Dar Es Salaam – part two

Dar Es Salaam part two

The two things that interest me the most are books and museums. I am comfortable with them. They are like old friends. That’s the reason why I am always glad to meet one.

Dar Es Salaam

Primitive tools

The National Museum of Dar es Salaam is very well built. It throws you back to recent and less recent history, when mankind was learning to be mankind and tried to find good places in which it could settle. Life was hard. Looking at those primitive tools with which animals were killed and meat cut, the questions arises authomatically: how was this possible? But it was, or we would not be here. Thanks to them we are what we are now.

They were hunters, but not only. They were artists. The paintings they left us are enigmatic and extraordinary at the same time.

Not all of them evolved in the sense that we commonly give to this word.

Some preferred to remain linked to the land. This is the case of the Hadzabe, a tribe that lives near lake Eyasi and still runs a primitive life. It’s fascinating.

Then the rooms of the museum move to a less bucolic past: the history of slavery. Some pictures are not so easy to watch, like the ones that portray the skinny Jews in many Memorials. They help to stop and to think: the lesson must teach something or it is a useless lesson.

The section dedicated to the 20th Century goes through the path of Tanzanian independence, President Nyerere and the birth of a new nation, the one we find today.

Our visit to Dar has ended, but we will come back, I am sure!

We move towards Bagamoyo. Another dive into the past.

We arrive dead tired, but the hotel cheers us up. It’s very beautiful. We have a whole apartment. The complex is very well organized with restaurant and swimming pool. Can we ask for more?