met 40 awesome other math/science/IT volunteers: check
arrive in tanzania: check
use a “pit latrine” daily: check
bathe from a bucket: check
eat delicious fruit: check
learn 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 harmonicas, and the teach yourself to play the harmonica book, although I haven’t used any of it yet, and I did in fact bring pairs of all those shoes. also, I finally got past page 15 in the Fountainhead (a major accomplishment if you know my history with the book).
the following is the mass email that I sent out earlier today, so if you’re not on that list yet you’re not missing anyghing:
“well I guess technically I’ve been gone for a little over two weeks now, but according to our official schedule we have just wrapped up week one. aside from intensive language learning (I can greet, introduce myself and others and say what I am doing, what I have done in the past, and what I will be doing as well as various other things) we have learned all the reasons we should wash our hands and boil everything. So far I have been lucky enough to not get sick other than a minor stomache ache yesterday morning, which I think was actually the result of going out for pizza on Saturday night. I am staying with a family with two brothers and two sisters as well as a mama and a baba (father) and a grandmother and an uncle. They had a volunteer last year as well, so they know the routine. They are very nice, have taught me lots, and feed me well. Tanzania is absolutely beautiful, the fruit is delicious (mango season is on its way and I cannot wait!), and the people are so welcoming and kind. I encourage emails, but even more so encourage real letters. “