Msimbazi Center is my home for the next eight weeks, minus the middle two that I will be spending in Mtwara. Lonely Planet Tanzania, under the “Sleeping – Budget,” says the following about Msimbazi:
Msimbazi Centre Hostel (022-28 3508, 022-286 3204; Kawawa Rd; s/d/tw Tsh 10,000/20,000/50,000)
Tiny, stuffy rooms with fan and mosquito net, breezier twins with two rooms sharing bathroom facilities, and an inexpensive canteen. It’s noisy, especially on weekends, but otherwise reasonable value. Take the Buguruni dalla-dalla from the Old Posta transport stand (Tsh 4000 by taxi) and ask to be dropped off here.
Lonely Planet is indeed correct in noting that it’s stuffy and noisy. The noise comes from both the late night parties and passionate church services that somehow coexist in the same compound. It’s extremely stuffy, making me wonder how much a dehumidifier would cost, rather than an A/C.
In Msimbazi, we undergo Kiswahili lesson as well as miscellaneous sessions on TZ culture, KOICA rules, etc. It’s mostly uneventful, much like this entry. Lets just call this a status update.