Sunday, August 9, 2009

Writing from Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Arrived safe and sound in Dar Es Salaam Sat 8 August, right on schedule -- about 3 PM Dar time (7 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time). Settled in at the hotel, went down to the open-air restaurant for some delicious bottled water, watched a little Tanzanian TV, and slept very well right until my wake-up call at 6:30 this morning.

Today I went to Kariakoo Market, other shopping districts, and to two points on the Indian Ocean - Slipway and Coco Beach. My guides on these excursions were the marvelous gentlemen Bashir and Mr. Idi, who work for the hotel. I have excellent photos of our day, but haven't been able to post them due to connectivity problems on this end. I may end up posting all pix after my return to U.S. -- Ditto for Twitter -- haven't been able to get on their site to tweet since landing in Dar.

The conference starts tomottow with opening ceremonies and the Burt Award event -- for excellence in African young adult fiction. I'll blog updates as often as I can from the conference, which is being held at the University of Dar Es Salaam.


  1. "Greet All Home People!" as we say in Nigeria. That is, say hello to everybody there -- from everybody in Alaska.

  2. I look forward to hearing all about your wonderful experience. So glad you arrived safely!