Category Archives: Shopping

Be My Guide to Your East African City #10: What’s the Best Bargain or Vintage Shopping Place?

So… it seems you didn’t have much to say about clothing stores in your East African city, or maybe you just couldn’t settle on a favorite one. Given that most women (at the very least) enjoy shopping, this should have come as a bit of a surprise to me. Frankly, I wasn’t very surprised though. If you my readers are anything like most of the East African residents that I know in person, then…well, you don’t really do most of your clothes shopping in stores locally. Am I right?

Shopping: Be My Guide to Your East African City #8

I’ll just come right out and say it: I am not one of those women who loves shopping. Yes, I like having new duds, but the process of shopping for them is often more tedious than I’d like. First, there’s the matter of finding a store which stocks apparel that I care for. Then, there’s the whole issue of finding the right size which–when you have a Western Ugandan figure like mine with a bottom half that’s a different size from your top half–can prove to be a real feat. Then, there’s trying things on. With most stores in East … Continue reading

Kariakoo Market & Its Environs: Shopping on Congo Street

I first became aware of Congo Street in Kariakoo, Dar es Salaam on a shopping trip with my mother, who was looking for granite slabs for her new kitchen countertop. Luckily, on that first foray into hectic Kariakoo, I was pleasantly shielded from the chaos because I was in an air-conditioned car. I really wasn’t paying much attention—my main goal that day was to hang out with my mother—but when we passed a street with HOT clothes hanging from every storefront, my attention was aroused.

Mlimani City Cinema & A Guide to What Else You Can Find at Mlimani City Mall

Mlimani City (Cinema, stores, and more) Sam Nujoma Rd. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania According to the plaque at its main entrance, Dar es Salaam’s Mlimani City Mall turned 3 years old last Saturday. Happy Belated Birthday, Mlimani City—this one is for you! Mlimani City was Dar es Salaam‘s first real mall. Housed all on one floor, Mlimani City Mall is smaller than many other malls found in neighboring countries, such as The Village Market in Kenya or Garden City in Uganda, but still, this mall packs a punch! Let me give you an idea of what you can find at Mlimani … Continue reading

Mr Price Kenya, Mr Pice Mlimani City / Mr Price Dar Es Salaam & What You Can Expect to Find There

If you chanced upon this post looking for the Mr Price Kenya catalogue, you can find out more about that here. Otherwise, read on to find out more about Mr Price across East Africa. I can still remember the day when I first became aware of the existence of Mr Price Kenya. The year was 2007. I was driving along Ngong Road in Nairobi near Prestige Plaza. I looked up to see a huge banner announcing the opening of a home furnishing store called Mr Price Home at the Westgate Centre in Westlands. I found the idea of a home … Continue reading

How to Make Your Sleeping Mattress Both Firm and Fluffy

I’ve recently been told by people close to me that I am rigid. The first time I heard this, I was shocked and sure that the person I was talking to had it all wrong. On second thought, though, I see where these people could be coming from. About certain things in my life, I see no compelling reason to compromise (at least not for the most part) and so, in these areas, I stick to running my life exactly as I see fit. One such area of my life is sleep. Keep reading to find out more about something … Continue reading

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