Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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July 3rd, 2009

@rhamdu Yes, I am indeed tired. The hotel staff are impressed we did Dar-Mwanza-Dar in 4 days. Thomas is an excellent driver.

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@kcarruthers Hey, we just drove PAST that pub! Nevertheless, the Saturnight Bar in Dodoma…

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Since I was spending so much time on the road, the longer blog posts and photos will follow during the coming weeks.

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@alanjlee We went on safari in a Toyota Hilux tray top. 5 of us in it, 2 in front, 3 in back. Pics to come.

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Back in Dar es Salaam, back at the hotel, back on the internets, back to… something.

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6.50pm. Arr ActionAid’s Dar es Salaam office to collect some items. The night air smells of the sea.

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After days in poorer rural areas, Dar es Salaam’s well-scrubbed elite come as a shock.

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Taking a shortcut to avoid traffic, we emerge from 4WD-only back lanes tn emerge suddenlx near the university.

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32km from the centre of Dar es Salaam. The Cool White Pub is painted yellow and blue.

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The Mashaallah line decorates its buses with huge portraits of Yassar Arafat.

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At Mikese village, we buy 10kg bags of ripe tomatos for about $5.

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180km to Dar es Salaam.

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I’ve been miskeying “Morogoro” this afternoon. We’re now passing said tnwn.

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Burnt-out petrol tanker at the roadside.

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I think I just saw my first little tractor, by a rich vegetable field 46km short of Moroboro. Wealth!

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Another MP roars past, eager to be back in Dar es Salaam for the weekend. Parliament in dusty Dodoma must be worse than Canberra.

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I’m told the official open road limit is 80km/h. Nothing actually travels that slowly.

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An MP in a black Landcruiser passes us at high speed. We’re doing 140km/h as it i… um, actually, no, forget that.

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Better country here. Healthy-looking vegetebles in roadside village markets.

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Seeing the country on the return journey, noticing many more details. So, in the hills 110km short of Mornboro…

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Albert stops for lunch at a roadside meat stall. Young lad tries to sell me live chickens. They are good chickens.

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1pm. Leaving Dodoma. Leaving the dusty streets for the highway. Dar es Salaam is 4 to 5 hours drive.

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Almost midday. We’re about to gather, although I don’t think the 4WD has returned yet.

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Updated Dopplr to reflect my actual itinerary in Tanzania. Unless it changes again. http://bit.ly/svEoJ

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@nickhac Would giving money directly to individuals be the best, strategically, I wonder? Some poverty-break tasks are bigger picture.

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New blog post (yes, hurrah!): “The Poverty Web” http://bit.ly/Zjgut Before we can have computers…

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Fri plan (D7): Some writing, while I can; drive from Dodoma to Dar es Salaam; dinner with ActionAid Italy team.

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At least one plastic container of oil didn’t survive the 70km dirt track. The cargo tray is awash. But it smells nice.

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A brief time for reflection as our driver Thomas sorts out tyre repairs and cleans the sunflower oil from the back of the 4WD.

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@FiBendall Modern gold mining isn’t about visible nuggets. It’s about extracting just one gram of gold from each ton of rock.

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Bother. Missed my call from @R_Chirgwin to record “A Series of Tubes”. He’s a smart man and will phone back. ;)

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Emerges. It’s 0800 in Dodoma, and my room has a balcony overlooking a dusty street, the highway and the airstrip.

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There should be no “k” in the last tweet.

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@mpesce But… important safety tip.. usually the 500ml beers cost just TZS 1300k, or about AUD 1.20.

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@mpesce I am safe and well back in Dar es Salaam tonight. Have some training to conduct tomorrow.

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It seems @R_Chirgwin has devoted the entire “A Series of Tubes” podcast to my chat about Project TOTO! http://bit.ly/5rh5X

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