If you have been reading me for a while (and I hope you have 😉 ), then you know that I monetize this site through the Amazon Associates program. For those of you who don’t know what that means, it means if you click a link on my site that takes you to Amazon, and you purchase something there, I get a small commission on your purchase. When I first joined the Amazon Associates program, about a year and a half ago, I’d only see a product purchased occasionally. The longer I stay in the program, though, and the bigger … Continue reading What’s Everyone Buying? Tea Masala, Kitchen Appliances & Personal Care Products
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?
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 Shopping: Be My Guide to Your East African City #8
Happy Friday! I hope your work week ended well and that you are all set to have a rocking weekend! Now that we’ve had that break I promised, it’s time to get back to our series. This week, I’d like to know more about buying groceries in your city.
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 counter top. 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. I made a note of the street’s name—Congo Street—and decided I’d have to come … Continue reading Kariakoo Market & Its Environs: Shopping on Congo Street