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I was so excited about visiting
When I left the plane in DAR ES SALAAM, oh!! It was so hot!! It seemed I was in a sauna. Out of the airport there were lots of families and what called my attention the most was the fact that all women: old, young and children, were wearing dark long dresses, the burca. It was possible just to see their eyes, beautiful and deep look they had. I found them so elegant, so different from my culture, and could not stop looking at. Sometimes, one of them looked at me and gave me a welcoming smile. So nice.
I wanted to know as much as I could about the country’s culture. I tried to take a DALA- DALLA visit the fish market and other places in town, as my flight to Kilimanjaro would leave just in the evening, around 08:00pm. But all people outside the airport discouraged me.
“ The traffic is so bad, it´s better to stay at the airport”. That´s what everybody told me.
Ok! So I entered a shop in order to use the internet and make a call. I had to wait for that so, I started to talk to the ladies from the shop and tried to learn some basic Swahili words.
VOCABULARY ��" how to be polite in Swahili
· GREETING: one say “MAMBO” and the other reply “POA”
· THAK YOU: ASHANTE
· WELLCOME: KARIBU
· GOOD-BYEI: KWAHER
· NO: APANA **
**(believe me or not but NO is such a basic word to be learned in this language, as well as the others above. And I got to know that just on the following day)