Please Note:  Most of our last day in Tanzania was spent on the road driving from Ngorongoro Crater back to Arusha.  We made a few last stops on the way.  Many of the photos accessed from this page were taken from the window of a speeding Toyota Land Cruiser.  Many are not sharp or clean pictures but I thought they added to the views of the area.  Barbara and I tried to capture everyday life as it sped past our windows.  Many of the included pictures have no captions.  They were a drive by and I have no more information than you would have by just looking at the photo. If I have something to say I do add a caption.   Peace, John 6/29/2012 6:30am Meet for our last breakfast as a tour group.  Many fond memories, but we are very sad to see our ‘trip of a lifetime’ come to an end. 6/29/2012 7am Final pack and bags out of the room ready to head back to the real world. 6/29/2012 7:30am Luggage and people loaded and ready to go.  We start the drive back to Arusha. We saw: young boys hanging out at one of the souvenir shops, pied crows, face-painted Maasai men, “the rich also cry” was a comment made about the Tanzanian Secretary of Parks having to change his own tire on the side of the road. 6/29/2012 8:40am We are at the entrance/exit gate (Rhino Gate) for Ngorongoro and the Serengeti.  Time for a quick stop for the drivers to do paperwork and the rest to use the bathroom and one last look around. 6/29/2012 9:10am We stop at a store.  Guess you can never stop at too many souvenir shops.  This one is all t-shirts.  Some of the shirts were interesting, but almost all of them were the iron-on-transfer type.  That style seems to fade and peel way too easy so we didn’t buy anything. 6/29/2012 9:35am As I said in the last paragraph, “Guess you can never stop at too many souvenir shops.”  More??? 6/29/2012 11:40am Okay.  I said it twice, I’m not going to say it again.  We stop at the same large souvenir store we stopped at on the way in (where I bought tanzanite earrings for Barbara).  Walk around, debating buying more.  Resisted the urge. 6/29/2012 12:30pm An issue I haven’t mentioned in this rambling diary is that we bought so many souvenirs, mostly hand carved wooden animals, that we didn’t know if we had the room or weight allowance to bring them home on the airplanes.  In Arusha, not far from our hotel, we stopped in an attempt to ship them home.  We wanted to use a carrier we at least knew (UPS, FedEx…).  The UPS store had moved and the place was now a name none of us knew so we had to carry everything back with us in our luggage.  We ended up having to leave some stuff in Africa to make room for our souvenirs. 6/29/2012 12:50pm Get back to Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha.  We have use of a “day room”.  That is a normal hotel room that is available to us until it is time for us to leave for the airport later in the day.  After our bags are brought to our rooms we join Sallyann and Fred for one last meal in Africa.  Lunch is included with the day room. Barbara and I spend the next 3 hours packing and repacking our luggage.  Each time we decide to leave more stuff behind and try to fit what we need/want to keep in with the souvenirs.  Some of the souvenirs were quite fragile and that was also a major consideration.  We finally did get the souvenirs and some clothes to fit in the suitcases and within the weight limits. 6/29/2012 5pm In hotel lobby to say goodbye to Robert and give him everything we couldn’t bring back with us.  We hope he can use most of it at his orphanage.  I think we left almost as much behind as we carried with us. 6/29/2012 8:40pm We are on the plane and in the air headed for Amsterdam.  Our African ‘trip-of-a-lifetime’ is over.  I guess it is time to start thinking about our next adventure! Safari Companies: Early on during the trip Barbara noticed the huge number of safari companies.  Almost all of the safari vehicles we saw were Toyota Land Cruisers.  Each Land Cruiser had two spare tires on the back and each spare tire had a cover.  All but a couple had the name of a tour agency along with a logo.  It was entertaining to look for new safari companies.  Barbara started taking photos of the spare tire covers or the doors (if that is where the logo was).  I helped if I didn’t think Barbara saw the vehicle.  The following photos are of the different companies and logos.  By no means did we see them all or even manage to get photos of all that we saw. I hope you enjoyed looking at our African vacation.  We had a great time.  Globus, the tour director and drivers far exceeded our expectations.  If you are thinking about a trip like this I can’t recommend the Globus tour we took enough. Peace, John & Barbara
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