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Pole to Pole

Day 102: Dodoma to Kigoma

Michael Palin - Pole to PoleI like Dodoma. It's not beautiful but the people are pleasant. Tanzanians don't intrude, they aren't curious or reproving or obsessive starers. They quietly go about their business, which might include selling wooden whistles outside the Parliament building.

'How much?'

'Four hundred.'

'I only have two hundred.'

'I'll give it to you for three hundred.'

'I only have two hundred.'

'All right. Two hundred.'

Now that's the sort of haggling I like.

I meet an Englishman, a university professor checking out Tanzania prior to some investment from the World Bank. He is in despair over the paperwork needed to get anything done here. He shakes his head in disbelief: 'They have a saying in this country that bureaucracy is like God. It's everywhere'.
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  • Series: Pole to Pole
  • Day: 102
  • Country/sea: Tanzania
  • Place: Dodoma
  • Book page no: 228

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