It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… or maybe not.

Christmas Shopping on Market Street in Mwanza, Tanzania.
Christmas Shopping on Market Street in Mwanza.

Trying to stay on the shady side of the street in tropical temperatures, my Christmas shopping experience in Tanzania this year has been pretty much the antithesis of any yuletide cliches I’m familiar with.

    Street scene on Rwagasore Road outside the Central Market in Mwanza, Tanzania.
Street scene on Rwagasore Road outside the Central Market in Mwanza.

At 28 degrees I headed into the packed markets of central Mwanza to embark on the Christmas shopping for my three children, husband, two cats, dog and friends.

Christmas shopping on Rwagasore Road near the Central Market in Mwanza, Tanzania.
Christmas shopping on Rwagasore Road near the Central Market in Mwanza.

But without the dulcet tones of Dean Martin blasting from the shops, novelty knitwear piled high and heartstring-tugging sentimentality, there was a different feel to my festive shopping spree. Saying that, I did spot a few pieces of tinsel, a couple of Christmas trees, and the hustle and bustle was familiar of traditional packed Christmas markets, but instead of mulled wine and chestnuts, my yuletide refreshments consisted of a glass of fresh passion fruit and a potato samosa.

    Clothes shopping on Rwagasore Road near the Central Market in Mwanza, Tanzania.
Clothes shopping on Rwagasore Road near the Central Market in Mwanza.

After a lot of rummaging I managed to get most of the presents, football kits, Tanzania cooking pots, material to make clothes, felt tips, stickers and even a hula hoop, and I returned home a relatively stress-free mum… well until I started the Christmas baking, but then that will be another blog entry.

Christmas shopping on Rwagasore Road near the Central Market in Mwanza, Tanzania.
Christmas shopping on Rwagasore Road near the Central Market in Mwanza.
Handcart full of bananas being pushed round the Clock Tower roundabout on Makongoro Road, Mwanza.
Handcart full of bananas being pushed round the Clock Tower roundabout on Makongoro Road, Mwanza.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Joan Dunnell says:

    Sounds lovely Ali, Christmas without all the razamataz ?? Peace xxxx

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    1. alidunnell says:

      It is… everything is a little more relaxed and laid back here Joan. You could almost forget it was Christmas to be honest. Merry Christmas to you and Bill x

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