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Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam May 7th 2012

It’s been about a week and a half since we arrived here in Dar and so much has been experienced so far. Since we got here a couple days before our professor and all the other students, we had a lot to figure out on our own. Finding the cheapest place to buy food, finding what food to buy, how to go about taking the various forms of transportation (the hectic three-wheel ‘bajaj’ being our favorite so far), and how much each of those forms cost are just a few of the many things facing us those first few days. The place we are staying at is an actual house on the grounds of a Catholic guesthouse. Father Aloysius, along with the various brothers and sisters, run the place, and they are so wonderful. They serve ... read more
Home for 3 months.
Lisa cutting Levi's hair after 2 days of being in the heat.
A community School/Church session.

Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam May 5th 2012

Here is a quick little story for you: Levi and I were driving out in a rural area in the bush with a pastor from MCC and his five kids, all 8 of us crammed into a suburban car. His kids speak some english, and one of them, 8-year-old Jared, all of a sudden asked me for my email address. So I wrote it down, and he wrote down his for me. He specifically stated that his was 'yahoo,' and seemed really proud of it. When he noticed mine was a gmail address, he said, "I tried to make a gmail account once, but for some reason it didn't work." I couldn't believe I was sitting in this car filled with kids, driving down a rural bumpy road, and talking to an 8 -year-old african boy ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam March 28th 2012

The north To start from the beginning we didn’t arrive straight from Moshi to the beach but started the travel in Dar es Salam by visiting a friend of the Sister. Her boyfriend currently works outside of Dar in Tegeta. We stayed at their place for three nights and had time for a daytrip northward to Bagamojo where we were to visit the Art College, an independent school for artistic education such as music, dance and artwork. Perfect for the Sister who is, for those who don’t know her, addicted to dancing. Meet a finish girl who studied there as well as Margaret, a Swedish lady we got to know at the festival on Zanzibar. Nice people who showed us around the place. At this time the semester for the school had just started, meaning that ... read more
Me and some steel wool
The Kidz are alright!

Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam February 22nd 2012

Interesting and slow process to get our visas. Once through customs had to sit outside and wait for Precision Air to open at 0530. Good people watching.... read more

Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam February 12th 2012

We visited a second Maasai village before leaving our camp at Arusha. It was smaller than the one at the Masai Mara, less homes and people, and its proximity to the town meant that the villagers weren't as sheltered from the modern world as before. Children came running out to meet us when we entered the village, and our Maasai guide played on his mobile phone while we spoke to the children and let them snap away on our cameras. It was bizarre to think that they keep so many old ways and yet they've got Facebook. It made it less real, but it was still an interesting visit. The guide this time spoke to us about circumcision of young Maasai, explaining that teenaged boys who are to be circumcised wear black instead of the traditional ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam January 4th 2012

Let's start off by noting that this is a sort-of-mirror blog from the original over on that other site.. And as this is a travel blog, I'll limit my posts to my travel experiences.. check out the other site for complete readings. As I've been up and running for a few weeks.. I'll post up the past few ones and indicate the publishing date. Let me read your thoughts and ideas!... read more

Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam December 18th 2011

PUSH had their Christmas Party over at the George and The Dragon. Shots were had. Jello shots. Thankfully, after a long week of 12+ hour days, we stayed long enough to grab a bite, a few pints and head off home. On a business positive note, made the acquaintance of the managing director of PUSH mobile, who has a keen interest in social networks and social media. We agreed to talk later this week. Saturday, tried to sleep in, but just couldn’t do it. Had a lovely breakfast at BlackTomato, directly across from the apartment. Internet was intermittent, along with the power outages, so getting a decent signal was a problem. Decided to head up north to do some sightseeing. A little historical tourism. What the map showed to be some 30km north of Dar, ended ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam December 17th 2011

Starsucks. The word is graffiti’d beside the pictures of English football stars in the wall of the alcove where the coffee guys prepare their wares for the day’s selling. It’s a strident reply to the world domination of a certain brand of cuppa they will never be able to afford. But once you drink their hard-earned brew, who would ever want to. My friends know I’m not normally a coffee-drinker, and I didn’t think I would especially like this which had been boiled in the pot over a tiny charcoal burner for an hour! But it was smooth! Barbe just hopes I won’t be this wired all day! One of the young men busied himself with roasting the beans as we arrived, also in a small pot without a handle over charcoal. The wooden spoon fit ... read more
Bajaji Tour

Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam December 15th 2011

Today feels very long.. not only was there a party in the apartments behind my window, but sometime in the middle of the night, a couple of cats got very amorous and loud. Waking up before 4am two days running doesn’t agree with me. Good thing I bought coffee for the office (everyone else is a tea drinker.) Had dinner last night on the shores of the Indian Ocean.. I’d have pictures, but by the time we were seated, it was dark enough so that the camera on the droid was useless shooting towards the horizon. Trust me, it was a sight.. I’ll be back there soon enough with the SLR in hand…I’ve gotten a few requests for pictures, and will post them… but the gig comes first. Good news is that according to my project ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam December 14th 2011

Habari ya asubuhi! A bit hotter today than the last two days, but at least most of the power problems appeared fixed. For now. Work coming along slowly – lots of thinking on how to best apply the existing tools in a new more efficient and effective process. Project plan is complete along with usual breathing room. No extensions on this gig — plane ticket is bought and change fees are extraordinary. No worries though, I’ll figure it out. I have had pints in Irish or English pubs all over the US, in London proper, in Beijing, Metuchen (Hailey’s!), Shanghai and Bogota. Add Dar es Salaam to that list. Went to the local ex-pat watering hole last night, the url= and Dragon. I’m sure to be back p... read more

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