Daily life in Tanzania

Feeling settled and now it is nearly time to go!  We have made some good friends and have somehow grown some roots in this place that seemed so alien to us not that long ago. Walking through Moshi felt like walking through some mad chaos where everything looked the same.  Unknown smells, different noises, “strange” people, different rules in terms of eye contact, personal space and traffic added to this chaos.  It felt claustrophobic at times as well as exciting.  Going into town became a major expedition and any achievement (such as buying a kitchen bin) made me elated and proud!  Generally, it was impossible to find anything I wanted and after a couple of hours of wandering the streets, I would come home, usually empty handed and exhausted.  Now, I see things, I see shops, items, people, fruit…  It is as if life has come into focus again.  I will miss it, I am sure.  This laid back feel, the space, the magnificent views, the downpours, the permanent bird song, the smiles all around me and the sense of not being alone as everybody greets and talks to each other.

There is something about Africa (yes, I know it is big and not all the same), about the way of living, the way of just being, the way of not caring, the way of simplicity that is good for the soul.  On the other hand, animal cruelty, child abuse, extreme poverty, lack of human rights can be very painful and raw to experience.  It is certainly a place where emotions are pulled from left to right.  I have taken photos of daily scenes which I pass by chance and of places I go and enjoy.  Hopefully, it will transmit some of the atmosphere of the place and what we have experienced since being here.

I was not sure which photos to add so have added a selection from the past 22 months.  It is like a walk through Moshi and Tanzania through photos.  I have been told I get far too wistful at times in my writing so I am letting the photos do the talking this time.

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Carrot washing by the river in Moshi

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The derelict railway station, great place for a drink in the evening

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How do they do that?!

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I think it is closed….

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Dancing with a group of women in Mambo, Lushoto

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West Kilimanjaro

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Jackie contemplates death at Lake Manyara

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Apparently they do not bite, can’t remember what sort it was…

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Getting muddy at Lake Manyara

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Wood collecting

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Young Maasai before becoming warriors

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This always make me smile when I drive past

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Driving home one evening

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Sugar cane plantation bus stop

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Evening football game

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Sunset swimming at Lake Manyara

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Love the barber shops

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Would not see this in Europe!

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Hotel car park, the only car there and we were the only guests!

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Christmas day Bagamoyo 2015

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Local cafe, sadly iy was closed

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Never seen this before….

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Food shopping

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One of the two rubbish bins in Moshi

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Road block

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Local bus

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Posing beach Maasai

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Lake Natron, the only vehicle we saw for a long time!

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Lake Natron – Ol Donyo Lengai volcano

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Walk with a Maasai, well more of a clamber across a small canyon

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Petrol station in Wasso, tookk us a while to find it

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Zebra photobombs our selfie

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Crossing Lake Victoria

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Beautiful animals

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Testing the water at Lake Victoria

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At Ujiji by the lake

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Kigoma’s finest establishment

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Sunset over Lake Victoria

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Hard choices in Kahama…

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Wanna fight?  Boys pose for a photo in Mambo

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No idea how they jump so high!

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Mambo views

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Chill out time

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Zanzibar

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A local walk

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Mataruni waterfall

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Coming right at us

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Boys in Pangani town

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Ushongo beach

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First time with binoculars

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Mobile basketry

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Amani reserve

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First 4W4 experience

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Road works

Well done for getting to the end!  Hopefully this has been a journey through some parts of Tanzanian life.  But wait, this is not the final blog yet…

 

 

 

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