Tanzania: Friday night at the hospital

aga khanIt all started innocently enough. On Thursday evening the whole team had a lavish dinner at one of Dar es Salaam’s fanciest hotels. I’d never seen that much food in my life. And everything was a delight. I filled my plate with rainbow-coloured vegetables and stir fried seafood. Unable to decide, I went for it all in the drinks section: coconut juice, freshly squeezed sugar cane juice and white wine. I’m not proud of this (as a vegetarian), but I even had a bite of excellent succulent lamb from the barbecue. And then I sampled at least five kinds of different desserts. I wasn’t alone in this, all my colleagues enjoyed a similar feast. We all went to sleep full and content. 

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