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Package wars are over.

I got my tent today. Two weeks waiting in the sweltering heat of Dar es Salaam. That rounds out all my loose ends. My laptop arrived a few days ago, something that has had me worried for a while as not only is it the value, but it has all my pictures and Counter Strike on it. The box of tourist stuff I sent home actually came in before the laptop and they said it would take up to six months. Now my tent. It has been a good couple of days. I won’t go into details, but I made a lot of phone calls and e-mails working on this stuff and it is good to be over. So far, only one package is MIA. I mailed a back up of my laptop from Bolivia, but they never arrived. Other than that, the mail system has been working. Not efficiently, but it is working. Now I have faith in it again and am willing to mail some more stuff. Thats me, fearless Steve. Need anything from Africa and have up to six months to wait, just let me know.

Tomorrow, I am off to Zanzibar, for what reason I don’t know. I know its going to be hot, and its an island, and its going to be expensive, but its one of those you gotta see it places, so off I go. Myself, I am looking forward to some cool weather, possibly in northern Tanzani. There, Kilimanjara (not climbing it $1000US), Moro… Crater, and the Serengeti. When I started to think about it, really all I am looking forward to is Ethiopia and Egypt. Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti, Erithrea, not so much. Oh well.

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6 responses to “Package wars are over.”

  1. Judy says:

    Hey Steve!

    Thanks for continuing to entertain me!! Your maps are just wonderful!! I did a pretty good job of printing out maps and tracing your adventures~~but I didn’t need to! I appreciate your efforts.

    I don’t suppose there’s any way I could get a little camera to you?? (I love the pictures.)

    Smooth sailing and cheers to you! judy

  2. snw2srf2stt says:


    Thanks, I’m still cruising. I am in the tourist zone now, so its smooth sailing. Not much different than hanging out in the VI. Actually, I am on Zanzibar Island which is very much like the VI.

    I am really enjoying the Moslem atmosphere here. Great food, chilled people, the 5am call to prayer, feeling safe, it’s much different with the Eastern influence.

    Be safe on the main land.


  3. snw2srf2stt says:

    Hello Judy.

    Not only the maps are done, but I fixed the older web pages as well that had those huge gaps at the beginning (depending if you are using Windows Explorer.) Got a good break while waiting for my tent in Dar Es Salaam so got plenty of web time.

    Don’t worry about the camera, my big one is dying as well, so I will use it until it dies and then pick up another small one. The only problem is that the small one I have an underwater case for so I either need to repair it or get another one even though they are like five years old.

    I am sending another box of tourist stuff when I get to Kenya. I’ll send something off for you. There’s masks, paintings, cloth, carvings, etc. Just let me know what you are interested in.


  4. snw2srf2stt says:

    Han Kim,

    Thanks for the props. I just got a message from a guy I met in Zambia also doing that “V” route through Africa. He is going from East to West. I don’t know, I think its just a bit too much Africa for me.

    Scabies actually rated pretty low on the discomfort level. A scratch here a scratch there. No worries about dying of Malaria, so they are just a pest living off of me. The dabbing with Raid Insect Killer seemed to do the job. Still something that I don’t advertise to other people, especially to women.

    September 2007? Where are you at? It took me that long just to make it up from the South to Tanzania.

    Well, good travels and keep reading,


  5. Dan says:

    Hey dude I just saw on the bootsnall homepage you are number 2 on their list of top 10 blogs. pretty good! keep on trucking and keep on scribbling

  6. snw2srf2stt says:

    Thanks Dan,

    I think it means I have too much free time and am spending too much on internet access.


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