A Gator in Dar Es Salaam

"Ex Africa semper aliquid novi - Out of Africa always something new" -Pliny the Elder

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Downtown Dar es Salaam

I am currently in downtown Dar, specifically in Posta. I have been out with a friend most of the afternoon. We took a dalladalla from campus to the Ubungoo dalla dalla stand and then caught one headed for Kariakoo market. We got off, by saying "Shusha" which apparently is the how you say stop this car, or something along those lines. We went to a used clothes market and I got a few shirts, including a soccer jersey like the ones sported by tons of people. I also bought a DVD with 5 Movies on it...Godfathers I, II, and III. Heat and Scarface. We will see the quality but I can get movies that have recently come out at theaters in the US on DVD here and people have said the qualities are pretty good. It cost me about $6 US. We caught another dalla dalla headed for Posta(the rides are either 150TSH(15 cents) or 200TSH(20 cents). They are really a trip to ride and I think I could do it all day. Certain places we go we are the only Wazungu(white people) and many times I have been walking around town or campus and been the only white person within site, certainly a different experience from the US. We are going to catch a dalladalla back towards the campus shortly and go to Addis in Dar which is an Ethiopian restaurant. We just met a Clothing salesman from India who works in Hong Kong. Well Im going to go and maybe check out some hats or shirts and then climb aboard a dalla dalla. Some of our group met the new Ambassador to Tanzania(the president of the Alabama Republican party, who speaks no Swahili and had never been to Tanzania until 3 weeks ago, money money money-it buys anything). They asked the ambassador if he had or planned to ride around his new town in dalla dallas and he scoffed at such an absurd idea. Not for everyone I guess.

Hakuna Mbo Wengi(their arent many mosquitoes)

Matt