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four-mzee-y-col-small-wWatching the world go by in Dar

street corners

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Excited to be heading back to Dar this weekend, revisiting old haunts and drinking kahawa on street corners.

glimpses

Work on the Sea Level project is ebbing and flowing, slowly. Inspired today by the intense angles of Stone Town Zanzibar’s narrow streets, neck craning glimpses of balconies and skies.znz-blu-balcony-flat-w2

on the road

znz-309-dala-wA new year and some new roads to be explored. Zanzibar daladala style, often the journey is as remarkable as the destination.

visram building

visram building drawA lovely 1936 building on Morogoro road – currently even lovelier while the road is a pedestrianised area!

gleaming towers

bus-stop-duka-copyThe layered histories of Dar es Salaam are slowly erased as these buildings come down and their residents are forced out. Many may end up in the unplanned neighbourhoods that house 70% of the city’s inhabitants, where poverty dictates that tea-leaves and sugar are sold by the spoonful. In their place are gleaming towers, whose enclosed facades provide no glimpses of lived lives, except your own reflection that they throw back at you.

Excerpt from writing by Knut Myhre (to be included in the 3rd edition of Street Level fingers crossed!)

sea level

sea cal flyer blogA precursor to the book: Sea Level calendar available soon! Proceeds go to Sea Sense marine conservation work in Tanzania.

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