Steph and I decided to go to Tilapia today, to swim and generally be super gluttonous. It was amazing, as always. And kinda pricey, though I only spent a whopping 38,000 tsh (23$). The entry for the pool is 10,000.
The lake hitting the rocks on the shore
- Lake Victoria (fishing boats in the background)
We first went to look at the lake and feel the breeze, then we hung out at the pool for a few hours. We were a bit peckish, so we had fruit plates, which were amazing.
Fruit plate (5,000tsh/3$)
Compared with the plate at NIMR, which has watermelon, avocado, and popo and costs a fifth of the price, it was still pretty good due to its inclusion of mango (out of season now) and pineapple (freshly in season, but I gave mine to Steph since I don’t like the texture). I read the parts of last week’s paper I hadn’t read, and then drew some pictures (take that 12 before 24!). I went swimming too, but some people were jumping around and making splashes. They also weren’t paying attention when they jumped, so it felt a bit unsafe, so I got out and sunned myself for a bit.
And I put my hair like this because I’m a bit weird.
Below are the sketches for the laundry comic I drew, though I still have to ink it. These comics are about my experience doing laundry on my own (rather than having the housekeeper do it). I get really soaked and usually have to change after. Click on the pictures to see a larger version.
Laundry comics 1
Laundry comics 2
Laundry comics 3
We decided to eat supper, and knowing that Tanzanian service times are, well… relaxed, we ordered supper at about 4:45, since we’d had no lunch apart from the fruit plates. We decided instead of eating by the pool that we’d eat by the lake. It was a good choice. I decided to get two things, though it was a bit of a mistake considering how big the curry I ordered was. There were a few boats which passed us by, but the most interesting in some respects were the handmade (?) reed-canoes that some men were using. It’s amazing how they were lashed together with plastic-bag ropes. I was surprised at their water-tightness.
Sittin by the lake. Men in handmade reed canoes passing by.
Since I have to photograph literally every morsel of food that makes its way through my digestive system, here is what I had for dinner (with ratings!):
“Thai” spring rolls (5,000tsh/3$)
4/10: They were more like egg rolls, and were really bland. The filling was cabbage and carrots. The sauce was basically soy sauce with a tiny bit of something else put in. A better sauce would have improved this dish immensely.
Vegetable jalfrezi and garlic naan (15000tsh/9.30$, though the price on the menu is 10000tsh)
8/10: Lost points because of price discrepancy between menu and cost on the receipt. The garlic naan is pretty good, though I’d like it a mite thicker; they do have a tandoori oven at Tilapia, thankfully, though when I ordered the curry initially, they were going to give me paratha (chapati) instead, since the oven wasn’t working. Though, since things work a bit oddly here, the waitress came back to ask if I’d rather have the naan after all. And I did prefer it. The vegetable jalfrezi is well balanced, with what seems to be finely cut pieces of paneer throughout. It’s a tomato-based curry, and goes well with the garlicey naan. There’s enough for two people, or for several meals. You can get everything wrapped up so you can take it away.
With my supper I had a Tusker lager. It is much better than Kilimanjaro, which has a bit of an acrid aftertaste, reminding one of the big brewers in Canada/the US whose beers have different branding but all pretty much taste the same (Canadian, Blue, Budweiser, etc.).
We were the only ones sitting at the pool after supper, since it isn’t particularly well lit and dusk was coming upon us. Eventually, we decided to transfer to the upstairs pavilion, and shared a slice of chocolate cake (2500tsh1.50$, no picture). It reminded me of gluten-free desserts I’ve had, and was fairly dry. After I finished my beer, we left and took a taxi back to the apartment. He charged us 5000tsh, though I think it probably should have been 3000 or 4000, I didn’t feel like arguing. I have taken taxis to pick people up from the airport and twice at night, so my taxi expense may as well be non-existent.
Anyways, I feel pool-ey, so I’m going to leave it there and go and wash away all the pool chemicals.