A Gator in Dar Es Salaam

"Ex Africa semper aliquid novi - Out of Africa always something new" -Pliny the Elder

Tuesday, September 20, 2005


After Swahili class today I returned for a siesta and some shopping at the oncampus market where I picked up some water, muffins, and other items. I put some clothes in the bucket with soap and will get them out in the morning to scrub and then dry them. I did not get my new room key but did meet my new roommate, just 2 doors down from where I am now. His name is Daniel and he is a 33 year old engineering student. He, like me is a fan of Manchester United and he has both a tv and computer. Definitely the first of either items I have seen someone personally owning on campus. Oprah was on TV, shes everywhere I guess. I will probably move rooms tommorow and finish up my wash. I got BBC Focus on Africa magazine at the market and would reccomend it to anyone looking for a quarterly look at African news, business, sports, and pretty much whatever else. I listen to the BBC on my radio and they do a great job of covering events from all over the world. I have also started listening to Tanzanian and East African stations. Some play English and some play Swahili and most play both. I have heard 50 Cent(and saw the G-Unit hair cutters while I was in Morogoro). I like the Tanzanian rap, called Bongo Flavor. Dar es Salaam is referred to as BongoLand(Bongo is brain) because one needs a good brain to make it in this large city. The music mixes English and Swahili. I guess that is all for today, my roommate to-be seems nice, certainly a little different (atleast in age) from your typical American college student. Kwa heri,



  • At 9/21/2005 6:33 PM, Blogger Brenda said…

    Matt, Bill and I are so impressed with your writing skills and your amazing experiences. We are learning vicariously, thank you! Keep the info coming. I am sharing your blogs with my students!

  • At 9/21/2005 7:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Do they have McDonalds there? Bowling Alleys? Answer the hard hitting questions Matt.



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