On Thursday, mom and Aunt Amanda started packing their bags and I got super nervous. Usually suitcases mean that people are leaving and I’ll be all alone, but I had a happy surprise because they packed my bag too! We set off in Mr. Marcel’s car around 12:30 in the afternoon and mom said we should be in another town in Tanzania, called Arusha, by about 7:30 that evening. My godfather, Tito taxi-driver, told her that he drives that way all the time and it only takes him 7 hours. I was excited to drive because Tanzania is known for having cows everywhere along the roads and as you know, I LOVE COWS!
Mom showed me on a map, the way that we would drive from Mwanza to Arusha. It was hard for me to understand how it could take 7 hours to drive the length of my leg, but I assumed my mom knew what she was talking about.
So, we drove, and we drove. After about 2 hours, we stopped for a potty break.
Then we continued driving. And we drove, and we drove. Near Shinyanga we stopped at a store to buy more fuel for the car and also to get some drinks for the humans. Lucky for me there were 3 baby cows at the store and I got to hang out with all 3 of them. This was definitely the highlight of this part of the drive because playing with cows is way better than jumping around the car to see them for one second through the window.
Here’s a video of me playing with the cows: http://youtu.be/tcsHRlXr4OI
Around the time when mom thought we would have been to Arusha already, we realized that we actually weren’t very near to our destination. At this point, it was dark and there was lots of roadwork so we had to drive very, very slowly on the bumpy dirt roads. Lucky for me, mom brought my bed and put it in the back of the car so I could sleep, but the humans weren’t quite so lucky.
Eventually, around 12:30am we reached the Snowcrest Hotel in Arusha. That means that it took us 12 hours to reach Arusha! Two-legged Tito must drive really super fast if he is able to reach there in only 7 hours!