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X marks the spot

MapI don’t remember when I first learned how to use a map – which means it was probably way back in primary school. That’s not how it works in Tanzania.

People don’t use maps. Taxi or bajaji drivers (especially the latter) often don’t know streets by their names, even the major ones. If you’re lost, pointing to where you want to go on a map usually results with a blank stare. Today I was working with a graphic designer (his name, Amour, is oh-so-fitting, but this guy deserves a whole blog post to himself) to create a basic country map, showing where our projects are working. He whizzes his way round Illustrator and Indesign and whatever else on his Mac, but he’d never heard of Google Maps till I showed him, and he knew less about what cities were located where in this country than I did. Continue reading