Summer Abroad: Moshi, Tanzania

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Moshi street scene: man riding what appears to be a Flying Pigeon

In honor of August being the month when many people go on vacation, and when those of us still around like to pretend we are on vacation, Cycle Style Boston is taking you abroad. Having already taken you to the bustling streets of Buenos Aires, we now head east. Last July I had the privilege of travelling to Tanzania for a family wedding. We stayed in the city of Moshi, near the famous Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. Naturally, many photos were taken, and given that bicycles are a common way for people to get around in developing countries, naturally many bikes and people riding bikes managed to find their way into these photos. Here are a few highlights.

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I’ll leave it to your imagination what all that white stuff is

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Moshi street scene: dala dalas, pushcarts, pedestrians, billboards and a bicycle

The snows of Kilimanjaro

The snows of Kilimanjaro, some maize, a dirt road, but no bikes

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2 Comments on “Summer Abroad: Moshi, Tanzania”

  1. cris says:

    I remember visiting Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro five years ago, and seeing tons of Flying Pigeon style roadsters hauling insanely hugely loads on their rear rack. One day, on the road to Arusha, we passed one roadie in full spandex kit with a carbon-fiber bike and he looked like a visitor from an alien planet.

    • Cris, you’re right, it is pretty impressive what people manage to carry by bicycle there. Next time I go I’d like to try and get some photos of them. Climbing Kili is another big goal.


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