| Photo Diary | On the Roadi

One evening in Tanzania I sat on side of the very long and very straight Morogoro Road with our driver talking about this and that. In the meantime, Hiro and our friend went about taking photos of people and this and that.

I remember how Hiro and his friend got caught up in a group of kids and they made a lot of noise. So much that one of their mothers came out to scolded them over the commotion.

Despite all being caught in our own thoughts, together we watched many people going this way and that way. We said "Jambo" to many people and "Shikamoo" to a few more. Because in Tanzania we like to acknowledge the people that we pass even if they are strangers and even if we may never cross paths again. Then the sun set and the day ended. I remember feeling very satisfied and that was a good day. 

P.S. in Swahili we have a curious habit. We often stick an "i" at the end of an English word to turn it into a slightly more Swahili word.  Like road in english becomes roadi in Swahili.  We do have a proper word for road (barabara) but in less formal slangy talk....we say roadi!


  1. That's interesting about the I at the end of words. I've found that in American a lot of people struggle to understand my accent but get Hollie's, maybe I just talk more regional that her. I get called "Muffie" all the time, instead of Matthew, so I've started saying Mat. Stunning images from your time here, they feel very rich, vibrant and full of real life.

  2. i love this post yasumi. and that second to last picture is so so breathtaking.

  3. I have heard of African sunsets, but I've never seen one except in the Lion King - these photos are just breathtaking! And what beautiful little children in the second photo. I'm not really much for kids, but I doubt anyone could resist those faces :)

  4. Adore these pictures, the children are so cuuuuute, I want to pinch their cheeks. I love these kinds of pictures, real life of the people in places...wonderful to see xx

  5. Your blog is one of those places I am so happy to come to for posts like these. I always learn something and feel like I've been let in on a little secret of what its like somewhere else in the world :) Gorgeous photos my dear.

  6. Gorgeous shots! I can only wish I could take pictures like these. Bought a new smart camera by Samsung but its so smart, I look stupid trying to figure it out! Your article just give me an idea.. I'm going to try and add 'i' to my English words.. could be a fun game with the boys ;)


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