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Published: October 18th 2006
The police report for the stolen camera
What can we say about Tanzania.... every trip has its good and its bad times. Tanzania was for us, the bad time. From 29 countries visited, for sure, it's the one we would not recommend anyone to visit. Everything that exists in Tanzania to be visited can be found in the other neighbour countries (exception to the Kilimanjaro, but even that you can climb Mont Kenya). We have been only in Tanganyika (continental part of the country). Zanzibar still to be explored when we come back up.
Tanzania people are money oriented, not in the good way, like the workaholic cities of New York or Berlin, but in the way they want to make easy money. People ask for everything. We left a grocery store with some food and a taxi driver signal to us and from inside his car. He did a hand movement saying that he was hungry and wanted the food we'd just bought. A taxi driver begging? We gave a ride to some people on the road and instead of saying thank you, they asked for anything we had left in their sight of view (water, pen, book, anything).
Prices can be written in menus,
Once upon a time there was a dream about travel Africa by car...
but for you (myzungo
, or white person) is more expensive. You can buy 9 times the same thing in the same store with the same seller, and in the 10th time they still try to rip you off. If you don't want to pay the extra price they sometimes don't even sell to you. Funny, this type of racism (oh yes, Tanzanians are extremely racist people) gives jail in our country, but here they find it normal.
You make deals with people and in the end they say they can't honor, and that is fine. "People here in Africa don't have a word! You can never believe then!"
- This is a comment of a Tanzanian lady after not fulfilling her promise. The only thing I would correct in this statement is the "Africa" for "Tanzania", we had great experiences with many other Africans, unfortunatly not in Tanzania. We set up meetings to finish a deal, they just don't show up. You call them and "I'm sorry I was busy, can we do it tomorrow?"
. You go again in the next day and the same thing happens. They don't even bother calling to say they can't. Just let you wait for hours.
Wouldn't be fair if we said that all the people we met weren’t nice, but the good ones will pay for the bad ones. Pictures?
Well some unworthy Tanzanian has them all. As our memory card was full (Uganda, Rwanda, Congo and Tanzania) we would burn a CD as soon as we arrived in Dar es Salaam. But this scum Tanzanian did his work faster. As we left the bus from Mwanza (30 hours squeezed in this old colonization time bus) we took a van to the city center. And taking the opportunity that the van was crowded this ...(no definition for this being)... did his work and left before we realize the missing objects. The only pictures we have are the ones we send by e-mail before the robbery and the ones posted here for the previous countries. But anyway, the lack of pictures is a good representation of our Tanzanian experience.
In Tanzania we met lots of volunteers, but not many of them will come back there, after being robbed and cheated too. We meet a friendly group of Belgian Architecture students doing a project in Mwansa, also a group of Norwegian and Swedish students in Dar es Salaam. Thanks for all of them for making Tanzania experience better, hope to see then some day somewhere else.
The bad impression of Tanzania can be from a terribly bad luck we had, but sadly this will be the image that we will be carrying of Tanzania from now on.
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