Friday, December 4, 2009

London

1-6 December

We have:

Gone on the London Eye. You get in one of the capsules and ride up to the top. The capsules are big enough to hold a small car. The top is 135 meters up. You can see out across London, and the view is amazing.






Looked at Big Ben. When you come out of the subway station, Big Ben is right in front of you. While we were there it chimed.











Gone to the Harrods department store.
The store was huge. It took up a whole block and was 6 stories tall.

The food section.

The fish in this fountain were real
















They had a section that was all chocolates









The Christmas theme this year was the Wizard Of Oz.
















Gone ice skating. I fell over alot and couldn't stop without running into the wall.



And went to the Camden Market. The Camden Market is on the bank of a small river. The market is huge. They sell things that range from water absorbing crystals and camel leather bags to Thai food and horse saddles.


















Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania









26-29 November






On our first day, we drove to Lake Manyara. It is a salt lake and it was full of flamingos. It covers about 200 square kilometers. It is in the Great Rift Valley, which stretches from Syria (Southwest Asia) to Mozambique (east Africa), about 6,000 kilometers. We saw a lot of Dik Diks and Hippos. The next day we drove up to the rim of the Ngorongoro crater. We them walked up to the rim of the Olmoti Crater. The next day we had a full day of game viewing in the Ngorongoro Crater. It was amazing. We saw huge herds of wildabeast, buffalo and zebra. We also saw 17 hyenas at the same time, Thompson's gazelle, Grant's gazelle, elephant, hippo, vultures and Golden Jackals. There were 2 dead buffalos near the road. On one buffalo there were jackals and vultures. On the second one there were more vultures and 17 hyenas.









The first carcass










Tripe, anyone?



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Vulture fight.




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The second carcass












Hyena feeding frenzy.







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After we saw the Ngorongoro crater, we took a bus back to Dar Es Salaam. The bus we started on had to stop when the tyre started rubbing on the side of the bus. Then we got on a different bus. The driver drove very fast. He passed cars, trucks and other busses.

Zanzibar






17-25 November






We spent our first 2 days in stone town. Because of its tropical climate, people have been growing spices on it for hundreds of years. After Stone town, we spent 5 nights on the beach. We rented bikes, went out snorkeling on a traditional fishing boat and went swimming. The water on Zanzibar was the warmest that I have ever felt. It is also very salty, which makes you float well.










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