Saturday, May 24, 2014

Day 4: Traveling to Tanzania!

There were many groggy faces this morning as we departed from the Kingsgate Hotel, Doha at 4:45 AM. After making sure that we hadn't forgotten anything - or anyone - we headed to the Doha International Airport for our 7:35 AM flight. 
Goodbye, Doha! We hope to be back soon - thanks for the memories!
After a five-hour flight (which felt like nothing compared to the 12-hour flight we took from Philadelphia to Doha!) we made a brief stop in Dar El Salaam, Tanzania. We then had a brief 45-minute flight and finally arrived at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. 
We were able to see Kilimanjaro's peak from the plane!
After checking in and claiming our luggage, we headed outside to meet Godson, our go-to guide for our stay in Moshi. We piled into buses and traveled through the streets of Moshi, heading towards our hotel. While some people stayed awake in order to take in the natural beauty of the region, most people got some much-needed sleep. 
Just one example of the beautiful natural landscape of Moshi. 
We arrived at our hotel, the Osy Grand Hotel, Moshi and checked into our rooms. We then had a briefing by Godson, who explained where we could exchange currencies, as well as what to do and what not to do in order to stay safe in Moshi. 

Our fearless Business Manager, Joseph Ooi (W, E'15)
Godson, our guide in Moshi. 

Each Clubber was given a Mount Kilimanjaro View Lodge bracelet.
After our briefing, we went up to the rooftop, and everyone's jaw dropped. There, rising high above Moshi, was the "Roof of Africa," Mount Kilimanjaro, jutting out above the clouds. The entire Club quickly pulled out cameras to take pictures of the breathtaking view. We were also able to watch the sun set over Moshi, which was one of the most picturesque things any of us have ever seen.
The "Roof of Africa," as seen from the roof of our hotel. Truly beautiful. 

The beautiful Moshi sunset.
We then headed out to an IndoItalian Restaurant and all had a delicious meal. It was the first time in a while that we sang in a public setting - we sang the famous Glee Club "Grace," which was met with applause from the other restaurant patrons. 
The Club performs its "Grace" before tucking into a delicious meal. 
After dinner, we headed back to our hotel. We've been invited to attend a Lutheran Mass tomorrow morning, and some people are taking Godson up on that offer. We also have our concert tomorrow night at 6:30 PM, at the International School of Moshi. If you know anybody in the area, let them know! 

That's all for now, 

The Penn Glee Club

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