Letter Five from Tanzania

Zima! The unreal teal and blue waters of Zanzibar are not looking as inviting to me this afternoon. After arranging the last of the transport for the students, Julius and I headed to the beach at Nungwi to feast on some octopus curry, and enjoy the deep powdery sand of the Zanzibar’s northernmost beach. As …

Letter Four from Tanzania

Salama! The tide is high this morning, and the waves are crashing on the beach outside my bungalow. I heard a scurrying under my bed, and worried that I’d find a mouse or rat in my suitcase. Nope. It’s a crab. What do you do if you find a crab under your bed? I’m not …

Letter Three from Tanzania–Zanzibar!

Salama! Zanzibar!!! Even the name is exotic. The color of the water here defies description. Heavenly turquoise? Sea foam dream? Impossibly deep salty azure? Like I said, words don’t do it justice. We arrived in Zanzibar at sunset yesterday, and by the time we reached the hotel, the tide was out and the island was …

Letter Two from Tanzania

Mambo! Insects humming over elephant and lion dung provide the soundtrack for this letter. If you were sitting beside me, you’d seen the long open expanse of the Serengeti plains. It’s a harsh but beautiful environment – and the students remind me that this is how they think of Africa. It’s as “Lion King” as …

Letter One from Tanzania, 2015

Hamjambo from Tanzania! Sorry for the long e-mail. I haven’t had time to write until now. I’m back in Africa, although it feels strange to say ‘back’ in Africa. From the moment I arrived, it felt in my heart like I’d never left. It’s amazing how quickly I can re-adapt to the smell of campfires, …