Life Without

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We are getting used to living without. Our house is great but Tanzanian life is laid back and even though water filters have been requested and chased up there are still none. Other things are missing; no broom or dust pan, no plug for the bath or sink; no waste bin; no bath mat; no laundry basket.
This afternoon we have been into Mwanza and raided the shop for some of these essentials. We carried back (we have no car) a number of items but need to return tomorrow for more Having said this, we have now got two extra desks for the kids to word at and the electric hot plate on the otherwise gas cooker is now wired in.
In spite of all of this we are surprisingly getting used to living without a number of things; no TV (for the moment); no car; a more limited diet (much less meat).
Many of these are quite healthy. Part of me wonders if we will need a TV package at all – we have a host of DVD’s and access to the internet ( I knew about MK Dons v Man U as it was happening courtesy of Facebook). As for a car, we are debating whether we need one – there is a lot to be said for the health benefits of walking and local transport seems good. We are going to see, certainly in the short term there is no reason and it’s helping us to explore the city.
Compared to the vast majority of our neighbours we are immensely well off and it is churlish to complain. We do really need those water filters though!

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6 responses to “Life Without

  1. Habari za asubuhi,
    I am enjoying your blog very much as I prepare to begin my one year assignment in Mwanza. About a month away! I am coming from the states (Minnesota)….

    I am wondering if I could ask a few questions? Curious about whether I can purchase there:
    power cord adapters, coffee maker, iron, rain shoes & jacket, small rugs for house.

    Also, you mentioned going somewhere that cameras can’t go…can you elaborate?

    Asante sana!!


    • Bethin,

      you can get all that you ask for in Mwanza – in fact yuo can get almost anything here if you knowwhere to look – there are lots of small dukas (shops) selling electronics goods, street markets with rugs, shoes. Probably you will want to get a rain coat before you come as the quality here may be lacking – to be honest I rarely wear one – even in rainy season it rains for a short time in the day. I have know knowledge of the camera comment – even in my earliest posts so can’t elaborate on that one – in truth not had any problems with photography here other than I don’t take photos of people / the street in any obvious way – usually camera around my neck and subtly clicked – with some good results. Hope this helps – later blogs give a more developed view of life here – rather than the initial impressions of Autumn (Fall) 2014.


  2. Really awesome..makes me homesick (well I’m from neighbouring Kenya)


  3. Yep, I’m sure we can veg recipe provide! Glad things are getting sorted. Internet was key so that’s a big tick 🙂


  4. O the attractions of the simple life! Good to see the photos of your surroundings!

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  5. You’ll become a vegetarian yet!! sure Fiona can give you a few recipes. A much simpler life and that has to be good.

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