Tanzania 2016: Letter Six – Homeward Bound

Habari gani – The waves around Zanzibar continue to provide the soundtrack for this last part of my journey. The tide is in, and I think the chupis I have drying on my balcony may get wet from the spray. Hey, it’s a first world problem. Wet chupis. I’m sure I’ll survive. I thought I’d …

Tanzania 2016: Letter Five – Last Days in Tanzania

Mambo! I’m sitting on the banks of the Refigi River at the edge of Selous Safari Park as I write this last letter home. The sunset is a brilliant pink, and the hippos are swimming in the river below me. Last night, the hippos kept me awake. I was convinced there were warthogs around my …

Tanzania 2016 – Letter Four

Freshi! This trip gets better and better.  The beaches of Zanzibar don’t hurt. The first time I saw Zanzibar, I couldn’t really believe the color of the water. It’s incredible. Now I know it’s real, but it still takes my breath away every time I walk on the beach. I’m told there are only a …

Tanzania 2016 – Letter Three

Mambo! It’s our travel day and I’m cruising along the Tanzanian highway with sunrise happening over the mountains on my left and the Great Rift Valley on my right. It’s not hard to believe that our ancestors came from here. It’s breathtakingly beautiful. Shruti, one of our students, just woke up in the back seat, …

Tanzania 2016 – Letter Two

Mambo! You’re probably headed to bed as we’re starting our day. It’s cloudy and about 60 degrees this morning. I think most people think of ‘Africa’ and think hot hot hot. Certainly those hot temperatures are possible, especially with climate change. But it’s been lovely and cool here at the base of Kilimanjaro, with cloudy …

Tanzania 2016 – Letter One

Hujambo! Tanzania is always an adventure, and this year has started no differently. While the group activities have been limited to retrieving people from the airport, never underestimate the excitement that can happen when 18 people take flights through a dozen countries on their way to a tiny airport at the base of Kilimanjaro. Elizabeth, …