Sights Around Town

It’s never a dull moment in Dar es Salaam.  We see things daily that range from shocking, to beautiful to downright hilarious.  If I’m lucky, I can whip out the camera just in time to document the moment.  Here are a few photos for your viewing pleasure.

More than just a risk, this parking spot is actually risky. Swahili speakers are known for putting the "ee" sound on the end of words (which will be a whole separate blog post).

Speaking of risky...I know the drivers here and this is really not a good idea. We had been in Dar about a week when I snapped this picture, although if I saw it today, I don't think I would look twice.

Hands down, this is my favorite sign in Dar es Salaam. I made Matt take an extra trip around the block just to get this photo. A couple of weeks ago, I saw a watercolor painting of this sign in a tourist shop, so I guess I'm not the only one to find it amusing.

Hands down, this is my favorite sign in Dar es Salaam. A couple of weeks ago, I saw a watercolor painting of this sign in a tourist shop, so I guess I'm not the only one to find it amusing.

There is not a lot that can be said about African clowns crammed in the back of a pickup truck.

This sign is actually in Zanizibar. It translates, "Very Good Restaurant" which leads me to the hypothesis that if you have to name your restaurant "very good" then there might be a problem.

Painted pots in a row at the slipway.

Also, at slipway. I keep thinking any day now, someone is going to climb on that roof and paint the word "SLIPWAY" beside the word "THE," but so far, it hasn't happened. That might have to be my next project.

This one is Matt's favorite. I never thought of putting liquor with a currency exchange, but now that I think about it, it makes good business sense.

More sights at the slipway

A faded dhow boat

Elections were held in October and this is a campaign sign from the ruling (and winning) party. It translates "We promised, We delivered," presumably referring to paved roads? Hmmm...

This got my attention in a jiffy. Had I not seen this tire cover, I would have assumed that there was no planning agency.

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