Flickering lights in Dar es Salaam

2015-06-25

After the 14 hour long trip from Arusha to Dar es Salaam we just wanted to relax and have a bit too eat. We arrived at Safari Inn late in the evening, a scruffy looking hotel smooshed into an alley. It was booked shortly before the trip under the mantra ‘as cheap as possible’. And well, we got what we paid for. As you can see in the video, the lights were flickering and making sounds in mine and Henrik’s room. Felt like an electrocution to happen, so no shower for us. Another room smelled of mold and was switched for new room. Cockroaches ran around in a third room and bugs crawled around on the walls throughout the place in general. Don’t even get me started on the “breakfast”. But, guess the experience builds character at least?

A general rule when out eating in a city you never been in before is to go where the locals are eating. If there is a crowd somewhere, the chance is that place has some good food. For some reason we didn’t follow this advice at all, the places we ended up at was empty. It was a Pakistani restaurant near the hotel, it was late and we didn’t want to walk any further in the dark. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a restaurant with worse service. Half of us didn’t get what we ordered, some didn’t even get any food at all. Some ordered vegetarian dishes, and got meat. When after 40 minutes we still hadn’t received our food (or well, some had) we complained and all of a sudden we hear a microwave in the kitchen and we had our food a couple of minutes later. After all this all we could do was too laugh.

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