Dar- Must visit (So says the NY Times!)
So this is what the NY Times had to say about Dar when it placed it 39th among the top 53 places to visit in the world in 2014.
“On the African coast, music thrives in a commercial capital.
Tanzania may be best known for the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro and the game-packed plains of the Serengeti, but the real pulse of the country is found in its largest city, Dar es Salaam.An eclectic mix of music echoes through the beach clubs, open-air bars and nightclubs of this Indian Ocean coastal city. Old-school dance music competes with Swahili hip-hop and traditional drumming, all drawing from the city’s African, Indian and Arab influences. Add in the street food, the beaches and the fact that the year-old African low-cost carrier Fastjet uses Dar as its hub, and it’s easy to see that this commercial capital is more than a stopover on the way to Tanzania’s natural splendor. It is an African metropolis coming into its own.”— RACHEL B. DOYLE
Totally agree (who said anything about being biased?!) I particularly agree with the whole dance music thing because that is honestly what’s helping most Dar residents keep their sanity year in year out amidst the usual evil suspects like traffic jams, power cuts, low salaries etc And the street food? Of course it had to be mentioned as well, its ridiculously addictive and makes you come back for more every single day. Which reminds me, I haven’t had chipsi-mayai since coming back-time to start scouring the city for the best street corner stall to satisfy my cravings!
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Bongo, my city, my home!