After my last day of work, packing, 5 days of pre-field orientation at Houghton, 2 full days of driving with 2 weddings in 2 states sandwiched in the middle this past weekend, it's safe to say our transition to our new lives is well underway. We've now hit the point where the girls ask us every evening what the next day will hold. We've started to say goodbyes to U.S. friends who we'll leave behind (though some of the hardest ones are still to come).
Work permits approved, Taiwan visas in process, tickets confirmed for July 22, but still paying the bills for our house full of numbered boxes and disorder that doesn't quite feel like home anymore.
Anna's first podcast is now available on Soundcloud. In Episode 1, Anna answers some tough questions, warns you not to waste bandaids, and gives a recommendation for a favorite show. The podcast is created and produced by two of the most talented people I know (yes, I am hardly impartial but listen and see for yourself). The episode should be available on iTunes later this week.
The seed is in the ground.
Now may we rest in hope
While darkness does its work.
Berry, Wendell (1998). A Timbered Choir. Berkley: Counterpoint. p. 131.
The 2015 EcoHealth course has drawn to a close but photos are up on my Flickr page.
Everyone is through security and checked in. Desmond is on his way already. The rest of us are waiting sweaty and tired in the airport. Don't think that most of us will have any trouble sleeping on the flight tonight! Students are looking forward to some rest and seeing loved ones. Thanks again for the privilege of sharing the last two weeks with your students!
After a 7 AM breakfast, we flew out of Mbeya and arrived in Dar es Salaam just about an hour ago. All luggage came through unscathed.
In case you haven't heard, traffic in Dar is bad - I mean really bad. We are heading across town to a small shopping center called Slipway. Most of us have 10 hours in town so it's too much time to sit at the airport, and yet about half those hours will be spent fighting traffic.
We actually said goodbye to Desmond at the airport because his flight departs in the afternoon and he would have had to spend 5ish hours in taxis for 30 minutes at the shopping center. Pole sana (very sorry) Desmond!
After a visit to the hospital at Matema, we are now in Mbeya for a hospital tour and a final dinner together. Dr. Cavener leaves us tonight. The rest fly to Dar es Salaam on FastJet tomorrow morning and then depart Tanzania tomorrow night.
The students have been a wonderful group and a pleasure to travel and learn with. Please be sure to give them lots of time to gush and process when you see them in a few days' time!
Students walked down the beach to the village this morning. After lunch we headed up one of the valleys of the mountains in this picture to find a waterfall. Tonight we're having a fish barbecue and a fire on the beach. Hard to believe we'll be heading home in a few more days!