Greetings from the ‘Shit-Hole’ that’s not…

Why would anyone leave ‘civilization’ to visit Tanzania? For inspiration, that’s why!

A typical produce vendor along a Tanzanian roadside. Photo by Diane Nilan
Traffic barely moved, and 4-wheel vehicles are outnumbered and out-maneuvered by these 3-wheelers, with perilous petrol tankers occupying the bulk of the roadway. Photo by Diane Nilan
Pity the unaware encountering the bundle of rebar precariously perched on the motorbike. Photo by Diane Nilan
  • Water — luxury. When one of the Sisters, my friend, said, “Our water is bad, don’t use it,” she wasn’t playing. She handed me a plastic-wrapped case of bottled water. Water to power hydroelectric plants is fickle trickle during the arid season contributing to irregular electricity. From observation, the water flowing under the countless bridges probably leaves much to be desired.
  • Housing. Towns/villages are a collection of what first world residents would call huts and shacks, some with electricity, some not. Some with running water, many not. We spotted a few upscale houses. Most of the places we stayed lacked operating electrical and water systems. But they offered more in hospitality than anyone could imagine.
  • Electricity — you can count on it to not be flowing when you need it. Even the major airport in Dar es Salaam experienced multiple power failures while we were there one morning. Alternative energy, a logical solution, is mostly a dream.
Tanzania’s natural beauty defies description.
Selous Game Reserve provides plenty of natural beauty to enjoy. Photo by Diane Nilan
Central Tanzania is a collection of rural communities filled with ambitious people eking out their existence in ways that defy explanation by visitors such as me. Photo by Diane Nilan
You can find almost everything in the shopping district of cities and villages. Photo by Diane Nilan
Brightly-lit, well-stocked grocery stores make shopping a pleasure for those of us accustomed to western stores. Photo by Diane Nilan

What I haven’t seen:

slick subdivisions of modern houses, chain stores of any ilk, fast food purveyors, pawn shops, or quick loan stores, to name a few. And I haven’t missed them.

Founder/pres. HEAR US Inc., gives voice & visibility to homeless families & youth, ran shelters, advocate, filmmaker, author, 15 yrs. on US backroads.

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