Sunday, April 21, 2013

No Place Like Home

Someone recently posted this picture of Dar es Salaam to Facebook, so I shared it.  I don't know who took it so can't give credit where credit is due.

But I love the picture. 

This is my city; with the sprawling masses and the Indian ocean in the background.  Downtown sits right in front of the ocean....where you can see the high rises that are springing up as fast as spring daffodils these days. 

This picture shows only a small fraction of our city.  HOPAC and our house are not in it.  But we travel this area all the time.

Let me point out just one other interesting fact:  You see that road that bisects the picture?  That's the only road going into downtown.  The only main road going downtown in a city of 5 or 6 million people. 

In this picture, the road is 4 lanes, two in each direction. 

Later on, it tapers off into three lanes.
Three lanes, you ask?
What on earth do you do with three lanes?
Well, one lane going one direction; one lane going the other direction and
The Chicken Lane, right down the middle. 
Oh yes.  You know you wish you had one in your city.

Out by us, the road goes down to two lanes.

For 5 or 6 million people. 

Can you see why people say, "I love Dar...except the traffic?"

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