Made it to Moshi, which is at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The ride involved some snags, including my being told that I was on the wrong bus… and also that I wasn’t paid up when I actually got on the right bus (but they only told me that when I got to Tanzania). But I know enough now to just wait and let things play out before I freak out. The Kenyans seem to take care of things behind the scenes, which is disconcerting to an American, but I’m learning to trust and LET GO.
I’m at my hotel in Moshi. It is really nice here. This is the first time I’ve felt just FINE with having a somewhat luxurious environment. I don’t feel like leaving. I just want to sit in the pretty place before I have to work really hard in the next few days.
I took a risk and didn’t buy much gear in Nairobi. I came a day early, so that I have two days in Moshi. This gave me opportunities to find gear in the rental room at the hotel. It turns out I only bought boots, but it turned out okay. All the things I’ve rented: sleeping bag, waterproof jacket, waterproof pants, down jacket, gloves, glove liners, backpack cover for rain, hiking poles. I could have even rented hats and sunglasses if I wanted to. Luckily, I have everything I need. So tomorrow I can just relax and take it easy. The only thing I need to buy now is diamox, altitude sickness medicine, and I have 36 hours to do it. Yes!
On the bus ride, I met two more Koreans. They were super nice, and the woman even asked me when I arrived here from Korea. SHE THOUGHT I WAS KOREAN! That means those Korean lessons are paying off. Well, once she found out I was from the States, she then burst my bubble and said, “Oh, so that’s why you sound funny when you talk.” Oh well. I still fooled her. The couple have been my buddies for this trip. They followed me to the hotel and are staying here just because I chose this place. Very Korean. And they are now booked on a Kili hike for tomorrow. Very adventurous for a 50+-year-old Korean couple, I’d say, to just come to Moshi with no plan, no reservations, with a climb in mind.
Now, I relax.