Amy's Tour of Dar

Trip Start Nov 19, 2004
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Trip End Dec 06, 2004


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Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Stayed a couple of nights with Amy in her Dar es Salaam apartment. The mornings were a caucaphony of noises - bats screeching, crows cawing, pigeons cooing and 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.

Amy taught us some great Swahili phrases and tons about Tanzanian culture. My favorite phrases:
  • "Mambo?" (a super cool greeting meaning roughly "how's it going?")
  • "safi" (fresh), "poa" (cool), or "poa kichizi kama ndizi" (crazy cool like a banana). All are possible responses to "Mambo?" , with the last one eliciting surpised and delighted reactions.
  • "pole pole kama kobe" - slowly, slowly, like a turtle

More 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. 
  • - The "fabric street", where vendor after vendor had stacks and stacks of brightly patterned light cotton cloth for sale. They would flip through the piles so that you could see each pattern until eventually something struck your fancy. We didn't leave until we all had a bundle of our favourites wrapped in brown paper and tied with string
  • 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"
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