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March 2013 in Tanzania through the eyes of an Englishman

Bathroom: Most of this is in place, but I don't yet have a water supply to test things with.


31/3/2013 - Another Month Flown By.

Still lots of rain at night, and lots of mud on our building site.

I've done most of the plumbing and installed the bathroom fixtures in unit 1, and now I am working on the kitchen area. I've got the sink in place, so when the shops open again after Easter I will be able to finish the plumbing and make some sort of temporary connection to our existing water supply.

We have been set back in our progress because the immigration people here hauled me in and told me that for the last two years I had been staying here with a forged residence permit. Once we'd explained how we got it, they seemed reasonably convinced that this was not something of my doing, and I'm hoping that I'll get another permit in due course. However they stung me for $600 for a 'special pass' to legalize my status, and that had to come out of the building fund. If I don't get another residence permit here, I've no idea what I'll do.

Baby T seems to be coming along well with Adia feeling quite a lot of activity. I need to start playing Mozart and Bach.

Basic: A simple inexpensive sandwich that works pretty well.

A basic sandwich.

22/3/2013 - Oh Dear.

The rainy season is now well established, politely doing most of its thing during the night. Then though, the noise made by a heavy downpour on a sheet metal roof can easily wake you.

I have been extraordinarily lazy about keeping up with BEV lately. To quote from long ago "it's just a silly phase I'm going through", 10cc I think - see for instance BEV January 2004. It may get better, or it may get worse.

This is not to say that I have been idle. We have made quite a lot of progress on the new small house. The bathroom plumbing and major fittings are in place, and we're in the process of organizing the landscaping in front of it. I'll try and take some pics tomorrow and expand on that.

I just made and ate an experimental sandwich. It was sufficiently tasty that I'll describe it. You just need some peanut butter, mayonnaise, and a couple of pieces of garlic. Spread one piece of bread with peanut butter, and the other with mayonnaise. Chop the garlic into thin slices and arrange relatively evenly on one piece or the other - that's the slow bit. Sprinkle the result with salt and pepper, then slap them together, and there you are. Costs next to nothing, and tastes pretty good!

Tiling: The current stage of the new house development.


7/3/2013 - March.

The weather in February was unusually hot, but now it seems to be working itself up to an early rainy season.

Adia's bump is growing steadily, and all seems to be well. I guess sometime soon she'll be going for another scan, so then we'll have more information

The desktop computer that I have worked on for some time died yesterday, so I've switched over to using my laptop. The latter has a somewhat smaller screen, but its OK, and the keyboard is much better. I'll open the box and see if it's just something silly like a loose connection later.

I've been fiddling with the TECNO N3 smart phone, and have finally succeeded in getting it rooted. It's a computer goddamn it, and I paid for it, so I want admin rights more as a matter of principle than anything else. My primary aim is to kill the horrid sounds it makes when it starts up and shuts down. Also of course I can now back-up the system, so I might try something like installing a more recent version of Android.

The house in the new compound is getting its floor tiles this week. So far they're looking pretty good. Once that is done I can attack the bathroom and then work out what I'm going to do in the kitchen area.

I'll have to take it steady though, since I have yet another joint injury. I was doing some heavy chiseling a week ago, and caused something like tennis elbow, where my elbow joint is painful and my lower arm swollen. It's improving now, but I don't want it back.

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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.

At about the same time I had the ridiculous idea of extending BEV backwards to cover the years 1942 to 2002. So far I have got to 1975. For the years 2003 - 2012, choose a year/month from the tool bar, or go to the archive page. For 1942 - 1975, choose a year or go to the retrospective page.

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Adia's Place now has On-Line Booking. Please feel free to check it out. It may not be 100% yet, but if you get a confirmation email then it's a safe bet that we got your booking.

In the short term we will re-confirm.

If you have done all the usual tourist destinations, then make a leap and discover Africa! Come and visit Arusha, Tanzania.

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Please feel free to contact us. We can tell you about hotels, facilities, prices of basics, etc.

We now have very pleasant bed and breakfast rooms available at $20 per night. The Old Cottage and the South House are also available for longer term visitors.

Studying in Arusha?

Some of the major study centres in Arusha are at Njiro. There, you'll find the Arusha Institute of Accountancy, ESAMI, and TRAPCA.

If you are not happy with the accommodation there, you are only a 5 minute drive from - a secure haven of tranquillity with African food like your mother cooked for you. Price is competitive with the on-campus accommodation.

Just call Adia - 0762 442888 - and she'll come and get you and show you her place. You won't regret it!

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