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Upon arriving in kilimanjaro we gathered our bags and met our hotel driver. There was a 45 minute drive ahead of us to Springlands Hotel which was located in Moshi. Luckily for us we didn’t have to haggle with any cab drivers this time since the pickup was included with the climb. The drive was good and it was just the two if us in an eight passenger van. It was during this time we caught our first glimpses of Africa’s tallest mountain we were about to climb!!

Kili!!!!

Kili!!!!

We got to the hotel and quickly began unpacking our bags and throwing all our stuff on the bed.

It's everywhere!

It’s everywhere!

After we got all settled in we went to dinner where there was a yummy buffet. The waiters at the hotel were very polite and super nice. One of them even ended up writing some basic Swahili words on a paper for us so we could start learning (it is the main language there). We ended up sitting and talking with him for a little while and then it was time to get some sleep. The next day, Thursday, was our day of leisure for Friday we start the hike! The hotel provided free guides for us if we wanted to go into Moshi which was only about a mile away. Lasse and I decided to do this and walked into town with our guide who’s nickname was ‘buffalo neck’. He was super nice and friendly and showed us around the whole town. The market was crazy there was food and people everywhere and every little space was being used. Dead fish were just piled up with flies swarming all around them, buckets of rice, and mounds of fruit. After walking around some, we found a place to sit down and snatch a picture.

A local in the Market

A local in the Market

the rest of the town wasn’t as crowded as the market and we were able to catch some good views of the town.

View of Moshi from the roof of one of the buildings

View of Moshi from the roof of one of the buildings

Also saw the main square/roundabout of the town. This was located at the center and is where the main roads converge.

The town square

The town square

And just for fun I got a picture overlooking Moshi.

Notice the Coca-Cola sign

Notice the Coca-Cola sign

Coca-Cola is everywhere in Africa. It is the most widely and consumed soft drink and yes it is made with real sugar and not that fake high fructose corn syrup. All in all we spent about 3 hours in town and were able to walk around the whole place and grab some lunch at a local restaurant.

Upon arriving back at the hotel we had a brief meeting about our hike and had to sign some papers which pretty much said we were signing our life away in case anything happened. The rest of the day we spent relaxing and sorting through the things we brought to decide what we needed on the mountain. Besides clothes and some snacks everything else went into the hotel storage and safety deposit box. We were all packed and ready to leave when 8am came around!

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