My Kahama Tanzania Friends
What a beautiful and inspiring post - it makes me want to go look for a ticket for Africa right now, and go on the same adventure youre doing. I have been to Ethiopia and Kenya, and loved it, I agree the people are much more interesting that the animals and the nature. I love your pictures of people and ordinary things because you can see you regular people live every day.
Hi Andy, you need to learn some Kiswahili! MyEye is actually mayai, just means eggs. Im enjoying your posts again, having had a period of voluntary abstinence when I was travelling myself and couldnt deal with all the mail and inbox clutter. But in recent weeks, Ive noticed youve been concentrating a lot on this body odour topic, which seems like something you should have got used to a long time ago. In my experience, people bathe very frequently in Africa, even if it means walking a long way to a stream of fresh water. But in many parts its rare that people use chemical deodorants or anti-perspirants to mask their natural perfume. Are you still doing that yourself?
I enjoyed seeing Kahama again. I was a PCV there for over two years back in the mid sixties. I think it is rather funny the talk on body ordor. Africans are cleaner than most PCV's. If you find a water hole, you will always see a group of people bathing.
I remember when I was in my first month in Kahama, I was walking down the street sniffing and saying to myself, these Africans smell. Then I looked behind me and I could see the Africans sniffing and I know they were thinking, these mzungas smell.
About a month later, I was walking down the street and noticed I didnt notice any smell and the people passing me didnt either. I concluded that once you eat the African diet, your body smell become the same. We are what we eat.
Anyways "good on you" to be traveling the falling off the map places. They are the only ones that provide adventures.
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PCV - Peace Corp Volunteer. The world developes and what is reality in the 60's is not the reality of today.
Development sometimes destroys the normal daily activities, I did not see people going to bath in the river. I see peope trying to bath near their home. The problem is not all homes have bathing areas because it cost money. They need to go to the river, but that would be old fashioned, the elect to take less showers.
Getting in a bus with a person is also newer development, we know more how people smell as our lives become closer.
Any way you do it, taking shower in East Africa is a very cold experience at 1300 meter or more above sea level. I avoid them.