The ‘Tyred’ Mechanic

When I was in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, earlier this year I took a cheeky shot of a ‘tired mechanic’. It was early in the morning and most people were bright and bubbly, enjoying the cool start of the day. This guy had perhaps not had the benefit of a good night’s sleep and was enjoying a short nap in his tyre-chair.

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Windows on the World

 

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A stone house with a tin roof and maybe, one day, some glass windows.

Unguja Island, the largest island of the Zanzibar Archipelago, is according to Tripadvisor, a ‘breathtaking spot to escape the world’. And so it is. The East coast has beautiful white palmtree-lined beaches, a coral reef and warm waters. The tourists flock to the resorts, enjoy the watersports or laze by the pools, eat the gourmet food and drink bottled water. If it gets a little hot they turn on the air conditioning and or a fan. One can indeed escape.

In the sandy streets behind the beach, are many small villages where life is different. For them ‘escaping the world’ might mean something else.

But the right kind of tourism and development might mean that one day these kids get a decent education and one day perhaps a window with glass in it.

 

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Cheesy Lines

Earlier this year I was in France visiting friends. I spent some time in the Alps skiing, but couldn’t resist a few days in the world’s city of gastronomy, Lyon.

Markets are always a drawcard for me when I travel. Les Halles didn’t disappoint. The cheeses were so beautiful and varied that it was hard to chose which ones to indulge in. Only the price was limiting!

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Les Halles de Paul Bocuse, Lyon.

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