28 June 2008

Heyyyyy! OK so i haven't been very informative on my previous blogs.... here is a typical day in the TZ. I wake up, by the soothing sounds of roosterssssss right outside my window at about 6:30 every day... then i go outside to take my shower!.. my mama heats up some water and puts it in the stall for me.. i bring my treseme and irish springs soap, haha.. and i take a bucket bath! it is kind of hard with all of my hair.. that may be getting cut off soon... so ive only been washing it like once every 4 days! Sorry Shortinos- its true... but its fine, i dont mind being dirty! :) thennnn i get dressed (in my long skirt and shirt) and my mama has breakfast ready for me- usually a hard boiled egg, kitumbua (these really good fried rice doughnut ball things) and a banana... some chai... then i leave for my walk to school at like 7:45... its not a far walk through my village... passing women with anything imaginable on their heads, kids calling us "whitey" in swahili (mzungu), a million chickens (kuku) running around, and Massai warriors on bikes... all the bikers almost run me over, bc i still cant get used to getting out of their way on the leftttt side of the road... we stay at school, learning swahili until 5pm, sometimes we get out early... i really like it though... its only 5 of us in our class, so we learn better, and our teacher Loyce is very good. we have chai and lunch at school, then 5-6pm the 5 of us usually walk around the village, or go to the soccer field and play with the kids, then i get home at around 6, and play with the kids... i have 4 brothers- bacari, mohammed, idrisa, and ahmedi (hes 2 and adorrrable!) and one sister, mariam.. then i help my mama cook dinner, or read through my notes from school, and tryyyy to make sentences that make sense. then at about 8 we'll eat dinner... im pretty used to late dinners in america anyways! hahah... and after dinner i hang out more with my parents.. my baba (dad) speaks some english, so thats helpful... then i go to bed around 9, and usually spend about an hour just doing whatever.. journaling, studying more, watchin/listening to somethin on the pod- thank goodness you guys got me one for christmas mom n dad!.. i really like having it. then i pass out!!! its pretty tiring. but i really love being here... and i love learning the language. we go to school monday-sat.. sundays are our day to go to kilosa, and we go on the internet... tomorrow we are starting a new tradition actually, to make sunday our get drunk in kilosa day.. hahaha... whatever.. we need a break after learning constantly allllll week!!! i unfortunately cant post pics any time soon.. bc if you know me, you could have already guessed that i lost my camera.... yup... second day i got here, haha... its ok though bc i didnt have any pics on it yet!.. in a couple weeks when we go to the big city, Dar es Salaam i will try to buy another one.. no worries.. "hamna shida!" (thats what tanzanians say instead of hakuna matata, they say that in kenya) so yeah! its great!! ill keep posting! love and miss everyone!!!!!!! keep me updated with america!!

Day in TZ

Heyyyyy! OK so i haven't been very informative on my previous blogs.... here is a typical day in the TZ. I wake up, by the soothing sounds of roosterssssss right outside my window at about 6:30 every day... then i go outside to take my shower!.. my mama heats up some water and puts it in the stall for me.. i bring my treseme and irish springs soap, haha.. and i take a bucket bath! it is kind of hard with all of my hair.. that may be getting cut off soon... so ive only been washing it like once every 4 days! Sorry Shortinos- its true... but its fine, i dont mind being dirty! :) thennnn i get dressed (in my long skirt and shirt) and my mama has breakfast ready for me- usually a hard boiled egg, kitumbua (these really good fried rice doughnut ball things) and a banana... some chai... then i leave for my walk to school at like 7:45... its not a far walk through my village... passing women with anything imaginable on their heads, kids calling us "whitey" in swahili (mzungu), a million chickens (kuku) running around, and Massai warriors on bikes... all the bikers almost run me over, bc i still cant get used to getting out of their way on the leftttt side of the road... we stay at school, learning swahili until 5pm, sometimes we get out early... i really like it though... its only 5 of us in our class, so we learn better, and our teacher Loyce is very good. we have chai and lunch at school, then 5-6pm the 5 of us usually walk around the village, or go to the soccer field and play with the kids, then i get home at around 6, and play with the kids... i have 4 brothers- bacari, mohammed, idrisa, and ahmedi (hes 2 and adorrrable!) and one sister, mariam.. then i help my mama cook dinner, or read through my notes from school, and tryyyy to make sentences that make sense. then at about 8 we'll eat dinner... im pretty used to late dinners in america anyways! hahah... and after dinner i hang out more with my parents.. my baba (dad) speaks some english, so thats helpful... then i go to bed around 9, and usually spend about an hour just doing whatever.. journaling, studying more, watchin/listening to somethin on the pod- thank goodness you guys got me one for christmas mom n dad!.. i really like having it. then i pass out!!! its pretty tiring. but i really love being here... and i love learning the language. we go to school monday-sat.. sundays are our day to go to kilosa, and we go on the internet... tomorrow we are starting a new tradition actually, to make sunday our get drunk in kilosa day.. hahaha... whatever.. we need a break after learning constantly allllll week!!! i unfortunately cant post pics any time soon.. bc if you know me, you could have already guessed that i lost my camera.... yup... second day i got here, haha... its ok though bc i didnt have any pics on it yet!.. in a couple weeks when we go to the big city, Dar es Salaam i will try to buy another one.. no worries.. "hamna shida!" (thats what tanzanians say instead of hakuna matata, they say that in kenya) so yeah! its great!! ill keep posting! love and miss everyone!!!!!!! keep me updated with america!!

The average day....

Heyyyyy! OK so i haven't been very informative on my previous blogs.... here is a typical day in the TZ. I wake up, by the soothing sounds of roosterssssss right outside my window at about 6:30 every day... then i go outside to take my shower!.. my mama heats up some water and puts it in the stall for me.. i bring my treseme and irish springs soap, haha.. and i take a bucket bath! it is kind of hard with all of my hair.. that may be getting cut off soon... so ive only been washing it like once every 4 days! Sorry Shortinos- its true... but its fine, i dont mind being dirty! :) thennnn i get dressed (in my long skirt and shirt) and my mama has breakfast ready for me- usually a hard boiled egg, kitumbua (these really good fried rice doughnut ball things) and a banana... some chai... then i leave for my walk to school at like 7:45... its not a far walk through my village... passing women with anything imaginable on their heads, kids calling us "whitey" in swahili (mzungu), a million chickens (kuku) running around, and Massai warriors on bikes... all the bikers almost run me over, bc i still cant get used to getting out of their way on the leftttt side of the road... we stay at school, learning swahili until 5pm, sometimes we get out early... i really like it though... its only 5 of us in our class, so we learn better, and our teacher Loyce is very good. we have chai and lunch at school, then 5-6pm the 5 of us usually walk around the village, or go to the soccer field and play with the kids, then i get home at around 6, and play with the kids... i have 4 brothers- bacari, mohammed, idrisa, and ahmedi (hes 2 and adorrrable!) and one sister, mariam.. then i help my mama cook dinner, or read through my notes from school, and tryyyy to make sentences that make sense. then at about 8 we'll eat dinner... im pretty used to late dinners in america anyways! hahah... and after dinner i hang out more with my parents.. my baba (dad) speaks some english, so thats helpful... then i go to bed around 9, and usually spend about an hour just doing whatever.. journaling, studying more, watchin/listening to somethin on the pod- thank goodness you guys got me one for christmas mom n dad!.. i really like having it. then i pass out!!! its pretty tiring. but i really love being here... and i love learning the language. we go to school monday-sat.. sundays are our day to go to kilosa, and we go on the internet... tomorrow we are starting a new tradition actually, to make sunday our get drunk in kilosa day.. hahaha... whatever.. we need a break after learning constantly allllll week!!! i unfortunately cant post pics any time soon.. bc if you know me, you could have already guessed that i lost my camera.... yup... second day i got here, haha... its ok though bc i didnt have any pics on it yet!.. in a couple weeks when we go to the big city, Dar es Salaam i will try to buy another one.. no worries.. "hamna shida!" (thats what tanzanians say instead of hakuna matata, they say that in kenya) so yeah! its great!! ill keep posting! love and miss everyone!!!!!!! keep me updated with america!!

22 June 2008

2 minutes left on internet cafe!

i love it here! im at a host familiy, the Bonas... theres 5 kids, they're really great! im a 30 min walk from kilosa, the banking town with the internet cafe. its great!! im learning swahili from 8am to5pm 6 days a week!... im getting there slowly!!! we go to the bathroom outside in a hole called a choo! hahaha... its really dirty and greaaattt.... ... i eat rice everyyyy day. its hot and its winter! will write iin a week!

13 June 2008

What's Up Tanzania!?

So I finally made it!!!!!!!!! I loooove Tanzania!! The DC orientation went well. There was 49 of us! And everyone is really cool. The flight took about 19 hours not to mention 3 in between layover hours! But its so awesome to finally be here! I am definitely connected to this culture, and I can't wait to really get into it. For now we have been staying at a hostel compound with all the volunteers, learning about safety and medical help, and we're about to get our vaccinations.. :/ Soon we'll move to Mgorogoro and do another hostel stay, then onto Kilosa, a village we'll stay with our host families! I cant wait!!!!!! ANyways, for now its been really fun getting to know all the other trainees. Everyone is surprisingly just like me... There is a bar INSIDE of our hostel compound! haha... I'm so happy to be here!! The bus is here gg!!