and smoke are the duct tape of Tanzanian culture – an all-purpose solution to
most any problem. I can’t tell you how
many times I’ve heard snapping and cracking outside and thought ‘oh no, what’s that!?’ I’ve looked out the window to see anything
from a smolder to a true blaze.
From my point of view, it seems less than safe to set fires when it’s hot and dry outside, but we’ve got some experienced fire-setters at work because there’s never been a problem.
A few days ago, I saw billows of smoke coming from behind our shed. I went back there to find that our trash pit was undergoing its monthly slow-burn. Your trash might get picked up every Tuesday; mine gets burned at the end of the month.