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Friday, August 9, 2013

Kilimanjaro foggy, Kilimanjaro clear

Today we visited the Machame Gate on Kilimanjaro, where a lot of climbers start their trek up the mountain. 

It was a foggy, drizzly and cold today at the gate-atypical for the season but not completely unusual given that the first part of the climb is in a rainforest. 

We visited the offices of Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project to learn about porter welfare on the mountain. Here are a few shots from the gate: 

After a delicious lunch (milkshakes!) we walked to the local mitumba (second-hand) market, where bales of used clothing donated to thrift shops is shipped from the US and sold for a profit:

We passed through the cemetery on the way back to Moshi center

before continuing on to the Make a Difference Now guesthouse just outside of Moshi in an area known as Rau. 

Once settled in to the gueshouse, the skies finally cleared enough for us to have a view of Mt. Kilimanjaro, which we had not seen yet. It was a beautiful sunset!

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