Category Archives: Culture

Be My Guide to Your East African City #4: What’s Your Favorite Art Gallery/Museum?

Hi again! Judging from the number of responses I got to my last post, it seems that you, my readers, are not avid frequenters of spas. Thank you, Atiya Sumar (of Groovy Cup, a cozy cafe in Masaki, Dar es Salaam), for sharing your favorite spa—Coconut Spa in Zanzibar–which sounds truly heavenly! Now, let’s move on to the next question…

Contemporary Dance Festival: Visa 2 Dance

Update: The Visa 2 Dance Contemporary Dance Festival is now known as  Time 2 Dance. One of the events I’ve most enjoyed attending in Dar es Salaam is, without a doubt, the Visa 2 Dance Contemporary Dance Festival. If you live in Dar es Salaam and have never heard of Visa 2 Dance (like a friend recently told me despite his having lived in Dar es Salaam for the past thirteen years), then you are who I write this post for. I won’t be roundabout; I’ll get right to it. What Is the Visa 2 Dance Contemporary Dance Festival? Visa 2 … Continue reading Contemporary Dance Festival: Visa 2 Dance

Kanga Sayings

For as long as I can remember, I have always been a great lover of kanga, the East African cotton fabric with bold designs, bright colors, and a Swahili saying, aphorism, or slogan printed along its bottom border. If you’ve ever seen children wearing kanga wrapped around their bodies and tied behind their necks, then you have a perfect picture of me as a child. If you were to drop by my house unannounced today and I didn’t have a chance to run and change into something “decent”, then chances are you would find me in a kanga, though this … Continue reading Kanga Sayings

Bridal Shower & Kitchen Party Stories

Hi…so did you miss me these past three weeks? Please excuse the silence—it’s just that I got caught up in a flurry of activity related to a cousin’s wedding. You know how weddings can be…but how so exciting! This wedding was particularly exciting for me because it was the first truly Tanzanian wedding I was attending in 18 years. On top of being a great opportunity to catch up with the Tanzanian side of my family, I was looking forward to this wedding because I knew it would offer me a chance to attend some typically Tanzanian wedding functions for the … Continue reading Bridal Shower & Kitchen Party Stories