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October 17, 2003

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We've finished our run of Tanzania's wild west. The guidebook says: Western Tanzania - seldom visited, no tourist facilities, rugged, few roads (none of them good), and transport choices limited to boat, train, or truck. We agree, but the guidebook should also have pointed out that this area retains a genuine African experience for tourists who don't want to see other tourists.
It will take 36 hours for the train to deliver us from interior Africa to the coast. On the way we'll bisect Tanzania, passing the Great Rift Valley and cities such as Tabora, Dodoma, and Morogoro.
At every stop, villager entrepreneurs sell their wares.
A band plays for tips thrown from the rail cars.