dear all,
Gareth and Floyd went straight out to the exotic island Zanzibar, where they are doing a dive course, and I stayed in this bustling town to help with the bike service and enjoy the city.

As I walked to the internet this morning I was following a Masai man in his traditional reddish wrap around gear carrying a spear, the streets are vibrant and full of action with most people calling to me “habari” or “Hi Miss” or “you need taxi”. Most of the locals in this inner city area now recognise me and have stopped the harrassing behaviour that make being a tourist hard work. Many ask about the motorbike too.
The street markets are full of live chickens and all sorts of exotic vegetables and gorgeous fruit, pineapple, pawpaw, passionfruit,and banana were all on my breakfast plate. Many of the women are in the Muslem garb some fully covered with flashing dark eyes the only sign of a hidden passion for life. Yes eyes do reveal a lot and you can see them smile at you.
I’m off to Zanzibar to meet up with Gareth today. I’ve heard it is a tourist mecca with clean white beaches and first class accommodation but no doubt it won’t have the vibe of life that I’ve found on these filthy streets.
Lots of love from Dar Es Salaam

3 Responses to Dar-ling

  1. Di and Daryl McKee August 14, 2007 at 12:40 pm #

    You are doing something I always wanted to but do not have the courage – Africa has held a fascination for me for years heightened by reading Karen Blixen( Isaak Dinesen’s books) I guess it is partly due to misinformatioin – as stated by Gareth in his last 2 talks with Paul – maybe we will get brave after hearing of your adventures
    We off to US Sept to do rallies /fiestas again You have to see Albuquerque once in your life
    Meantime this one of my favourite passages from “Out of Africa””
    If I know a song of Africa, of the giraffe and the African new moon lying on her back, of the plows in the fields and the sweaty faces of the coffee pickers, does Africa know a song of me? Will the air over the plain quiver with a color that I have had on, or the children invent a game in which my name is, or the full moon throw a shadow over the gravel of the drive that was like me, or will the eagles of the Ngong Hills look out for me?”
    Safe travels ———–

  2. John Wuts Napier August 14, 2007 at 1:01 pm #

    Jo, Thanks for keeping us in touch. Safe riding!

  3. Richard Tustin August 15, 2007 at 10:39 pm #

    I have just read Gareths article in response to Lisa Cescon on your website and as a South Africa, living in NZ, I couldn’t agree more with Gareth’s opinion and Lisa’s blinkers ! It infuriates me to see organsiations like World Vision pouring cash into Africa and in actual fact destroying the very soul of the people they proclaim to help. Dark Star Safari is a good read and an eye opener. For all that Africa has a certain magic about it and I am sure you are experiencing it albeit a little too quickly ! Africa has its own heart beat and you need to relax into it. Take care.

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