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Beginnings, Dar Es Salaam

August 26, 2010

Mambo! (Hello!),

Two weeks have passed since landing in Dar Es Salaam, and while nothing notable pertaining to the research, interviews, or “real” work has begun, I have nonetheless been keeping myself more than busy. Let’s just briefly dive into some highlights of the past two weeks living in Tanzania:

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1.) After Two days of Airports, Arrived in Tanzania on Friday, August 13th. Within 3 hours I had already found myself lugging an oversized shoe rack for the house on overcrowded dala-dalas (mini buses) through the city. Reality check (welcome back to life in the third world, Jonathan).

2.) Visited the HOCET Secondary School in Mkuranga District, and met the children who I will be helping support through my work with Kujali International over the next year. While there is much work to be done, the school is running great and the kids are just amazing. Looking forward to spending time getting to know them better.

3.) Summited Mount Kilimanjaro with Team Kujali. Absolutely breathtaking views, and both a mental and physical challenge I will never forget. Summit day was a brutal 12 hour climb of 8,000 vertical feet round trip, starting at midnight. 10 out of the 11 climbers made it to the summit!

4.) Ventured out to Kariakoo market to purchase a motorcycle, frying pan, and toilet seat. So far, only one of the three has completely broken. Not bad odds, but looks like duct tape will be our best friend over the next year…

In short, after just a few weeks I have a feeling I’ll be fitting in just fine here. It reminds me much of my experience living in India, with similar noise, traffic, pollution, and general daily hazards (speeding buses) and inconveniences (concept of time?), yet the laid back attitude of the Tanzanians and the close access to the beach makes the city much more liveable and enjoyable.

Keep posted- more to come next week!



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  1. Chloe permalink
    August 26, 2010 9:56 am

    In Dar on the beach about 1/4 mile north of the Mediterraneo Hotel off of Old Bagamoyo Rd. (North of Mikocheni, NW of Masani) men pull in large nets of fish almost every day in the afternoon. You can help them pull in the massive nets and then buy whatever comes in. Don’t leave your haggling skillz at home ;). You can gain beach access through the hotel and probably go for a dip in their pool. Their wood-oven cooked pizza even has the Italian stamp of approval.

  2. Taylor Strand permalink
    August 26, 2010 12:26 pm

    Jon, This sounds awesome. I’m so glad you have once again found yourself on another adventure in a far off land :) You are such an inspiration and I look forward to reading more!

  3. September 4, 2010 7:14 am

    Hey there Jonathan! Congrats on making the summit of Kili!! Looking forward to seeing more of your adventures! Safe and happy travels!

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