I collected some topics that became part of my lifestyle during my Social Sabbatical:
- Eat: cuisine tells you a lot about the culture (who are the frequent visitors, be expats, tourists, who you make business and trade with). Tanzania has its own style of meals. Personally I really liked that you can meet BBQ places here and there if you walk in the town. As there is an Asian influence on the country, I tried some of their food, my all winner is Tal Datka.
- Beer: Safari, Kilimanjaro, Serengeti — for me the last one takes it all.
- Gym: there are gyms in town and you can see jogging people frequently. The military used to do its daily running exercise on the street, while singing. I usually chose the hotel’s gym which was pretty well equipped.
- Commute: daladala (minibus), tuktuk, motorbike as a passenger and taxi cars.
- Time: I usually leave my analog watch on home time when traveling in different time zone. In such a long period of time it confused me so I took my watch off.
- If you get sick, know how to be sick — rest. Anyway AAR clinic in Arusha provides a pretty fast and professional medical service.
- Evening talks: discussing light topics (how to cook beef) and heavier ones (politics, migration) with diverse critical thinking citizens from around the world (China, Germany, Romania, India, Hungary, Belgium, Brazil, USA) extends the way you approach things around you.
- Speak: learning the basics of the local language, Swahili, can always make your local contacts smile while dealing with you. Habari za jiyoni!
- Laundry: is a useful service. I got all my clothes back and clean.
- You can observe the stars very easily in the evenings as there is barely any light pollution even in towns.
I took a short break. I got sick and then recovered. If you travel, chances are higher you catch something bad. As I rested for a few days, I recommend to catch up my colleague’s blogs here and here and here to see some cultural insight to Masai Bomas and stunning dawn photos on a weekend safari.
Now we are heading towards the end of the 4 weeks assignment and handing over the project deliverable materials to our clients. But my travel story will not end here, stay tuned ;)