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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
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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
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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
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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!

Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam May 18th 2017

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Saturday, January 1, 2011 I've been living in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, for the past five months. Unlike most wazungu (foreigners), I don't have a car; to get around the city I use public transport. At night, or when it is raining, or when I have a heavy load of shopping, I take a taxi. The rest of the time I travel by dala dala. Dala dalas (the name is a corruption of 'dollar dollar') are public minibuses. In Dar es Salaam they are the only form of transport - apart from bicycles - which ordinary people can afford. There is a fixed charge for a dala dala ride - either 150 shillings (about 12p) for a long ride, or 100 shillings for a short ride. I commute most days by dala ... read more
Dala Dala

Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam May 18th 2017

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Wednesday, April 7, 1999 I've been back in Tanzania for a month now. Since leaving my job here in 1995, I've been returning as a tourist at least once every year. Tanzania, Dar es Salaam especially, has become a second home for me. Every time I come back, there are differences: new restaurants and shops, familiar landmarks closed down or demolished. However, the essentials are the same as ever; only the surface of things has changed. In an attempt to capture the quiddity of this fascinating country, here is my personal list of some of the unchanging features of the Tanzanian landscape: The khangas that ordinary women wear: cheap pieces of Indian-made cloth, attractively or gaudily decorated, often bearing some quotation or adage. Alice, my girlfriend, is currently sporting a khanga in ... read more
Kangas For Sale
Askari Monument
Mitumba

Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam May 18th 2017

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania At the end of October the Tanzanian elections will take place. Tanzania comprises the Mainland (before independence in 1963 known as Tanganyika) and the island of Zanzibar. The first syllables of Tanganyika and Zanzibar were combined to create the new word and new state: Tanzania. On the Mainland, the ruling party, CCM, faces no serious opposition, and electoral victory is a foregone conclusion. However, in Zanzibar, CCM, represented by Amani Abedi Karume, will be fiercely opposed by CUF and its candidate, Seif Sharif. CUF is the Islamic party, and Zanzibar is 95% Muslim. There is little political drama in this politically apathetic country, where educational standards are abysmally low and where most citizens are too busy keeping body and soul together to worry about party politics, but the Zanzibar election is sure ... read more
Street Justice
Bahari Beach Hotel

Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam May 16th 2016

Ok...for my family who everyday ask if I heard about the new dinosaur find in Alberta....I study humans. We may follow the same parameters of natural selection and evolution but in the grand scheme of things, we are slightly more complex in our own right. So what is it I do? Because as it stands now, I do all this work for no pay and its not a "real job". For anyone who has ever followed the path of archaeological 'enlightenment', you know that the hell we go through to obtain a degree is exhaustive. The work we do is labourous. The time spent haunched over a microscope, computer, or assemblage is why we wear glasses, have a chiropractor on speed dial, and have a main line of Timmies coffee streaming into our veins. Then why ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam December 16th 2015

Onward and upward we rose early to hit the border of Tanzania with much trouble! That’s right! The American couple who is on this trip seemed 200% sure that the visa was only $50 for all people and that’s what our amazing guide said too. Well when we got to the office the workers demanded $100 only for Americans and that sent the dude into a tirade. Lots of arguing and about an hour wasted he finally decided to pay the full amount so we wouldn’t hold up the bus, but the workers couldn’t produce any documentation of a price list based on countries. Their three computers didn’t work and the file cabinet that held the papers was locked with the one guy who had the key busy in a meeting. Lolol…I don’t really know the ... read more
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