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September 2013 in Tanzania through the eyes of an Englishman

Waiting for the Bridge: Now for a week for machinery to come and create a temporary road over the new bridge.

Waiting for the Bridge.

6/9/2013 - September.

There were really no macro-events in August. The minor events that occurred are detailed on the news feed.

In September, Alicia is still the focus - there's no avoiding it. She is seven weeks old today, and becoming much more interactive, observant, and curious. It's wonderful to watch her eyes as she scans her surroundings, then finds something that catches her interest. The Serengeti cot is popular. She doesn't sleep there yet, but she gets her nappies changed there, and spends a lot of time looking intently at the pictures painted on it.

She and I communicate at several levels. I cuddle her, I talk to her in normal speech, telling her what's going on around her. Obviously she does not yet understand that, but she seems to like it. Then we also communicate at the baby noises level. If she wakes in the night and makes some sort of sound, I will echo it back, or just give her an "Mmm". It seems to work, and have a calming effect. I am 100% hooked!

Unit 1 of our new plot is now well on the way. The decorators are in now, giving it a final coat of paint. Most of the furniture is made, and the plumbing and electrical systems are fully functional. It's a nice little house - I could live there.

We are still waiting for our new "Kikokwaru bridge" to be available for use. Lots of fill has been dumped on each side, and we have been waiting with decreasing patience for a week for the machinery to come and level it out and compact it. The contractor seems to have the municipality in tow - I'll let you guess why! Every request he has made for a time extension has been granted. I note with apprehension that his staff are talking about 'the machine'. I assume they mean a front-loader, or a bulldozer. But at least that and a vibratory road roller/compacter are required. So I'm assuming that the job will be botched, and then we'll have to spend another two weeks nagging the municipal engineers to force proper completion of the work.

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What is BEV?

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.

Visiting Tanzania?

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.

You might be able to stay at - a great centre for safaris to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Kilimanjaro, and of course our own pet volcano, Mount Meru.

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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