You Know You’re in Tanzania When…(Vol III)

10 October 2008 at 13:50 6 comments

A past fellow to Tanzania, Alec Lovett, posted two blogs on “You Know You’re in Tanzania When…” I’ve posted the links to his blogs and added volume III with my own observations. Enjoy!

http://fellowsblog.kiva.org/2008/03/21/you-know-you-are-in-tanzania-when…/

http://fellowsblog.kiva.org/2008/03/24/you-know-you-are-in-tanzania-when…-vol-ii/

Volume III

1. They say “Hakuna Matata,” which is actually Swahili but it’s still funny.

2. The water stops running in the middle of your shower. (This only applies if you are lucky enough to have running water).

3. You meet someone with a pet monkey.

4. You spend 10 minutes just with greetings.

5. The children point at you and yell “mzungu”.

6. Someone passes you his or her baby to hold in the dala-dala.

7. The dala-dala won’t leave until its full, which means the person on your lap has someone on his or her lap.

8. Half the channels play Bollywood films, which are actually addicting.

9. Women wear crazy colored kangas (traditional fabrics) that don’t match at all.

10. People order beer warm.

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6 Comments

  • […] like to honour a tradition set by past Tanzanian Kiva Fellows (see  posts by Alec Lovett KF4; Jara Small, KF5; and Jennifer Gong, KF9) and share a few of my observations from this crazy and charming country.  […]

  • […] like to honour a tradition set by past Tanzanian Kiva Fellows (see  posts by Alec Lovett KF4; Jara Small, KF5; and Jennifer Gong, KF9) and share a few of my observations from this crazy and charming country.  […]

  • […] in 2008 and later added Vol 2.  Jara Small (KF5) brilliantly added her observations and wrote Vol 3.   In my 90 days here, I’ve been privy to witness some of the unique characteristics of […]

  • 4. Adolf Luhanga  |  31 August 2009 at 06:06

    Plse reply

  • 5. Adolf Luhanga  |  27 March 2009 at 01:34

    Please be fare. Those are not crazy clothes are you claim. They are decent clothes. The are the most decent than what you wear. Can you compare with what you wear when you are in Tanzania?Our kahanga are not crazy.

  • 6. milena08  |  28 November 2008 at 12:19

    This made me laugh very very hard. And cry. I’ll see you soon in Tanzania!


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