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August 2013 in Tanzania through the eyes of an Englishman

Alicia: Looking somewhat surprised, but straight at you as she has done from hour 1.


6/8/2013 - August.

And then there were three. Life now revolves around little Alicia. She's basically a good baby, in that she behaves rather predictably. When she's hungry she cries, then when she's fed, she sleeps. Sometimes after she has fed, she'll socialize for a while before sleeping. You can't ask more of a child her age (18 days).

During the day, when she goes to sleep, she is put in her Serengeti cot. At night she sleeps in our bed between us. I would prefer the cot, but the complications and added risk of two mosquito nets has convinced me otherwise. She's not a lot of trouble to me anyway - I seem to be able to sleep through most of it (cries of 'Typical man!') I'm guessing that it won't be too long before she only wakes once in the night - foolish guess, tempting providence!

I said on the night she was born that she looked me straight in the eye, and I was told that it wasn't possible. But she has done the same thing consistently since, so I still hold my view.

Adia is of course permanently exhausted. Too little sleep, and too many duties. I'm not a big contributor, I cook for myself, and for any guests who need feeding. Adia's mum is still here, and she is mostly cooking for Adia. But the regular cycle of feed, wait for baby's sleep, half sleep yourself waiting for baby signals, change nappy, feed, and so on, must be very wearing when it's your first time, or indeed, any time.

On a more Mundane note, about a week ago, the deck of our new bridge on the road to Njiro was cast in heavily reinforced concrete. Most of the shuttering has now been removed. Today another backhoe appeared, this time a track-laying one, and of more recent vintage. This I presume will be used to fill in the large gaps now left on each side of the bridge. From what I can gather, the current contractor will fill up to the level of the deck, and we may then be allowed to drive over it. Construction of a tarmac road is then supposed to follow.

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Brits Eye View is the personal blog of a 70 year old Englishman - Steve Teale, started in January 2003. It's currently about life in Arusha (Tanzania), and previously in Bangalore, Manhattan, and the Bronx. It deals with life in general, building a house, food and drink, computer programming, opinion on current affairs, 20th century history, and so on. It may give you some insight into what life is like in 'the third world', or encourage you to visit Tanzania.

I started playing with it in January 2003, when I was living in Manhattan. At the time I felt I was going nowhere, and exposing the details of my life could be no worse than not. Almost immediately I changed partners, and quickly recognized that while I might be prepared to live in a goldfish bowl, other's weren't.

The same year I lost my job - recession, exhausted my NY State unemployment benefits, and got a job in India. Consequently a large proportion of BEV was written in Bangalore. India was OK, but I could not see what I was going to do there when I retired.

This uncertainty was resolved when I met my current partner Adia in 2006. She was a Tanzanian, studying law in India, so I came Tanzania in 2007. Here we have built a house, and made new friends. The rest, you can read on BEV.

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