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Archive for 2006

first words from my new home

Monday, December 18th, 2006

so I’ve been settling into my new home for the past two weeks. The other teachers have been showing me around, helping me navigate the market and the shops, and finishing the fence around my courtyard, repairing my toilet, and fixing the leaks in my roof. Life without electricity or running water is going well […]

and finally some pictures

Friday, December 1st, 2006

okay, nothing too exciting yet, because the upload process is ridiculously tedious, but here are, in fact, the first pictures I took of my peace corps tanzania experience. Backwards, because I can’t figure out how to change the order. Ha. The outer area of Dar es Salaam. Houses, in the middle of the city people […]

training wrap up

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

ok, so here’s the skinny. We’re done with training in 3 days, and then 39 of us will officially be new peace corps volunteers. I will be teaching at a co-ed school in the Tanga region in the mountains. I have a new address, but for security reasons I cannot post it here, so if […]

the nose knows

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

Surpisingly enough, one of the most difficult things for me to get used to in Tanzania has been the smells. Not that they are bad- some are, many are not- but the familiarity or lack there of often messes with my head. The scents that are not familiar are easy enough to deal with, I […]

welcome rains

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

Morogoro is dusty. Red dusty. And windy. The kind of dust that coats your shoes and your skin after a short walk down any road. The short rains are on their way and they are very welcome, not only because they keep the dust down and allow for planting, but also because they provide a […]

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

well I’m at the internet cafe instead of sitting in my families courtyard doing laundry today, and while I’ll probably be regretting this decision later on this week, it seems like a good way to round out a vacation weekend. We visited Mikumi national park yesterday and got to play typical American tourists in Tanzania. […]

high school blues

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

I’m alive, I can speak Kiswahili a little better this week than last week, and everything is going well. I also started teaching this past week, which has been both really cool and really frustrating. So I thought I’d fill you in on my basic frustrations with the Tanzanian school system. So at the end […]

ahhh, training

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

so about three days ago I had twenty different things that I wanted to write about, now however I’ve been waiting for 25 minutes for the page to open, and all inspiration seems to have left. However, since the chances of me getting to send any emails this week at this rate are slim to […]

morogoro safe and sound

Monday, October 2nd, 2006

met 40 awesome other math/science/IT volunteers: checkarrive in tanzania: checkuse a “pit latrine” daily: checkbathe from a bucket: checkeat delicious fruit: checklearn an entire semesters worth of Kiswahili in one week: check still in the “honeymoon” phase. in love with Tanzania and with life. re: questions from the last blog -yes I brought all three […]

and we’re packing…

Thursday, September 14th, 2006

spending the day resolving my life stateside because I leave tomorrow morning for my brief east coast tour before Tanzania. So far my luggage is weighing in at about 40 lbs, and I get to bring up to 80, so I don’t really think I’m going to have to leave anything I was planning on […]