writings on the wall


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Urban transport dreams

African cities are walking cities, but are they walkable? ‘No’ was the immediate answer that came to my mind, but the title of the Walkonomics/This Big City blog post made me curious enough to read more. According to it, walking is “the most popular form of transport” in urban Africa. Realistic enough, there are millions … Continue reading


“Foleni” is the Swahili word for traffic jam, and it is used daily. I know I wrote about the traffic chaos that ensues every afternoon when I catch the daladala home – yesterday it only took me 1½ hours! – so I’ll let someone else talk about the organised mess now instead (and prove my … Continue reading

What’s the story, morning glory?

It’s not even 9pm and I’m feeling ready to go to bed. When I first heard that work will start at 7:15 here, I was mildly shocked. I am definitely no morning person and love to sleep until at least 11am if I get the chance. To my surprise though, I got used to the … Continue reading

Nimechoka kungoja highway

Traffic jams in Dar es Salaam are a chapter of their own. Getting from home to work, which is about 10 kilometres, can take anything from 20 minutes to 3 hours, depending on the time of the day. When I finish work at 3.30pm, the traffic is supposedly not that bad yet so that getting 5 … Continue reading

Karibu Tanzania!

It was a long way down, but now I’m here! London was cosy as always, still feels like I’m coming home anytime the plane approaches Heathrow and when I sit down among my fellow Londoners on the tube. Met up with some friends and emptied half of Boots during my 24h long transit through London-town. From … Continue reading

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