her dress changes color to that of your blog
this is lovely
she has a snowflake patterned dress this is great
Everyone who reblogs this will get the title of a book to read based on their bio/posts.
Everyone. I mean it.
THIS IS THE BEST POST
I HAVE EVER SEEN
they really do mean everyone
It’s Christmas time and I haven’t reblogged this yet. What a crime.
I have been waiting all December for this.
I can’t stop myself.
Obviously must be reblogged.
Snorkeling near Kipepeo Beach, Tanzania.
Life in Zion Camp outside Tarangire National Park.
Tarangire National Park.
Spending some time in/near a Maasai village before the field portion.
Life in Babati. :)
Some animals seen in various parks in Tanzania.
Hello good reader! You may have thought I was dead, due to the fact that many days have passed since my last blog update. HOWEVER if this isn’t enough evidence, I am in fact NOT dead, and have just had very shoddy and unreliable internet access for quite some time. But now I have a bit of time and can provide for you a very large block of text of my latest adventures in good ol’ Tanzania. I’m not entirely sure what my last entry was about, and I can’t check because I’m currently typing this in my word processor SO I will start by saying that Zanzibar happened quite some time ago, and was very nice. It didn’t have a huge impact on me, as it was pretty much just tourist-ville and was very pretty and there was shopping and blah blah blah. I liked it! I managed to buy some very nice gifts for my dad and brothers, and went snorkeling. It was a good break in the midst of school.
When we finished classes we went on a week long break, and everyone had the option to go wherever they wanted. I had a wonderful group with me (my friends Erin, Reilly, and Matt) and we made the very long journey from Dar to Babati. It was a 12 hour bus ride with one 15 minute break. Not to mention the fact that I sat in the aisle seat by the door so I got MANY butts to the face. Not that enjoyable. Not gonna lie. We then met up with my family friend Annie, who went to college with my dad and has been coming to Tanzania for the last 18 months or so. She is currently doing a lot with Amka Afrika, which is a small primary school in Babati. We stayed with her in her house for the week and volunteered at the school. The kids were just awesome. They were literally some of the most adorable children I’ve ever seen. And we taught them different subjects and played games with them and it was super rewarding. I just can’t even say enough how much the experience meant to me. Annie didn’t have power at her new house while we were there (which she was constantly apologizing for) and rather than go off to do our own thing at night, we would sit around the table while we ate dinner and just talk. And we would hang around for a long time afterwards and talk about anything and everything and it was just amazing. Sitting around a table by kerosene lamp, talking about philiosophy and spirituality and families and life will forever be imprinted on my brain as one of my favorite memories. I am eternally grateful to Annie for giving us the opportunity to stay there.
After break we went on a week long safari through Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro, and the Serengeti. It was fantastic. There really isn’t much to say other than it was incredibly beautiful and I am pretty sure that at this point I have seen almost every major animal there is to see in Africa. It’s kind of indescribable. Hopefully I’ll be able to post pictures once we return to Dar. Which is only about 3 weeks, and that just blows my mind. Time is really flying by. Currently we are in a campsite near Tarangire National Park, and everyone is working on their respective research projects. Mine deals with adult and child relationships between African elephants, and I spend my days watching elephants for hours. It doesn’t suck I suppose. :p The research aspect has been a bit stressful because I don’t really know how to do research and I’m sort of making it up as I go. But it’s been pretty cool to do this kind of work, especially since I’m hoping to get into animal behavior studies as a future career.
Most of the time, however, we just chill around. And it’s been really great. I feel like I’ve been getting really close with a lot of people on the trip, especially recently. I’m making friends with some people that I never thought I’d be friends with and getting even closer to the friends I had already made. I’m probably the happiest I’ve ever been in my life and though I’m ready to go home in December, I’m very sad to leave this part of the trip. After this, we have one more week long field trip and then we go back to Dar and our host families, which will be incredibly sad because we are all dispersed all over the place and we won’t have classes. There have been some tensions rising from everybody being in such close quarters with one another (we never really manage to find time for ourselves these days) but I’ve just been happy. Happy to bond with new people (and form the amazing Team Prehensile Penis, which needs no explanation beyond the word awesome) and happy to watch everyone’s projects unfold and happy for all the little moments that make this trip one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I love these people and I love this place and I love where I am in my life right now. As I’m typing this, people are blowing up balloons for our Halloween celebration tomorrow, which will consist of makeshift costumes and merriment and I am just overwhelmed with the goodness that is this experience. I am drowning in the glory of it all and I don’t think I’ll ever be the same. Life, she is good indeed.
Look closely, what do you see?
Freshwater well, still used today! People come to it to drink the water for good wishes.
Mosque ruins near Bagamoyo.
Mosque ruins near Bagamoyo.