Blogs from Dar es Salaam, East, Tanzania, Africa


Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam November 25th 2022

There are great lessons to be learned from this backpacker lifestyle. I’m older now, with kids and responsibilities. I travel with 2 carry-ons and 2 checked bags now, rather than the solitary backpack I began with. But, I still travel like a backpacker. I’m not one of those tourists who come for Mai Tais on the beach and a few souvenirs. I don’t spend much money when I travel. I don’t stay in fancy hotels. You see a lot of middle-class Americans living it up in developing countries where their dollars go further, playing at the life of a celebrity or aristocrat for a day. I don’t do that kind of thing. I still like to see how they local people live. I still like to walk barefoot sometimes, to eat with my hands, to take ... read more
Contentment is the Greatest Wealth
Don't Do Evil
Overcome Evil by Good

Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam November 21st 2022

My fascination with Ethiopia began in 2007, learning from the Rastaman in Kenya. I spent most of that year living in Kenya, and a lot of that time walking far and wide around the area north of Mombasa, reasoning with this Rastaman or that Rastaman. Some of the old "Burning Spears" I met were remnants from the Mau-Mau days and had not trimmed their locks since the war against the British began in the 1950s! These men told me many stories about Ethiopia, about Emperor Haile Selassie I, and about the ancient Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. It was because of their stories that I first went to attend an Ethiopian church service in Seattle that year. Since then, I have come to know very many Ethiopians in my home area of Seattle, where we have a ... read more
Emperor Menelik II
Emperor Haile Selassie I
Virgin Maryam & Iesus Kristos

Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam November 18th 2022

And now for the reason behind our visit. We came to Tanzania to celebrate the marriage of our niece Grace (affectionately known to us as "Gee") and her husband Hussein. But she has a new name now in marriage, Ayla, a Muslim name as it is customary for women here to take when they marry a Muslim man. More people know her by her stage name Sai Kenya. She's a pop singer in the Bongo Flava style of Tanzania and an upcoming star in Kenya. She's immensely talented and we're all extremely proud of her. From the first time I heard her sing I knew this was something special and we've only seen her talent grow. The performance she gave at her sister's wedding last year blew us all away. Check her videos out on YouTube. ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam November 16th 2022

This is basically a Dar es Salaam photo dump. We had a whirlwind trip to Dar and did so much in only a short time. These photos are all from like the first 3 or 4 days! We came upon this great Tanzanian chalk artist illustrating an image of some children breaking through from the other side of a TV. The TV doesn't talk about the real issues, but they want to bring them up. Chelly and had a date night at a top-notch beach bar at Coco Beach (Oyster Bay). Wow. She's beautiful. I got so lucky. The place is called Wavivu Kempu and you can see some photos here of the vibe there and the excellent tapas plates with fresh seafood from the Indian Ocean. I loved this "Get Shape, Be Fit" poster that ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam August 22nd 2021

Although I enjoyed visiting Tanzania-50th country. I would like to share you the first 50 countries I visited+142 countries I visited. 1. Mexico 2. Costa Rica 3. Belize 4. Honduras 5 Dominican Republic 6. Bahamas 7. Canada 8. Barbados 9. Saint Lucia 10. Antigua and Barbuda 11. Great Britain 12. France 13. Spain 14. Portugal 15. United Arab Emirates 16. Israel and the Palestinians 17. Jordan 18. Jamaica 19. Panama 20. India 21. Malaysia 22. Japan 23. Federated States of Micronesia 24. Australia 25. Thailand 26. Ethiopia 27. Belgium 28. Iceland 29. Mongolia 30. China 31. Guatemala 32. El Salvador 33. Greece 34. Italy 35. Latvia 36. Kazakhstan 37. Kyrgyzstan 38. Russia 39. South Korea 40. Philippines 41. Brunei 42. Nepal 43. Qatar 44. Saint Vincent and Grenadin... read more

Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam September 8th 2019

Ich übernachte seit Donnerstag in Dar bei den Benediktinern, die ein Gästehaus haben. Ich hatte nicht angerufen, in der Annahme, dass da eh keiner hingeht, aber mir wurde dann mitgeteilt, dass sie voll sind. Ich war entsetzt, denn es war grauenhaft gewesen, durch Dar zu fahren. Laut Karte ganz einfach, aber in der Praxis ein Alptraum: Einbahnsstraßen, Fußgängerzonen, und Baustellen, als ob sie die ganze Stadt gleichzeitig um- und ausbauen wollten. Und natürlich Stau, immer und überall. Dazu 30 °.Als mir der Bruder Sowieso also mitteilte, dass sie keinen Platz für mich hätten, war ich verzweifelt. Nochmal rumfahren? Welch ein schrecklicher Gedanke. Dann sagte er plötzich, sie hätten schon noch Zimmer, aber ohne eigenes Bad. War mir egal, her damit. Und dann führte er mich in ein kleines Haus mit vier separaten Gästezimmern, alle mit eigenem ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam July 1st 2019

"Karibu!", greeted the Emirates flight attendants as we got off the long, but comfortable 18-hour plane ride. The Swahili word, meaning "Welcome", was emblazened on the roof of the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, and it concisely captures the warmth and hospitality we repeatedly came to expect of the Tanzanian people. The sterile airport entrance, coated with Western-style excessive security, begat a disorderly stampede reminiscent of an Indian temple or train station at the visa office. This was the location of the first snafu of the trip - we had been told adamantly by our program directors to ask for an ORDINARY visa, yet the officers insisted we obtain a STUDENT visa, which was $50 less expensive. After ~10 minutes of pleading our case to a guard who spoke little English, another kindly ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam January 1st 2019

So, Dar Es Salaam is not the capital city of Tanzania? Well, you learn something every day. It sure looks like a capital! It turns out that Dodoma is the actual capital but Dar is where everything happens. We opted for a bit of comfort for our stay in the city. The Tanzanite Executive Suiteswas certainly that. We had a MASSIVE suite complete with its own kitchen - not that we used it other than for washing our clothes and utilising the fridge! It was a very good choice ahead of some of the backpacking hardships we were anticipating in the weeks to come. The hotel is located very close to the city's main mosque. Although the country is not specifically Muslim, this area is. Several other mosques were in close proximity but we were never ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam December 2nd 2017

African proverb: To the child, a mother gives her blood, (heart). The father his spirit, (soul). We spent three days in Dar es Salaam and this gave us the opportunity to adapt to the climate, the culture, the time change, and simply to being on the road again. Starting with the time, we left Vancouver early Tuesday morning and arrived in Dar late Wednesday night. Total flight time - 28 hours. Plus, flying east we lost another 11 hours. We slept from midnight Wednesday, right through all of Thursday, staggering up only for our free breakfast in our hotel, the Iris, and to stagger out for dinner. The former included a Spanish omelette, a bowl of fruit, glass of passion fruit juice and some very dark, strong, excellent, African coffee. Dinner we ate at a street ... read more
Our First Dinner in Dar - BBQ
Muslim Holiday Dec 1st
Skyline of Dar

Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam November 4th 2017

A lizard runs by with his tail cut off. I wonder whether it hurt. Was it a mean man with a machete, or an attempted bird attack? He scurries under a tropical bush, lush with brightly colored flowers. Perspective. My own tail, often between my legs, but sometimes cut off entirely, is irrelevant when there’s a safe space to which I return. For the last two weeks, I have been stuck in Dar es Salaam at Peace Corps discretion because of the continued security incidences in my village. Even after having two girls occupy my outdoor kitchen area when I’ve been away, thieves managed to break through my bedroom windows. They cut the locks on my valuables case, and somehow scaled the walls to unlock various doors after finding my hidden keys. Solar panels, jewelry, and ... read more
This guy got to know us, we came so much
Our Tanzanian Counterparts in Community Theater
All I wanted for my birthday was to eat unlimited ice cream!

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