Killing Time in Kigoma

When we woke up this morning it was pissing down rain, so we just sat in bed reading until noon when it was time to get food. We went into town for lunch, then since the rain had subsided we sat by the lake drinking beer all afternoon. I ended up going to bed at 4:00 p.m. as I had food poisoning from eating a bad samosa for lunch. Totally ill, but just another one of those trials and tribulations of travelling in a Third World country. I do remember hearing that the truck had finally arrived at about eight o’clock that evening, but I was way too sick to go out and see what was going on.

It turned out that the road around the lake was rained out and so muddy that the truck continued to get bogged down in the mud. If Jim, Tom and Mike hadn’t decided to skip the boat the truck would probably still be down there somewhere! They’d been bogged in the deep mud for over seven hours before they could get the truck free.

16th December 1992, Kigoma, Tanzania –

With the truck’s arrival our tour began to take shape again. Today was a bit slow as everyone (save the ones who’d arrived the evening before) was sick of Kigoma. We applied for our Burundi visas and ended up just hanging around the hotel bar drinking and killing time. We were supposed to be heading to Burundi the next morning and we were all well more than ready to leave.

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