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Day 58, Dar es Salaam....

A very slow morning after last night's hilarity getting Cookie and his money home. We were late to exit our room after a big cereal feed. We walked the town - going to the bank, seaside markets, and British Council to catch some news. Our taxi ride to the train station with Kev and Kim was slow and hot. Dar was very humid, a real mix of class, and more influenced by Arab and Asian settlers. Our sleeper train was welcome comfort - six to a compartment, triple bunks, slow but reliable. Cookie and I made more sandwiches for tea, had a beer in first class lounge before early turn in. "Jambo", hello. "Hakuna matata", no problem.

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Day 57, Dar es Salaam

Our simple ferry trip provided a comfy nights' sleep and docked at Dar - 6.00 am. Cookies and I decided to stay a night to allow chores to be done. After dropping our packs off at Pop Inn we visited education office to certify our false ISIC cards (and dropped into State Hs!) All afternoon was spent looking to gain a Visa advance - only one travel agent would allow it at a bad FX rate. Also spent two hours on email. We braved the humidity again with Kev to visit casinos. At our third casino Cookie completed his windfall ($600!) while me and Kev fluttered on pokies and scrounged beers. Cookie crashed with his windfall under his pillow. Excellent night!

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Day 56, Stone Town - Dar es Salaam

Our morning was very inactive after a late night. Cookie filed his Police report (with some coercion) while we read, booked our train and wandered town. We were even more indecisive than usual wandering the maze of alleyways. We all visited the uninteresting fort before shopping all stalls that were mostly closed for siestas. It was very hot and humid. Our overnight ferry was very comfortable in the air conditioned VIP lounge on large mattresses. Zanzibar was provider of enjoyable, fun, relaxing week thanks to sun, sea and booze. But not too many Muzungu's befriended.

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Day 55, Stone Town

Attempted to postpone our spice tour - but to no avail. Ended up okay though, since we didn't miss any festivities that were occurring due to Ramadan ending. Tour was educational. We drove east and viewed/tasted many fruits, spices and learnt flowers, tree types. A local climbed a 20 metre coconut tree and fed us the yummy milk and interior. Drove to beach and saw historical slave cave before spicy rice lunch. Upon our mid-afternoon return, we wandered town, had a quiet beer and decided to stay another day. Ate nice snacks at festival celebrations and Cookie got pickpocketed amongst crowds. More beers at Pichey's.

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Day 54, Nungwi - Stone Town

Bit of a struggle to get our breakfast and board our boat before 9.00 am. At least our guides were more organised. We dozed during out 90 minute cruise to Mnemba Atoll. Our first dive lasted one hour and was most enjoyable. The fish varieties were plentiful and colours amazing. We did a second snorkel session at another popular coral reef spot before a fruit lunch and our return trip through the two tone - blue clear waters - sailing a short leg. An excellent trip but arduous in our jaded states. Scored a van trip back to Stone Town and booked into Riverman Hotel again. Wandered through the alleys to bay area and ate at local market. One beer.

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