Letters | May 2006
Tanzania is a tantalizingly beautiful country, but the most indelible memory of our visit there is of the Hadza people Brad Leithauser wrote about in your March issue ['Africa Up Close']. Time spent with one of the last hunter-gatherer tribes is an adventure in another world.
For three days, we were allowed to participate in many of the Hadzas' daily activities, totally separated from civilization as we knew it. One morning, we accompanied a man and his apprentice to the "poison tree"; they gathered its pulp and cooked it into a potion for arrow tips. Later, we tromped through the brush with women as they foraged for roots. Thank you for introducing this way of life to your readers.
—jane parker, san diego, calif.
Having grown up in the picturesque sailing town of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, I was pleasantly surprised to see it mentioned in T+L ["Remaking the Gulf Coast," March]. I fear that just as Hurricane Katrina physically devastated much of the coast, the redevelopment proposed by the "star-chitects" who met at a charette in Biloxi might spoil the remaining cultural character. The notion of rebuilding a quaint faux town, such as Seaside, Florida, is upsetting to those of us who value a genuine sense of history. A Disneyesque beachside community may be what some people envision as a panacea for the damaged region, but it will come at the expense of southern Mississippi's treasured authenticity.
—carrie patterson, new york, n.y.
A Walk to Remember
The newest generation of walking tours, as described by Meeghan Truelove ["Stepping Out," March], reminded me that there are plenty of new, discreet ways to learn intimate details about any city around the world. I now scrutinize passersby for the quiet chuckle or amused look of a newly educated visitor, one who is listening to lessons on history, architecture, geography, and more.
—bea levin, san francisco, calif.
I appreciated Jean Chatzky's advice for dealing with leftover foreign currency at the end of a trip [Ask Jean, March]. I like to use my remaining cash to pay part of the hotel bill, minus what I need for the taxi to the airport and tips for the drivers and porters. If I have too much, I overtip—or stock up on Toblerone at the duty-free shops!
—mark weinstein, new york, n.y.
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