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Old 06-19-2018, 01:40 PM   #1301
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One of the effects of this decision is that a lot of the photos I share may leave an impression that some places are poorer/worse off than that are, because my focus and what I'm interested in is local people and culture, which is often in places where yes, most people are much poorer.
It actually looked better than I thought they were.

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For USA#1ers, a lot of that difference comes from the indoctrinated mindsets about the world that are pounded into your head in from the day you are born about how USA#1 is the best country in the world,
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the only one that matters, Americans are better than everyone else, money is the only thing that matters in life, etc.
This stuff I don't. I can think we're the best without thinking the others don't matter. And by "best" meaning the overall system, freedom, standard of living, etc. I know some countries have a better standard of living but they give up some freedoms for it.
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Old 06-19-2018, 07:27 PM   #1302
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Great stuff Chop. Love the random doggy mates you're meeting along the way. I think Africa would be an amazing place to visit. I'm like you though that I have no interest in doing the whole guided tour thing whereas my bf would probably only be willing to do it that way as he's concerned about the safety aspect.

I liked your reflection on the "how can we make this work?" attitude held by the people as it's one you see a lot in Indigenous Australian communities, particularly in remote areas. The ingenuity people display in regards to fixing stuff and problem solving is incredible.
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Old 07-05-2018, 01:07 PM   #1303
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Just caught up, awesome stuff ass usual. Doing my part to keep page load times down too.
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Old 07-06-2018, 03:26 AM   #1304
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Finally left Dar es Salaam yesterday. In Arusha now. It's the staging town for Serengeti safaris and some Kilimanjaro stuff that doesn't stage out of Moshi.

But whatever that stuff. This conversation from last night is where it's at:

Me: May I please have the chicken tikka and..
Server: (interrupts) The chicken tikka is dry.
Me: That's fine. And the garlic naan.
Server: The garlic naan is dry.
Me: That's fine.
Server: They are both dry.
Me: Yes, that's OK.
Server: (Looks at me) They are both dry.
Me: OK.
Server: You should have pepper steak.
Me: Nah, I'd like Indian.
Server: You should have Chinese chicken.
Me: No thanks. Chicken tikka and garlic naan.
Server: (calls over chef) He wants chicken tikka and garlic naan.
Chef: They are both dry.
Me: ...
Server: ...
Chef: ...?
Me: So.. I can't have them?
Server: You can't have them.
Me: Because they are too dry.
Server: Yes.
Me: OK, I will wait until breakfast to eat.
Server: OK.


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And no, dry does not mean that they ran out. Both were confirmed available by the chef. They were just certain I wouldn't like them because they were too dry. lol
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Old 07-06-2018, 07:48 AM   #1305
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I absolutely admire your attitude. I would have jumped in triangles there and they would have made me this chicken. But at cost of so much of my energy, that it would be so not worth it. Your approach is much better.
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Old 07-06-2018, 12:05 PM   #1306
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Dang, I like dry chicken.
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Old 07-11-2018, 01:24 PM   #1307
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Watched three lions eat a cape buffalo alive this afternoon from about 12m/40ft away. The buffalo kept trying to get up and each time, the lions immediately brought it down again and just kept on chewing. It let out some pretty heart-rending moos. Damn, nature.

Currently in a tent somewhere in north Tanzania but somehow have cell signal so here's a bad low res photo. Serengeti tomorrow.



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Old 07-11-2018, 02:01 PM   #1308
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LFS would have stepped in and broken it up.
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Old 07-11-2018, 02:44 PM   #1309
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LOL, I know people that would have tried to pet the lions.

Lucky they didn't crave a chopstick for dessert.
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Old 07-11-2018, 08:24 PM   #1310
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Yeah meat popsicles for dessert
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Old 07-12-2018, 06:46 PM   #1311
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This is an amazing thread and I am so happy that you are continuing to update us with all of your adventures, Chopstick. I really appreciate you being being able to introduce us to so many interesting people and places. Thank you.
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Old 07-12-2018, 07:25 PM   #1312
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They were just certain I wouldn't like them because they were too dry. lol
Haha I probably would have told them, "Perfect! I love both my chicken and my naan dry. The drier the better. I'm really looking forward to seeing if you can make it drier than they make it in the US."

Just out of morbid curiosity, it seem like they genuinely were concerned with their reputation and/or your enjoyment? Or do you think it was more a laziness factor given that that sauce/marinade and seasoning combo might not be the easiest thing to make on their menu?
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Old 07-12-2018, 09:13 PM   #1313
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This is an amazing thread and I am so happy that you are continuing to update us with all of your adventures, Chopstick. I really appreciate you being being able to introduce us to so many interesting people and places. Thank you.


Yes well said and it echoes
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Old 07-12-2018, 09:13 PM   #1314
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LFS would have stepped in and broken it up.


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Old 07-12-2018, 11:18 PM   #1315
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This is an amazing thread and I am so happy that you are continuing to update us with all of your adventures, Chopstick. I really appreciate you being being able to introduce us to so many interesting people and places. Thank you.
I just hope I'm still alive when he posts pics of the dark side of the moon.
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Old 07-13-2018, 09:32 AM   #1316
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I just hope I'm still alive when he posts pics of the dark side of the moon.
When he does that, I'll be ticked Pink (Floyd.)
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Old 07-16-2018, 03:40 AM   #1317
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Glad you guys are still enjoying the thread. Thanks for helping keep the page load times down as well. I'm in Arusha, Tanzania right now and when I try to load the page I can't see most of the images because the internet here is lol. Heading to Nairobi in a day or two and hopefully the connection there will be good enough to post some more photos and put a dent into the never-ending struggle to catching up to present day.

Rapini - it was because they were convinced I wouldn't like it. Have run into this a few times before. Usually it's food-related, but sometimes it's other stuff like being told there are no rooms available somewhere because they ran out of rooms with "Western" style toilets and only have rooms with squat toilets available. The assumption is that I won't want a room with a squat toilet, so they just say there aren't any left. It's very common with transportation - if I ask about how to get from A->B, it's always a taxi that gets recommended, never a tuk-tuk or a dala dala (minibus) or anything used by locals. The unifying theme is a stereotype that is so engrained that it causes people to not consider the possibility of deviation from the stereotype.

Just got back from a 4 days safari in the Serengeti and surrounding areas. Saw a ton of animals, visited a Maasai village, etc. Up to Nairobi from Arusha tomorrow or the next day via bus. 7-10 days there, most likely including a trip to the Maasai Mara, then on to Kampala in Uganda on another bus. Kigali, Rwanda after that.

Still learning more Swahili and also picked up some Maa (the Maasai language) as well. The difference in how people treat you when you can greet them and manage a short back and forth in their own language is usually meaningful, but here it is amazing. Seems like not many mzungu take the time to learn anything other than "thank you", if they even bother learning that. My favorite is when someone yells "mzungu!" at me and I reply with something like "How are you this afternoon? Doing OK?" in Swahili. That is always met with widened eyes and laughing approval. Then sometimes something in Swahili that I understand about 20% of the time.

Slang is also something I always try to pick up a little of. When someone asks me in Swahili "how are you?" I can now reply with a Swahili rhyme that translates to "crazy cool like a banana" which is about as ultra casual slangy as it gets. There is an extended version of the rhyme that appends "in the fridge" which people will often reply with to complete the phrase, so I make sure to only say the first part to allow for that. Then you both nod and laugh and everyone is relaxed and chill. Absolutely one of my favorite ice-breakers ever.
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Old 07-16-2018, 02:25 PM   #1318
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Rapini - it was because they were convinced I wouldn't like it. Have run into this a few times before. Usually it's food-related, but sometimes it's other stuff like being told there are no rooms available somewhere because they ran out of rooms with "Western" style toilets and only have rooms with squat toilets available. The assumption is that I won't want a room with a squat toilet, so they just say there aren't any left. It's very common with transportation - if I ask about how to get from A->B, it's always a taxi that gets recommended, never a tuk-tuk or a dala dala (minibus) or anything used by locals. The unifying theme is a stereotype that is so engrained that it causes people to not consider the possibility of deviation from the stereotype.
LOL white privilege.
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Old 07-18-2018, 09:23 PM   #1319
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Rapini - it was because they were convinced I wouldn't like it. Have run into this a few times before. Usually it's food-related, but sometimes it's other stuff like being told there are no rooms available somewhere because they ran out of rooms with "Western" style toilets and only have rooms with squat toilets available. The assumption is that I won't want a room with a squat toilet, so they just say there aren't any left. It's very common with transportation - if I ask about how to get from A->B, it's always a taxi that gets recommended, never a tuk-tuk or a dala dala (minibus) or anything used by locals. The unifying theme is a stereotype that is so engrained that it causes people to not consider the possibility of deviation from the stereotype.
Thanks for responding. That makes me sad, but it's good to know that it exists.
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Old 07-18-2018, 09:46 PM   #1320
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The difference in how people treat you when you can greet them and manage a short back and forth in their own language is usually meaningful ...
Just wanted to emphasize this for anyone who reads chopstick's adventures and hasn't had the chance to travel much. Even little connections make for a much richer experience.

I cannot recommend strongly enough taking this approach, and making sure you try to get away from the resort people a little bit and meet with the "real" people.

Go to a local bar and have a beer with them watching the football match. Go down the side street and see what's down there. et cetera. You'll thank me later.
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Old 07-18-2018, 09:46 PM   #1321
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Watched three lions eat a cape buffalo alive this afternoon from about 12m/40ft away. The buffalo kept trying to get up and each time, the lions immediately brought it down again and just kept on chewing. It let out some pretty heart-rending moos. Damn, nature.

Currently in a tent somewhere in north Tanzania but somehow have cell signal so here's a bad low res photo. Serengeti tomorrow.



Thoughts & prayers.
Holy **** that's insane. I'm glad they spotted the buffalo before they spotted you.
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