We had a friend over for a 6pm dinner, later than usual for us, but very early for him. Like, 3 hours early. It is not unusual for Tanzanians to eat dinner at 9pm. While it is a symptom of modern life, and the pace and busyness at which middle-class […]
We were at a dinner for TAFES Associates in Dodoma, when we were offered goat intestine soup. We tried it of course, and it was not bad, even the furry bits – definitely better than the fried goat liver I’d eaten for breakfast in a village the previous weekend! We […]
Not long ago I visited my friend Lizzy and her 6 week old baby at her home. I only found out she has been pregnant when she sent me a message to tell me that she had had a baby girl! This is a woman I had seen just about […]
Part of the narrative of modern-day Africa is that it is all changing so fast. Working at a university and living in a university town, we get to see some of that change. Expats who were in Dodoma 10 years ago tell me that they owned one of the few […]
‘Oh, this is amazing!’ I said to my sister Jess as I took a sip of my chocolate milkshake with real Flake bits in it. In honour of her visit, we were visiting the new (only?) cafe in town, at the big fancy hotel. She turned to me and said, […]
Some Vegemite arrived in the post recently, thanks to a generous supporter, and we figured it was a good opportunity to try it out on our Tanzanian friends. We were surprised that they loved it! Cheese, on the other hand, earned polite distaste.
The arrogance of Melbournians never ceases to amaze me. They consistently and forcefully state that Melbourne is the best city in the world, often with very little data to compare it to or experiences of living elsewhere. However, almost three years down the track, I almost have a soft spot […]