Monday, November 16, 2009

Driving Upcountry-5 (Through Ben Mkapa Bridge)


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The bridge is about 7kms long! Indeed a long drive.
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On top of the bridge we saw the bridge was sort of swinging when a heavy vehicle passed over the bridge. This forced us to lear more and we ended up under the bridge. We saw these rubbers which acts as shock absorbers!You can see these between the two concrete blocks, up and down.

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My colleagues exploring under the bridge!


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The bridge from the sides

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Wow! white sands under the bridge. We felt like going down and play with the sand, but people sacred that if we do that we'll end up being delicious meal for the alligators living in that river!!

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The bridge named after the ex-president, benjamin Mkapa Bridge.
My experiences while driving upcountry have become and more adventurous,I have leanrt alot of staff as far as these trips are concerned! These are the pictures of the Benjamin Mkapa Bridge along River Rufiji. A river known to have tormented people from the southern region of this country whereas during rain season people spent weeks to cross the river. So the construction of this bridge was a revolution for people living in those regions.

My conversation with the people living around the area, that is Ikwiriri they told me that, "The constructin of the bridge was full of surprises, for example when the Italians started the constructions there was alot of ''Supernatural things" happening to the extent that the Italians called all the famous oldmen in the village and they decided to slaughter a bull for a sacrifice so that they could be 'allowed by the ancestors' to proceed with the construction". i talked to more than 5 people and they narrated the same story. But they say the sacrifices were successful and the consruction continued. This strange world!!!!! Well I also learnt that there no accidents occured over the bridge. That is good news.

2 comments:

  1. this is appreciable and real development

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  2. MUNGU IBARIKI TANZANIA NA AFRIKA, UHURU NA UJAMA NI MSINGI WA MAENDELEO KWA NCHI ZINAZOENDELEA( PAYS EN VOIE DU SOUS-DEVELOPPEMENT MENTAL/LES PAYS PAUVRES TRES ENDETTES OU PAYS EN VOIE DE DEVELOPPEMENT

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