Business in Dar es Salaam
Time to get down to some business in Dar es Salaam!
After a night of restful sleep, I made my way to the breakfast area. It was a large area with a bar, tables and a swimming pool. My eyes quickly glanced passed the many faces but could not find my colleagues, so I took a seat.
Early Breakfast Surprise
A long table, decorated with a variety of plates displaying delicious food, stood to the one side of the breakfast area. I carefully selected a croissant, a few pieces of fruit and poured myself a cup of coffee. This was going to be a wonderful, light breakfast. As I took the last bite of croissant the waiter asked what I would like to order. Until then I had assumed that you either eat from the menu or eat from the buffet, but I was wrong. Despite my already satisfied appetite, I selected a layered pancakes and bacon breakfast from the menu
The pancakes had an odd, but not bad, taste and the bacon was crispy; and to top it off a light syrup oozed over the pancake and bacon layers. I immediately asked for a coffee refill and dug in, excited about my choice.
My colleagues finally joined us, each selecting their breakfast and we continued to speak of the day’s plans. Today we would be doing a site inspection and following up on some work completed the past few months.
Stringy Chicken and a Tuk-Tuk Ride
We worked through lunch to finish as much as we could but would still have to go back the next morning. Hunger tumbled in our bellies and we wandered through the Mlimani City mall and stumbled upon a restaurant by the name Mary Brown’s. It was evidently a chicken restaurant, so we stepped in and order two burgers and drinks.
As I took the first bit of my burger, I notice a strange stinginess but assumed it was the cheese and pulled away. To my shock there is no cheese on the burger and strange strings extend from the chicken before snapping off. Slightly nervous and uncertain, I notice the same observation in my colleagues burger, shrug it off and continue to eat my stringy chicken burger. I quickly drink my Pepsi only to realize it had ice in afterwards. Dread fills me as I recall a lady’s voice telling me to stay away from any ice in Tanzania. Laughter erupts from within me and I explain the situation to my colleagues, only to laugh even more at his expression of shock and disgust. All in all the lunch wasn’t too bad but I probably won’t be going back soon.
Minutes later we wait outside for our Uber but he is nowhere to be found. We approach a tuk-tuk and convince him to take us to our hotel, a good 10km away.
The ride is bumpy and quite interesting. We see many odd places and almost drown in one of the lake-sized potholes, but finally we pull up at the hotel and pay the driver the agreed price.
I was able to steal a few minutes to take some photos.
How often do you do business in another country?
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Sorry about the delay, I’ve been distracted lately and my post suffered for it. This post is only the first part of our second day. I got a bit carried away and wrote a very long piece, so I decided to split it into two posts and retain some of the detail. Up next is a wonderful dinner and some karaoke.
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