We spent our fifth day at the sisters. They offer us since a few days lunch. What they cook is very tasty. However, we eat only vegetarian for more safety. The kids are getting used to us and obviously most of them prefer Nino. She always has nice ideas to entertain them. One of them wants always to stay with me. His name is Osea. I think he suffers of consequences of poliomyelitis. He is however every intelligent and knows quite some English.
On the way to the sisters, the children get as well used to us. They now run to us 2 or 3 times a day to give us five. It is always a lot of fun. Adults are greeting us too. We do not feel anymore like a curiosity but feel slowly accepted. We start making photos of family. Some people do not want to be photographed, however for children it is always a game seeing themselves on the camera once the photo is done 🙂
Since today we go and back exclusively with the bus. It is much cheaper and we dive even deeper in this country. Actually, sometimes I tend to think that this is a kind of paradise. Here you get so many good will and good wishes despite the city seems to frighten many tourists. On my side, going along beaches of 5 stars hotel make me no fun. Such places are similar everywhere and missing such great moments as we live here is really a pity.
Our sixth day is the day where Nino got her new local cloth. We bought local drapery and asked a man working in this poor street leading to the sisters to design a local cloth for Nino. It lasted somehow 4 days and cost 10000 Tsh = 5Euros. Really cheap. The job he made is really good. Today we stayed only half a day at the sisters. We were very tired as we could not sleep very well the previous night. We slept the whole afternoon.
We noticed that the hotel has many insects inside. Hence we decided to move back to our previous hotel. It is much further away from the center but at least we had not seen any insects. Furthermore we have Internet available most of the time. Since we left we could almost never connect as most of the places are closing quite early … and we are back from the sisters quite late. Furthermore we prefer taking a shower before getting out … this leads to quite late hours .. most of the places providing Internet are already closed by then.
We went eating outside to the nice pizza place. Nino is starred at from many many people. With her new cloth she got so many compliments today. It is surprising how people like her style here. I proposed her to apply for Miss Tanzania but she still has some doubts:-) Many women look at her with such a desperate look. I had never seen that. I have to say, women in Tanzania are really beautiful and they have no idea how much success they would have in Europe. Furthermore they are not arrogant at all. Through the way they are looking at Nino, this is for me even a greater compliment that my girl friend is so beautiful … which I fully agree 🙂
Thursday we arrived at our previous hotel. It was like coming back to a known place 🙂 At least we have Internet here and people living in the hotel are nice. The bad point is that we are much further away from restaurants…
Friday, as usual, we took the bus going to Mburahati, the place where the sisters are staying. In the bus, the places close to the driver were free. I took the opportunity to film the street in Dar Es Salaam.See here one of the films:
We like this city really much. There are many people everywhere, it is somehow chaotic but the constant smiling, welcoming and politeness of people is amazing and makes everything so pleasant.
Midday a young man joined us to drink something in the bar we rest where we take our midday pause. This guy just finished studying and was wondering how to start his own business selling hardware. We talked almost an hour together. I explained him how I would do. Added to his own experience he seem to be really interested despite I have no experience in this area. However, it was nice changing ideas. Hearing what people think of our countries. Quite positive about France as we have many people from many cultures.
Our last 2 days at the sisters tired us quite much despite nothing special more happened. On Saturday, it was first day of one week vacation for adolescent living there. 6 Adolescents grew at the sister’s place.
As they had quite many homework to do, I took the opportunity to help one of them. There cultural level is really high. At 12 years old they are supposed to know quite a lot about anatomy, physiology and pathology. Furthermore they are learning physics, mathematics, English, story and even french 🙂
They are at school from 8AM to 3PM. They told me there is no rest day. They are studying all days long. There are 2 month holiday: 1 in December, one in June and 3 spread holiday weeks over the year. Generally speaking, people here are working a lot when they get offered a place to work. Unemployment is unfortunately high. However, the downtown of Dar es Salaam gives the feeling things are changing.
Very last day was much more quit, most of children were at the church. Just a few were still there. We played a little till the ones staying at their place. Then at the end of the morning we left and said good bye to most of people. Leaving we met another couple fighting to adopt a child. Strange enough that adopting a child can sometimes be so complicated. Actually the parents are both teachers, she is from England and he is from Italy. Hence I would say there is no reason to fear anything. But OK this is bureaucracy …
We plan to go and visit another house of the sisters in a village. We may not help much there just saying hello while visiting. We will check all details at the tourism office.