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Wait

Before living in Tanzania I didn’t know much about waiting. Coming from a culture where time is time and efficiency supposedly a virtue it is about keeping…


Sweet, sour & salty salad

This refreshing calamari pomelo salad was my favorite culinary discovery on a trip to Cambodia. It’s packed with sweet, sour, and salty flavours and best enjoyed on…


Friends can be forgiven

I made a resolution early this year to see Tanesco as my best friend, as friends can be forgiven more easily. Hoping that instead of being frustrated…


Ladies’ Loads

Just now she passes, one of the ladies doing business around. She’s cooking for the construction workers and truck drivers at a large new apartment block being…


Cajun sweet potato chips

Sweet potatoes in Tanzania have a white flesh and are considered to have a sweeter, milder taste than those of the orange variety I know and love….


A day of sounds

One of my first discoveries in a new place are its sounds, unknown, unusual and sometimes unsettling. In Dar it was first the early morning sweeping that…



Six eggs

One Friday I asked my house help to buy me six eggs for the weekend. Usually she washes them, puts them in the fridge and leaves the…



Taking out the taka taka

Taking care of one’s refuse and getting it collected is not an easy project in Dar. Firstly because of the climate: rotting and smelling and lack of…