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February 22, 2005

Hanging Out in Dar

Shortly after the music festival ended I headed back to Dar to get ready to go to Itete. Dar is not a particularly interesting place, however there are a few things worth noting that happened while I was there.

A couple of days ago Corry and I went shopping at the health food store. The store is in an area of Dar called Msasani which is where most of the diplomats, expats, and rich Tanzanians live. It is like a little slice of the west, except that I don't think either of the coffee shops in the (small) mall were Starbucks. But there are fences around all of the homes and there is in fact a mall, complete with a playground for the kids to play on. It was all quite comforting in its own strange way. Although I came out here to see Africa, it is still nice to be reminded of home.

One of the women I met on Zanzibar, Marisa, volunteers at an orphanage in Dar and on Saturday I went to visit and juggle for the kids. I was actually quite surprised at how nice the orphanage is. It is in a good-sized house with a big yard in a middle-class neighborhood. There is a house mother and the kids pretty much seem (from my limited observances) like a big family. It definitely did not feel institutional at all. The kids were very well cared for and getting a good education. They all speak English quite well (although one girl pretends she doesn't unless she really wants something...).

Posted by Jillian on February 22, 2005 07:21 AM
Category: East Africa

We have LOVED reading about your fabulous adventures - and some of the not so fabulous. It's good you're writing all this down - it would take you days to tell. We think what you will be doing in Itete is wonderful - you are brave to try to put all that together but know it will be most appreciated by many. I looked your travels up on the atlas - Itete is spelled Utete or maybe that is a different place?? Not all of the names are there but many are. You are getting the education of a lifetime and we're so proud of your following your dream and making it come true. You have our daily thoughts and prayers. Lots of love to you.

Posted by: Aunt Joan on February 22, 2005 02:46 PM

Thanks for the post card from Zanzibar, I appreciate it. It certainly not the way I pictured it. I am happy that you are continuing to enjoy yourself. I guess your health is holding up.God bless you & guide you
Love Grandpa

Posted by: Grandpa on February 22, 2005 08:14 PM

Hi Jill,

Finally getting "in touch" with your adventures. Wow, sounds like you have experienced a lot, to say the least. Bummer you were unable to make the hike up Kilo. Enjoyed your story about the rat...nice of you to let him go. Now that we have finally joined the world in having the internet at home I am excited to keep up with your adventures. What a great way to find out how you are doing! Best of luck in your upcoming adventures! Love, Dawn

Posted by: Dawn on February 27, 2005 03:13 PM
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