'Tanza-frikin-nia' Archive

time time time on my hands

Friday, September 5th, 2008

with less than three months before I return to the mother land, I’ve decided to reflect on some of the things I’ve learned how to do in all my spare time without electricity, running water, or – by some accounts – sanity. 1. Bake bread.2. Bake real sour dough bread. That’s right, I ferment my […]

I’m Declaring Victory

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

Guess what that is? Broccoli and zucchini from MY GARDEN! That’s right, the chickens have been beaten! While they occasionally still break in through the chicken wire, especially the chicks who can squeeze in underneath and through small gaps that the big chickens can’t get through, they haven’t been able to come in full force […]

water water water

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

just a rough idea of how much water I use in a week: drinking and cooking: about 3 liters a day = 21 litersbathing/hand washing/etc: about 1 liter a day, plus 2 10 liter baths a week = 27 literswashing clothes: about 1 “load” a week = 20 literswashing dishes: about twice a week, 10 […]

on malaria

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

there is major movement in the western world (and by major movement I mean people are giving money) to help fight HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB in third world countries – including tanzania, and someone asked me my thoughts on malaria and malaria prevention here. first of all malaria is tragic because it is completely treatable, […]

this is what happens when you teach a difficult subject in your students third language

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

“weight is the SI unit of the moon” “we measure length using fat” “pressure is the amount of water that is boiling” “mass is the quantity of life in an object” “pressure is a disease which happens in the body of people, it is very dangerous” “the weight of a body is due to the […]


Saturday, July 21st, 2007

Cows in Tanzania sound like dinosaurs. Or at least how I imagine dinosaurs would sound, because who really knows right? Do all cows sound like dinosaurs? Who decided that dinosaurs would have sounded like cows? Why not lions or cats or dogs or pigs? Every night when the cows start mooing I think of Jurassic […]

why I keep a pile of rocks on my back doorstep, a story with some pictures

Sunday, July 1st, 2007

so my neighbors keep chickens. lots of chickens. these chickens and me, well we don’t get along so well. for a number of reasons. 1. roosters crow. starting at about 4:30 in the morning. they don’t wait for the sun, nor do they care that I’m sleeping. 2. chickens poo everywhere. including my doorstep. 3. […]

wanna learn about what’s up in TZ?

Monday, June 18th, 2007

links links linksdon’t worry, they’re all safe. and truly, so am I, these are mostly for shock value. Isimila Archiological site – I attempted to visit this place with some friends while in Iringa for training, but wrong directing landed us about 30 miles on the other side of town. We still had a good […]

(some of) your burning questions answered

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

so, my mom sent me a list of questions people have been asking her about me, and I’m sitting at a computer at peace corps headquarters in DSM for free (and with air conditioning!) so I figured I’d answer a few this morning. 1. How do you give tests? Do you just ask the questions […]

Rules of the (Muddy Mountain) Road

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

First of all I’m sitting at a computer where both the letter’A’ and the space bar don’t work so hot, so we’ll see how much I write before I get fed up with this. I think all of my best TZ stories are going to somehow involve crazy travel incidents. While I don’t have any […]