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Dar es Salaam Buses – Mirror of Life

sarah_markes_bajajaiIn Dar es Salaam there are buses, minibuses, taxis, motorbikes and three-wheelers (bajaj) – all available to transport the public. But for moving large number of people there are basically just the large buses. Always painted in the colors of where they come from and where they go with the terminal stations stenciled onto the colors: “Posta”, “K/Koo”, “M/Mbusho” or “M/Rangi” (find a map with some Dar bus stands). And they have curly writing on the side: “City Bus” it says.

For a fare of TZS 400 (USD 0.20) you get to see a lot of the city.  Yet the passengers complain about the high prices. Continue reading Dar es Salaam Buses – Mirror of Life

The Epic Race of Population vs. Economy

Let’s do a little thought experiment to visualize the challenges faced by many developing countries. Imagine a country with a population growth of 5% and economic growth of 3% per year. The standard of living in year 0 would be 100%. Where would that country be after twenty years?

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Getting an Apartment in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Things are a bit different here in Tanzania. While the apartments are furnished they are lacking the most basic things, such a bedsheets, drinking glasses, water cooker, cleaning material. Apparently that’s how the international community wants it. For me it will be forced spending into Tanzania’s economy, which is good and everything I buy will stay here, which is even better for the local community. Continue reading Getting an Apartment in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania