Dar Es Salaam, 17 Aug 2010
It was cold and damp with a hint of smoke in the air when I got off the plane in Nairobi. I was unprepared for the chill in the early morning air- it was still hot even though it was raining when i left Dakar last night. It never gets cold in Dakar. There is often less than a 10* F swing each day, so there is never any relief from the oppressive heat and humidity.
Kenya Airways was pretty good, better than many US Airways flights i have taken in the past, with amiable stewards and decent food. I really appreciated the hot towels at the beginning of each flight. Since the flight was half full, i was asked to move to an exit row and sat by myself for the overnight flight. We did stop for an hour in Abidjan to drop off and let on new passengers. So far none of the airports have had wifi- it would be nice since neither of my cell phones work here. I will have to acquire a new sim chip and buy some minutes.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania is a very different town from Dakar. It's cleaner, not as crowded, and they drive on the right side of the road. Even the cars are right hand drive, like in England. The weather is great- nice and cool since it's winter time and so far the people seem friendly. I like how the town is more spread out into neighborhoods instead of the harsh contrast of tall buildings in downtown Dakar surrounded by unfinished houses as far as the eye can see.