Sunday, September 30, 2007
We weren't able to get a seat on the bus from Arusha direct to Dar es Salaam, so we ended up stopping in Moshi on the way. Moshi is a bustling little town at the base of Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak. It's home to the local Chagga people, but also has a strong Asian influence, as evidenced by the Hindu temple and many mosques in the center of town. The streets are filled with men and women sitting behind antique sewing machines crafting brightly patterned cloth into dresses and suits and there is a colorful market in the town center. It was a nice place to pass the day, and although we didn't climb Kili, we did enjoy its name-sake beer at sunset within its view. Close enough.