This was our first Christmas away from family and without blustery weather typical of the East Coast & Midwest of the United States. We spent it at Mikadi Beach Camp, in Kigamboni, which is just South of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. They had a lovely Christmas tree made of a metal frame with little lights, springs of tropical evergreens alongside bird of paradise flowers, and ornaments crafted with coral and seashells. There was even a star on top, but unfortunately it got cut off of the photo below.
We boarded the TAZARA (Tanzania Zambia Railway) and traveled for 2.5 days all the way from Kapiri Mposhi, Zambia, to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Following are some views from the train...
There was a Zambian family in a nearby compartment. At one point, the father was with his young (6 yrs?) son, Wope, looking out the window, showing him the villages.
Wope asked, "What's a village?"
Dad replied, pointing, "That's a village. It has goats, and mangoes, and bananas, and little boys like you."
To this, Wope looked up nervously at his father and said, "But I don't want a village!"
At every stop, there were women and children selling all sorts of things to passengers through the train windows--water, fruits & vegetables, rice, potatoes, nshima, snacks, even perfume and clothing and toys. We bought rolls, boiled eggs, mangoes and bananas for our breakfasts. Some people even bought the whole huge bunches of bananas--like those seen above.
Author: Molly & Ryan Dowell Baum
Created: July 26, 2010
"We are the scatterlings of Africa/On a journey to the stars/Far below, we leave forever/Dreams of what we were ..." -Johnny Clegg
The Dowell Baum Team is at home in Kitwe.