Amy's Tour of Dar
Trip Start Nov 19, 2004
7Trip End Dec 06, 2004
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My favorite Swahili phrases:
- "Mambo?" (a super cool greeting meaning roughly "how's it going?")
- safi" (fresh), "poa" (cool), or even "poa kichizi kama ndizi" (crazy cool like a banana). All possible responses to "Mambo?" , with the last one getting delighted reactions!
- "pole pole kama kobe" - slowly, slowly, like a turtle
Memorable moments from this part of the trip:
- When friends greet each other, the handshakes are elaborate and extended. They often continue holding hands throughout the whole conversation.
- Visiting schools with Amy and meeting some of the students she worked with in promoting HIV awareness to the city's youth. I likely won't forget Freddy 1 and Freddy 2!
- The "fabric street", where vendor after vendor had stacks and stacks of brightly patterned cotton fabric for sale. They would help you browse by flipping through the piles so that you could see each pattern. Of course, I couldn't resist buying some, to be made into who-knows what when I get back home.
- Businesses with unlikely product / service assortments. For example, CD's, cassettes, and beauty salon all in one location. Or perhaps car parts, stereos, and tailoring service.
- Dalla dallas (mini buses) with hilarious English names painted on them like "Boyz II Men" or "Osama Bin Laden"
- The jungle-like noises that woke me in the mornings - bats screeching, crows cawing, pigeons cooing, and of course, the azzam's painfully early calls to prayer. I can't imagine a noisier place to live than one sandwiched between a mosque and a tree full of bats!