Monday, April 26, 2010
April 26 marked the 46th anniversary of the Union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar. In other words, the 46th birthday of the state of Tanzania. As you might expect with such a national holiday, the army and the politicians were out in force, and all the offices in Tanzania were closed.
This meant that despite our desire to work and spread the word, Monday also turned into a national holiday for us. I think it is fair to say that the downtrodden Biafra suburb of Dar es Salaam is not the most exciting place to spend your holidays, but there again it is probably memorable at least. Sunset was a beer with the locals on a cliff overlooking Coco Beach, five kilometres away. Thankfully, we didn’t run into any of the 3,101 prisoners that had been pardoned and released from jail on Monday as part of the national holiday celebrations.
Saturday, April 24
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
As I was reliably informed, it takes 24 hours to recover from a scorpion bite. Sure enough, the pain has all but gone as I take breakfast 24 hours later.
We take advantage of REDESO's kind offer to use their office for what we call a 'communication day'. It is vital that we keep up to date with all our blogs, emails and media contacts, but when you are on the road it is sometimes days until you can find decent internet and a place to work.
This is no holiday. Bjorn has been to some amazing places but not done any of the tourist sites. A good example was Cairo - minus the pyramids.
And since I joined him there were no game reserves; no lions and elephants in Kenya. Sadly (for me) there will be no trip to the magical island of Zanzibar from Dar es salaam.
After several hours of blogging two ladies turn up at the office to interview us for one of southern Africa's leading sports channels - Star Sports. I am not entirely sure that they are overly impressed with Bjorn's tales of his trip so far because mid-interview the two ladies start reading a newspaper between themselves. I get the feeling it's a wind up, but it's not :)
Cue film of the two crazy mzungus cycling around outside in the township and our African TV careers advance yet further.
REDESO director Mr Kasaizi kindly takes us to the Tanzanian Football Federation and organises tickets for Sunday's African Confederations Cup match, then we spend the evening in the company of Tanzania's top FIFA-approved Football agent (and owner of Africa Lyon FC), Mehdi.
The man is a top host and treats us to dinner at an excellent Italian restaurant and a couple of beers at one of his favourite clubs before driving us home to the door of our hotel.
Loads more news and photos here:
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