August 3rd, 2011

tanzania

Part 8: The Snake Farm and Stranded in Paradise.

Saturday morning we relaxed and then went to a restaurant right outside the gate of the university for lunch.  It's where a lot of the students can get a quick, delicious, affordable meal.   You can get pilau, I got rice and beef stew, and sometimes they have french fries.  Everyone called the restaurant Delicious which I never did figure out if that was the actual name or was just called that because of the "Delicious" Coca Cola sign outside.  Anyhow you can get a filling plate of yummy food for the equivalent of about 75 cents.

A random note... actually everywhere we went in Tanzania there were Coca Cola signs, or red plastic Coca Cola table and chairs, Coca cola billboards, even Coca Cola written on the face of the clock towers in towns.  You can get coke, sprite, or fanta (which my kids consumed a lot of I admit) in most all restaurants in glass bottles which you leave there as they are turned back in for deposit and reused.  Most of the bottled water we drank was called "Kilimanjaro" but is distributed by Coke.  Coke sells millions of these plastic bottles in TZ but didnt build a recycling plant for those so who knows where those end up.  Many Tanzanians are newer to dealing with packaged products and are starting to learn about not just throwing trash on the ground but to help keep the environment clean.

After lunch we decided to go visit a nearby Snake and Reptile farm just for something to do.  There is a small one near the entrance to Arusha National Park.  We piled into Tom and Daris's car and headed out the main road for a few miles and then up a hill on an endless bumpy rutty dirt road.  About the time we were wondering if we had gone the right way, we saw the sign for the snake park and headed in.  We had a lot of fun checking out lots of different reptiles.



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