06.29.2008 - 06.29.2008
Let's make this a short one. This sucked! We woke up at 3:00am to catch a van from the island that would take us across the causeway to an awaiting, larger bus. This went mostly well: got our seats and waited a bit for more people to fill up the empty seats. We needed to catch a bus that was leaving another town on the way to Pemba. That meant this bus had to get to the transfer point on time...it didn't. This meant waiting with our bags on the road for whatever vehicle would drive by that happened to be heading for Pemba, our final destination in the country. Unfortunately, this meant waiting for four hours as many vehicles passed, but none going all the way. Finally, a large flat-bed truck stopped and the driver, who thank God was going all the way, and looking to make some extra money, agreed to take us for the equivalent of $8 apiece...a bargain. When we got in the cab, we realized we were sharing the space with his "woman," and two other passengers, one of whom also had a toddler. A bit of a tight squeeze, so Carina stayed in the cab, while Will joined several men on the top of the flatbed (he was hauling a large shipment of construction tiles). Will was lucky because he could stretch out a bit and see the passing sights, while Carina was "hemmed in" and had to listen to non-stop yapping between the driver and his gal. Even though we're complaining about the day, it turned out to be a good experience since we passed amazing terrain. This part of the country is less travelled and there's a real "frontier" feel to it.
Here are some pics from the day:
All in all a loooooonnnnnnnnngggggg, but beautiful day "in the bush." We ended up getting to Pemba town around 8:00pm that evening, a total of 17 hours since we started.