Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas Polka

I'm sitting in Precision Air's mustard-yellow offices in Moshi to catch a shuttle bus for my flight to Dar es Salaam. The walls are covered with travel posters featuring mountain gorillas, elephants and Zanzibar, while a photo of the president Ndugu Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete smiles from the second floor. A stirring rendition of "Christmas Polka" by Jim Reeves is playing out of what looks to be an old fax machine.

There's something strangely comforting about it.

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