Monday, September 19, 2011


In November, 2010, Kit and went to Tanzania. I'd been there last in the 70s, when it had no tourist infrastructure to speak of, but lots of animals. Sadly, although it now has the tourist infrastructure, it has far fewer animals. Still, it was a worthwhile trip and they seem, belatedly, to be trying hard to do something about the decline in the wild animal populations.

Remember you can click any photo to see it larger, and at the bottom of each page, keep clicking "Older Posts" to see the remaining photos of the trip.

First stop in Arusha, the capital city, was the Shanga Shangaa (, which provides work opportunities for disabled people. I was interested in going because they make beads from recycled bottle glass, but they do much more, including making sewn goods, metalwork, and even run a restaurant along the stream that borders the property.

Bad photo, I know; I was having camera problems, but here you can see woman sewing on pedal-operated machines, backed by strings of wine bottles.
Old bicycle parts run some of the glass grinding operations.

Arusha's sparkling modern cultural heritage center, which has a wonderful art gallery and a shop selling anything and everything a tourist to East Africa might want (including, of course, tanzanite)

A friendly card game among the local critters:

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