Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

To find the treasures washed up on the beach you have to look from above.

Shells picked up during a walk on South Beach  Dar Es Salaam  from above.

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The L List Living:Paradise Found!

Day five Dar es Salaam : 3 November 2012

Imagine bumping along a small dusty road seemingly on the way to nowhere. Suddenly, a gate and  a red clad Masaai complete with a vicious looking knife appears to open it. He takes off at a trot beckoning us to follow him through the bush. The path opens and there it is, a big yellow and blue house sitting on the edge of a cliff with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean.

The house known as The Bean due to its shape, is situated on the farm Ras Kiroko and boasts its own stretch of unspoilt beach. After unpacking, we walk to the beach down a steep winding footpath through dense bush, past a sign proclaiming Danger Python Crossing! The path suddenly opens spilling us unto the deserted beach.

The house is well equipped and relies solely on solar and windpower for all its electricity needs. The windows have only mosquito mesh to let in the fresh sea  breeze.

We spent a few days here relaxing, swimming, walking along the beach,gathering beautiful shells and enjoying the company of our family.

This weekend was the last of our stay in Tanzania. We will however be back next year to explore more of this country.

Truly a paradise found! 

The L List Living : Ferry Fever

Later on day four, Dar es Salaam : 2 November 2012

My husband and I leave the Fishmarket  clutching our prize tuna in a plastic bag  and hurries along the long queue of cars, busses, Bjajs, motorcycles and pedestrians untill we reach our daughter’s car. Relieved we  get into the airconditioned interior as the air outside is heavy with humidity and heat lies like a blanket  over the city. The cars move slowly ahead and then we can see the entrance to the ferry . Here the cars are directed into four lanes with an extra lane for bjajs and motorcycles. To me it seems chaotically busy, but according to my daughter it is not busy yet as we are early enough to  miss the peak traffic.

At the gate we pay for the car and three passengers. All passengers have to disembark from their cars and enter the ferry on foot to prevent overloading. Along the queue of cars people are selling their wares ranging from small packets of peanuts and sweets, ice cream and  fruit and the ever present luke warm soft drinks.We buy a few packets of peanuts from two small boys ( about 7 years of age )  and eventually give their peanuts back telling them to keep the money.This causes great joy and big smiles all round!

At last we reach the front and can enter the ferry. We find a spot in the middle of the throng of cars and wait for the crossing to start. My husband explores the ferry on foot while my daughter and I wait patiently in the car. The crossing takes about five  minutes but the whole excercise can  take up to three hours.

The ferry is a necessity as the sea forms a deep channel  here between the north and south sides of the city and is the only way for people living on one side and working on the other to reach their destination. This deep channel is the  entrance to the harbour and allows access to the big container ships.

To understand the layout of the ferry crossing better click here: Ferry crossing

The ferry seen from the approach road