Tall Tales of Twiga in Tanzania

Doesn't Swahili has the best animal names of any language ?  Twiga for giraffe, Simba for lion, Tembo for elephant - to me these swahili words sound exactly like the animals look! Especially 'Twiga', which somehow manages to convey the tallness, the awkwardness and the beauty of a giraffe in one … Continue reading

Spicy cooking secrets of Zanzibar

Squashed into the back seat of the dala-dala(local minivan buses), escorted by the chatty Heelal and the quieter Sa'id, I marvel at how a thirteen seater van can so easily accommodate twenty - no, we've just stopped again, twenty two passengers! Taking the dala-dala from the markets to the village … Continue reading

Controlling my inner Angelina

"oh, I just want to take them all home" I cry,  as I am surrounded by a dozen gorgeous smiling tanzanian children in Magara village. Until now, I can safely say that adopting a child had never crossed my mind at any time in my life, and suddenly I am coming over all Angelina Jolie and starting … Continue reading