Hanging in Dar
After one month of travelling – through 4 countries and 14 stops – we are happy to arrive at my old friend Megan’s place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. We spend seven nights in Dar (with a stop in Zanzibar in between), our longest stop so far, enjoying the company of friends, exchanging ideas about travel, and profiting from Megan’s immense knowledge of places to eat.
Tanzania is a cornucopia of options – especially of food and flavours. It starts with the surprise of the hot and crispy potato chip omelette with pili-pili chili sauce at a late night roadside stand in Masasi (when we are expecting a dismal fried egg with soggy fries). Then there is grilled changu (snapper), Mamboz bbq chicken in downtown Dar, chapatti with coconut curry seafood, spiced iced coffee, freshly squeezed juices, coconuts cut open for you on the street, sugarcane, Zanzibar pizza, sweetmeats, the best Indian food we’ve eaten in a while, and salads washed with purified water especially for the expat/tourist. Shops are open from early to late, there is a local duka on every block, and it is easy to get around with the millions of dalla-dallas and bajaji zipping around the city.