And So Begins Week Four.

Habari, Je Hamjambo


How does one begin a blog update for a week that involved a beaut workshop day, where the students were saw piercing backwards to make latches for cuffs, like 3 weeks before they had never seen a piercing saw, especially with a 3/0 blade, they continue to astound me. Tuesday, a 5am start for a false start, which involved hours getting documents, signed and stamped (40km apart) that proved to be irrevelent, continues further down. The same day spending $USD370.00 for 2 one way airfares to Dar es Salaam, arising at 4-30am Wednesday to meet the shuttle at 5-45am which arrived 35 minutes later. Typical local flight of 1 hour and 10 minutes with snacks arrived in the capital around 9am and cabbed it to town ($1-50) to meet the customs agent, Clemence Francis, a lovely young man.

I soon learned that there had been a multitude of The Goons type of errors and I was being hit for $USD600ish for duty and tax. This triggered an event, which caused my currency card to be blocked for 6 days. Following this, no tools, yet, and 12-½ hour bus trip home on Thursday, which explain the plethora of images and nostalgia for, as you will see from the images:


 I love a sunburnt country,

A land of sweeping plains,

Of ragged mountain ranges,

Of droughts and flooding rains.

I love her far horizons,

I love her jewel-sea,

Her beauty and her terror

The wide brown land for me!

My Country - Poem by Dorothea Mackellar


The images include the hotel room I stayed in in Dar es Salaam, $USD20 per night, the hotel was next to the bus station and I did a bit of light drawing to emphasise the frenetic nature of the place. Tanzania decide to solve the high accident rate of coaches, they banned them from driving at night and speed limited them to 50km, this is why it took a whole day 6am - 6-30pm to travel 650km. Also, it means that some 300+ coaches are trying to board their passengers and leave, all within minutes, frenetic but not chaotic.


There are images of proper geckos, none with pink eyes. It was interesting observing their transparency using the flash.


And, an image of a rather smart South African 2012 Chardonnay which, for $USD8.00 I have a mediumish glass each evening.


I needed red meat, so today I had some Maasai cattle steak, not eye fillet but was okay.


Unfortunately my first glimpse of Kilimanjaro was it shrouded in mist in the late afternoon.

Friday was studio day with 7 students no-one bothered to tell them it was a public holiday, quiet weekend with a trip to Usa markets with my young mate Ima, a street smart young man who aspires to follow in the footprints of Mr Bean, looks like an acting school is also on the cards along with fashion, singing, music and suchlike holistic type culture and art.

It was interesting seeing the mountains of clothing and shoes at the Usa River Saturday markets, which mostly appeared to come from overseas charity bins.


Then the head cold/flu hit and I got sooky.


It was wonderful to be accepted as a teacher of jewellery as part of an extra curricular activity at Arusha’s largest International School. This will begin in mid-January 2017 and will provide necessary funding for the jewellery school as there is surfaced a demand for engagement/wedding rings which we can sell for up to $USD300.00. I’m also looking to start accessing some of the terrific stones her in Tanzania, including Tanzanite.


Off to the Cultural Heritage Art Museum with the students on Thursday, then the Tanz Hand markets with all that has been produced in the last three weeks.


Just about wilting folks, so with these few words and a tinge of regret, I’m off to bed.


Kwaheri Ya Kuonana, Asante Na Wewe Ubaki Salama


Babu Chris












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Comments: 6
  • #1

    Penny (Tuesday, 13 December 2016 16:58)

    Oh Chris. So any adventures,how wonderful and interesting. Love hearing about it and seeing the pics. fantastic jewellery resourceful. Not surprising you're feeling a bit low now with flu, but do hope the tools get there soon and you'll be hopping about as usual and organising classes.
    All goodhere, a bit busy and lots coming on Sunday for xmas get together. You would have been here also, but we'll talk about you in your absence.
    Marcus still hobbling about annd about to get more meds for old man troubles.
    rob is hectic with work and now hisMum is back in hospital....not good.
    Looking forwardto next instalment!
    Love and hugs, Penny

  • #2

    Chris (Tuesday, 13 December 2016 23:02)

    G'day mate (translated = G'day mate), you might be the only one with access to Maasai steak but you're not the only one wilting.....summer is well and truly with us. I'm envious of your sighting of Kilimanjaro but not of the extended bus trip, that must have been punishing on the rear end ! Reading your latest adventure has me thinking that you missed your real calling, move over Bill Bryson ! You're sounding a bit homesick....or is that just the head cold? Lots of activity here in the lead up to Christmas, the town party last Friday...didn't go but sat out the back and witnessed the fireworks, lots of donations coming into the shop and going out again almost as quickly and generally the feeling of good will that flows freely about's nice. We had a red belly black snake in the house a couple of days back, Bryan Irwin was on the job and managed to relocate him (with his head still attached to the rest of his body) to what we hope was a far more attractive place to set up house. I hope your malady is short lived, thanks as always for the lovely pics to illustrate your words. Look after yourself, keep up that medicinal wine and that good humour.

  • #3

    Valerian (Wednesday, 14 December 2016 01:46)

    So fantastic Chris, i'm very interested, motivated

    Great rasta

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