A light at the end of the Pollution Tunnel


I was warned that this next day was going to be a long commute followed by the worst traffic I have ever experienced. I have commuted from the north end of Toronto into the heart of the city for years, how bad could this be? Answer: Toronto has NOTHING on Dar es Salaam.

The literal snail’s pace of traffic was bad, but the apparent zero control on auto emissions made it utterly unbearable. Bangkok was bad, this was horrific, especially in a truck with no air conditioning.

After a day that started on the road at 5 am, we finally arrived at our fortified camp site, just outside the city limits. It was after 7 pm and I had been on the road for over 14 hours. I dragged myself to the bar to get a well deserved drink and what I saw when I looked beyond the outdoor pool table was breathtaking.

A pristine beach, lined by 10 metre palm trees and lighting the whole scene perfectly was a full moon. The ordeal of a cramped back and diesel fume overload was immediately erased from my memory as I enjoyed dinner and a drink in the moonlight, all while listening to the sounds of palm leaves swaying in the wind.

To top off my experience, for three dollars, I had the option to upgrade to a “Banta”. This would turn out to be the best three dollars I have ever spent. I had no idea that a Banta was a house on stilts, directly on the beach.

Moonlit Sky outide of Dar es Salaam

Moonlit Sky outide of Dar es Salaam


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.

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