Due to the power cut, no translation in Dutch this time. I will translate the next one.
Today it is Monday the 26th of May, the fifth day without electricity. Last Wednesday evening the electricity fell off in whole Tanzania. Can you imagine this, a whole country without power? Part of the mainland had power again on Thursday. But when they tried to connect Zanzibar somehow the input was to high or the machine in Zanzibar was to old. Anyway, in the south at Fumba a machine broke. Which is ofcourse very difficult to replace and even if, there is no Fundi that can fix the problem. Predictions are that the electricity is off for a long, long time. What automatically means that there is hardly any water. We have a generator, that is not working properly, but at least it is something. We can run the water pomp and put on some lights and charge our computers and mobiles. People that don't have a generator are depending on the government that is not doing anything. The ugly side of a beautiful country occurs when things like this happen. Imagine this: vendors are selling dirty water to people, re-cooled fish and meat that is sold, toilets that can not be flushed….bye bye bounty picture!!!!! ;-)
Though it is not convenient at all, it has its charm, opening your hotel in the evening with candles, just a little power to run the stereo and sometimes to keep the beverages cool. The complete neighbourhood is quiet, except Commando a local bar that has a good generator. Light attracts flies and as I found out people, we are doing good business for lowseason!!!
At the moment we are figuring out if we can put a fridge or freezer on the generator without overloading it. We have guest coming in tomorrow and keeping a stock is not easy in these times. Now are surviving on just one coolbox and buying ice is not easy if you're living 50 minutes from Stown Town.
Yesterday (Sunday) I walked to the reef. Which is an 1 1/5 hour walk or swim and sometimes a struggles, because it is full with sea urchins. It was a nice walk and I saw some little fish. Walking back was much easier, from the reef we could exactly see were to walk. And this morning I went to Kizimkazi again, trying to see some dolphins, but no luck this time. But snorkelling was much more fun than the last time, I saw a lot of fishes and also got biting by little jellyfishes.
I forgot to tell that a monkey bit me 3 days ago. I was swimming in the sea and when I came back there was a guy with a monkey in the water. He almost threw the monkey at me so I could hold it. The thing is, I did not even wanted to hold it. And then it already happened, the monkey bit me in my hand. I contacted a doctor to see if I needed a tetanus jab. But luckily mine was still good. The monkey did not had Rabies so I am fine for now.
I just heard that probably the electricity will stay off for another month!!!! The did not only blew up the machine but also the cable that provides the power from the mainland to here.
Another thing I heard is that the first cases of Cholera have occurred in Stown Town.
It is really sad that the local government is not doing anything to provide help for the inhabitants. I will switch off the inverter soon and hopefully the generator runs tonight so we can pomp the water up.