|Tue 27 May 2003|
Got to DAR just before 7am this morning. Pouring with rain, 23 degrees, so very humid. Decided it was worth paying a bit extra to fly across with Precision Air than having the bother of minding too much luggage at the ferry port and ended up being taken for a local resident and only charged USD29 - best of both worlds.
I arrived safely and moved into my room for the next two months. My friend Salim has made a good effort making it pleasant. It's large with a double bed and a mosquito net. There's also a desk, chair and small table. In an outer room there's a couple of plates, cups and glasses; and an enormous bucket of water and a washing up bowl. The toilet is on the same landing and appears to be newly built. It's the hole in the ground variety but with a flush. In the same room there's a shower pipe (with no rose) which floods the floor (by design). I think it'll be fine but I'll have a few nights there before deciding.
Salim has brought me a CD tuner (with one speaker and no aerial.) which works fine now I've jammed a piece of old mains cable into the aerial socket. Anyway I can only get 3 stations on AM and they're all in Swahili.
I read in the paper that a British firm is setting up business here selling
second hand TVs CDs etc so
that's where all the old unwanted HiFi in UK is off to.
Wandered around the market with Salim and bought a few more things. I wanted a mirror and decided a wooden frame would be nice. The idea developed and I was taken on a scooter somewhere out of town to a workshop where a guy was making minature Zanzibar door frames - idea being to open the doors and see the mirror. He would have it ready by the following day.
|Tue 27 May 2003|