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May 2013 in Tanzania through the eyes of an Englishman

The Pit: Progress is frighteningly slow.

The Pit.

27/5/2013 - Extreme Tardiness.

Yes, I have been lazy, nothing from the 9th to the 27th! I have had my nose into an IDE and Google, learning more about Android software development.

So what has happened? Well Adia's bump grows by the day, and baby T is quite active. Adia had a scan a couple of weeks ago, and the guy thought BT might be a girl, but did not seem sure. This afternoon we are going out to look for a cot.

The weather has been quite civilized. As I look out of my window now I see clouds, but a good sized patch of blue sky. If it can keep this up through June I shall be happy - June can be very gray and depressing.

Progress on our new bridge is frighteningly slow. Our alternative route to the nearest supermarket and other shops is in a bad way. Adia has great problems with it even at crawling speed, so going out is something that gets minimized. Potter is going to fall to pieces soon!

The contractors are now reduced to doing the work with a small bucket brigade - maybe ten men and women with plastic paint buckets and two shovels. There was actually nothing happening at all when I went to take pictures today. They have built a levee of sorts to contain the stream at one side of the pit, but it is leaking quite badly, and so will inevitably fail quite soon. The ground in the deeper side of the pit is deep mud as far as I can tell by throwing a sizable stone into it. How they are going to get a sound foundation for the culvert wall in down there beats me - but then I'm not a civil engineer. However I don't get the feeling that the contractor is either.

At the present rate of progress it could be a year before we have our bridge.

Another Failed Backhoe: This time a tracked one, but I fear old and clapped out.

Another Failed Backhoe.

9/5/2013 - May.

The rain has continued relentlessly, though to be fair, it did not rain much yesterday or overnight, and today is quite bright.

Needless to say, there has been little or no progress on the construction of our new bridge. Yesterday a different backhoe appeared, this time a tracked one. It spent some time expanding the pit, though not as far as one can see in any organized way. Now though it has broken down and may be bogged in the mud. It is quite old and I will wait with interest to see how they get it out.

The contractor has paid scant attention to the needs of the many pedestrians who use the road every day. It's pathetic to see people going to work or college in smart casual attire attempting to pick there way across something that looks like a WW1 infantry training course.

In the weather we've had, the alternate route to Nane Nane and town is also in an awful state. Why they decided to destroy our existing bridge in the middle of the rainy season escapes me!

Otherwise all is well. Adia got back from Bukoba on the 4th, having flown on a little 12 seater plane from Bukoba to Mwanza. Baby T is active and where the gyno wants he/she to be. Adia will get scanned again tomorrow, and then we may know whether it is he or she.

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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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