After all is said and done, Paul and I really had a good time. Sure,
there were times where I wanted to kill people and
just really hated a particular day but, that happens to me every day
so, just because I'm in another country, I figure, why
should that be any different?
I got to meet some really cool people, experience a different culture
and discover that, the
more I travel, the more I have in common with others. Some things are
different, and that's what makes it worthwhile to
travel, but it's also reassuring to know that many people are just like
I am however, grateful for not having to worry about simple things like
running water, clean water, water pressure, hot
water, not having power outages and air conditioning.
I will miss being able to watch Isidingo every week. It's a South
African soap opera and, well Paul and I got hooked.
I can read updates online but it's just not the same. *sighs* It was
really geting good too.
I'll also miss all the people, especially all of Salma's family.
Collectively, they are the most gracious hosts I have ever had
and never felt my "thank yous" were adequate enough for all they did
for us. Tanzanians are the most generous and kind
hearted people I have ever met and have officially displaced Florence
ony my personal list for the nicest people around.
Despite what Paul thinks, I would enjoy going back again. There is
still much to see and do in Tanzania that we never
got a chance to do. Some was due to financial restrictions and some was
due to time considerations.
Tanzania is a
country rich in natural resources, from it's people to its land, and
seeing more of both is definitely something I would like
to experience more of. I'm still not convinced I could live here
though. I'm far too attached to life, particularly my internet
constant power, having hot water and water pressure and air
conditioning. Still, I can easily handle a month's vacation
again. All I need now is to save enough to return again.
Finally, the food. There is so much food to be had there that you can't
get here that it's crazy. I loved nearly everything
that I tried and I'm just waiting on Salma to give me some recipies for
my favorites so I can make them at home.
Despite what people say, ugali isn't bad and it shouldn't make you
throw up. If it does, then someone didn't make it
right and you should try it again. The food is reason enough to return
THOUGHTS, FOUR YEARS LATER
I've just spent the
last few hours rereading this journal. I haven't looked at it
several years, but I wanted to fix the spelling errors and take the old
coding off and make it match the new website.
quite a lot at some of the stuff that had, originally, pissed me off.
It's quite hilarious and Hendrik, Salma, Paul, and I have
had quite a few laughs over the entire trip. In retrospect,
the things that tick you off are funny at a later date. Just
Paul about driving in Florence, Italy.
I have also had time
to think about it and I do not think I would miss my Internet now as
much as I would have four years ago. I've been online for
17 years and I find that I spend less and less time online than I did
in the past. I still want to return to Tanzania one day and
explore the country's interior as well as revisit a few places I saw
Fortunately, I got to see Leylad and Anau in June
2009. They are studying in Dublin and, while we only had one
together, it was still great. I still miss a lot of the food
had there and Salma's mom's cooking. All I need is the cash
to get back there.