoberfest (the 200 year anniversary) and Rome!