Saturday, October 25, 2008


1.Despite the heat, dress here is modest. Men are never seen in shorts, only long pants are worn. You would also never see a man without a shirt.

2.Women do not wear shorts or pants. They only wear skirts, dresses or wraps.

3.A person may have an email address, but almost no one owns a computer. They must go to an internet cafe for computer access.

4.The availability of cell/mobile phones has taken telecommunications from 500,000 people to 10,000,000 people.

5.People here in Tanzania drive on the left side of the road. Make sure to look right when you cross the street.

6.Despite the fact that Tanzania is a coffee growing country, most people do not drink coffee but instead drink tea (The English have clearly left their mark). When they do drink coffee, it is often instant; go figure.

7.When you fill out forms at the bank, government forms, or even a hotel guest register, there is a spot to fill in your tribe. (I'm still trying to figure out which one I belong to).

8.Tanzania has over 120 tribes who live together in peace, however, things are not as harmonious between the Tanzanians and the large populations of Indians and Arabs.

9.Kiswahili (Swahili) is the national language here, however, almost all business dealings are done in English.

10.The Tanzania Shilling (TSH) is the country's monetary unit, however, US Dollars are often the monetary unit requested and sometimes even required.

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