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Ancient trees

I first saw this most amazing tree in remote areas of Zimbabwe and Botswana. Never did I expect to see them spread around Dar Es Salaam as…


Dust specialists

I grew up in a country where for centuries the biggest challenge has been how to keep our feet dry and the water out of our land….


The cry for kahawa

Walking the streets in every part of town or even on the beach there is a guy balancing a heavy kettle full of boiling hot liquid. One…


Just a few days a year

It is unbelievable how quiet it can get in this city, despite the multi-million population. Usually this type of silence lasts just a few days a year,…


Tropical delights

I love the hot season in Dar: this time of year when the abundance of fruit is stunning — it really is the season of tropical delights….


What’s all the shouting about?

For some days already I’ve been wondering about all the shouting along our road. There have also been unusual sounds of tools, people running everywhere, as well…


Sports everywhere

Doing regular exercise is a challenge here, what with the humid and hot climate, erratic traffic and unreliable surfaces of roads and paths. Still it does not…


Christmas in the tropics

Coming from the Northern Hemisphere one knows deep down when days become shorter, the weather gets colder and the shopping more erratic that Christmas is on its…



Reliable services do exist

Despite the challenges of finding people who take pride and care in their work, reliable services do exist here, they just take a long time to find….