Trying not to write another blog post about crime in this city, because I’m sick of hearing about it, talking about it, even dreaming about it. So maybe: something about the absurdity of days here? A morning struggling through the thick knots of desparate, angry young men in the city centre – taxi drivers that nearly start a fight to get your custom, snarling market hawkers resentful of your rich white faces, opportunist thieves and their violent fists – and the same evening, finding yourself admiring the modern art and marble worktops of a four-bathroomed apartment with sea view and private gym.
I hate lazy travel writing that sums up a destination as a place of contrasts – you can always find them if you look – but I can’t get away from the disjointed reality of Tanzania sometimes. The conflicts can be depressing, but not always, and sometimes they make for great pictures (exhibit A: maasai using mobile phones). My latest favourite is of the country’s most stylish spice farmer, who no doubt got his stuff from the among the piles of second-hand clothes at some market. This guy lives in rural Zanzibar, one of Tanzania’s poorest regions, and helps out on spice tours for small tips, but still manages to work a pretty individual look – with a lot of confidence to boot.
More pictures of Zanzibar, etc. on my flickr page.