As 2014 approaches, we look back on the amazing year that was and remember the best of 12 months of truly wonderful travels and fabulous adventures.
Thank you for following us on our never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.
But if I had to choose a most enjoyable 36 hours in a never-endingly eventful Travelife, I think I would choose a couple of days last October, when a 36-hour period began in the sleepy seaside city of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and ended in Manila.
|My 36 hours ended with the ultra-successful Rob Schneider comedy show
at Solaire, which Travelife Magazine had co-organized…
This particular 36 hours spanned at least three continents, six meals, and way too many interesting things, even in a never-ending Travelife.
I woke up in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on the last morning of a two-week holiday that included three safari experiences and a beach resort.
We stayed in a lovely boutique hotel right by the sea, in the best part of town.
It was a very nice way to end a holiday in a pretty exotic country because this hotel was so tasteful and comfortable, reminding us of those lovely old houses in New Manila.
I was so glad we stayed here.
We almost didn’t, you see.
I’d chosen all the hotels for this trip, and for this overnight stop in Dar es Salaam, I’d initially booked an equally nice hotel, but one that catered more to business travelers.
I figured we could go with this “safe choice” after two weeks of stays in some of the most beautiful lodges and resorts in this part of the world.
It was basically an overnight stop anyway, on our way back to Asia.
But when the Travel Companion saw my list, the first thing he said was: “That’s so unlike you.“
He meant my choice of hotel in Dar es Salaam. Everything else I had chosen was fine with him, and very much in keeping with my typical preferences.
Well, I need very little encouragement to go for the more luxurious option anywhere and anytime, so we booked this beautiful hotel instead.
It certainly made our stay in Dar es Salaam.
They fully acknowledge that they cater mainly to upmarket travelers on their way to or from the safari lodges in Tanzania, which are all a bit of a distance from Dar es Salaam.
No one really goes to Dar es Salaam to sightsee.
So most people who stay at this quietly luxurious hotel do so on full board, and so did we.
However, we did also have one very nice lunch at a trendy new restaurant called Cape Town Fishmarket by the marina, which is supposed to be the best place to eat in Dar es Salaam.
At our Dar es Salaam hotel, we had one rather late lunch, one very nice dinner, and one satisfyingly healthy breakfast.
In fact, it was the perfect way to end a pretty wonderful two weeks in Tanzania, living a Travelife.
This melancholy feeling continued even after returning to Manila.
That’s Rob Schneider, reading Travelife Magazine…