Before heading to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, I was repeatedly warned not to wonder off on my own as it’s a place that’s considered to be dangerous.
Although I acknowledged and respected the concerns of those who had warned me, my careless curiosity urged me to follow the breezy wind of the East African city.
I jumped on a tuk-tuk with a man named Samson, who took me everywhere I wanted to go. In my handbag I had my passport, 150 000 Tanzanian shillings and my cellphone.
Samson took me for a short hike showing me the different beaches, then he introduced me to his friend who took me kayaking, snorkeling and fishing. I spent about 4-6 hours in the ocean with all my belongings on the beach with Samson.
I quickly learned that the locals we friendly and hospitable. As we passed them in the street and on the beach, they readily greeted us and offered us food, which I was eager to try. It was a really good day; the street food was so interesting, the weather was amazing, and there’s a warm smile around every corner.